Arts and Craft Trails

Explore Art Trails in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire has a vibrant network of galleries with exciting programmes of many free contemporary art exhibitions, talks, film screenings and other events. Some of the venues are large and easy to find, others a bit off the beaten track. Enjoy exploring Yorkshire’s art with our selection of trails below and get ready to admire art, craft, sculptures and other art forms in the various locations.

Leeds Art Trail

Download your free guide to contemporary art in Leeds and also check out the Leeds Art Walk, details below.

The Leeds Art Walk takes place on the first Wednesday of every month and offers art lovers a whistle-stop tour of the ‘pick of the month’ exhibitions and visual art across the city. It is a collaborative initiative led by Pavilion and The Tetley and is a great opportunity for members of the public to meet fellow art lovers and experience the best of visual art in Leeds.

The Leeds Art Walk is free and open to all. Booking is not essential but it does help estimate numbers. To book on to the next Leeds Art Walk, join the mailing list or for more information please contact [email protected] To view future art walk schedules click here.

Ilkley Art Trail

Ilkley is turned into a huge art gallery with paintings, sculpture, jewellery, textile art, woodwork and experimental art on show for five days every autumn. Free and open to everyone, Ilkley Art Trail welcomes the public into artists’ homes and studios. The Trail promises a brilliant show of original art. As well as private living rooms opening up as exhibition spaces, the last Trail’s locations included therapy rooms, shopping centres, hotels, churches, gardens, pubs and a sculptor’s shed.

Swaledale and Wensleydale Arts and Crafts trail

Many Arts and craftspeople live and work in Swaledale and Wensleydale, finding inspiration in a unique country side of pastoral riverside villages, tumbling waterfalls, sweeping fells and moorland. 

They are a diverse band of artists working in and with a wide variety of materials wood and wools, metaland fabric, clay and candle wax, rope, felt and copper. All of them are dedicated to creating high quality beautifully crafted products for the market both at home and overseas.

Visit them in their own workshops and take home a piece of the artistic Dales. The villages where the workshops can be found are Reeth and Muker in Swaledale and Hawes, Hardraw, West Burton, Wensley and Garriston, in Wensleydale.

Take a trip round the dales and see sculpture, pottery, ropemakers and more. To view the trail, see below:

Bradford Sculpture Trail

Discover Bradford’s Sculpture Trail, an interesting way to learn more about Bradford’s sculptures. Don’t miss the Clock and Chair in Little Germany.

Open Up Sheffield

Open Up offers the opportunity to see and speak to artists and craftspeople in their studios and workshops. From Silversmiths to Sculptors, Painters to Potters, come and see the creative process in action!

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