The ArtsTrail Studios is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation with the objective of celebrate and promote contemporary art, so increasing the visibility of local artists and their art.

Our mission is to provide creative opportunities for artists specialising in paint, print, photography, and sculpture to showcase and sell their work.

All aspects of our work are provided regardless of age, colour, creed, sexuality or disability. We exist to:

  • support artists from deprived and unsupported backgrounds or those with mental and/or physical disabilities;
  • to offer the general public opportunities to develop a wider appreciation of the visual arts in all their formats by providing easy and relaxed access;
  • to encourage artists at every level to develop their skills and gain access to the wider professional arts community and commercial opportunities;
  • and to develop the range of local opportunities, venues and relationships to benefit artists, the public, organisations and businesses.

How do we do this?

Our Studios offer an open door – the studios offer a location where the passing public can walk in to a friendly and open environment and meet local artists at work and see the work of many more.

The studios also offer working spaces for artists at rents set on a non-profit basis, together with a gallery in which their work can be displayed.

We act as an arts hub for the visual arts in the area, linking artists, art groups, community organisations and local businesses and institutions. This helps to develop a wide range of outlets for artists to display and sell their work, and at the same time responds to requests from local businesses and organisations for displays.

We foster the development of new and current talent of all levels by offering individual advice and support.

We offer a full range of high quality scanning printing and framing on site.

We display a wide range of artwork in the studio and are always keen to hear from new artists who wish to join us.

We offer the studios as a venue for use by a wide range of organisations such as seasonal shows, comedy festivals, cinema festivals, and workshops.

We run Arts Fairs and promote the Arts Trail walks.

Volunteers are always welcomed and we can always find a way to make use of whatever skills or experience they  bring. The volunteers themselves gain in many ways in a friendly environment, learning about the art world, techniques, and marketing.