North-West Wiltshire’s Peacock Arts Trail flies again, from 11-19 September, and over 70 fabulous artists and craftspeople from Corsham, Chippenham and Melksham are taking part.
Scheduling the event during the pandemic has been tricky. Originally, an extravaganza of inspiring virtual events and demos on www.peacockartstrail.co.uk was planned. However, it was decided in July that artists can open their studios, if they wish, with the online programme still reaching out to art lovers around the world.
The free-to-visit event will see artists welcoming people into their studios, organising ‘real life’ workshops or (new for 2021) posting live virtual demos on the Peacock Arts Trail website.
There are also group events at venues including Corsham’s Almshouses and Pound Arts Centre; Chippenham’s Yelde Hall and King Alfred’s Hall, and Melksham’s Town Hall, amongst others. Two ‘Covid-beating’ initiatives see displays of work in windows lining Corsham and Chippenham’s town centres (and yarn bombing too!).
Rachael Holtom, one of the volunteer organisers, said:
‘The pandemic was dreadful for local professional artists and makers, as they were not able to go to art fairs and shows to sell their work. But, it has also inspired so many people stuck at home during lockdowns to explore and enjoy their creativity thus helping their wellbeing.
The Peacock Arts Trail will help boost the local creative community; provide lots of real-life and virtual inspiration for new artists and crafters and, crucially, provide a much-needed pop of colour in our area after such a dire year and a half.”
Just some of the many talented Chippenham artists displaying their work during the Peacock Arts Trail…