Welcome to the 2019 Ilkley Art Trail programme. Yes, the Trail happening at a different time this year. We made the decision to move the Trail to the end of June partly to see if better weather makes a difference to visitor numbers but also June allows us to access venues that normally are being used by the Literature Festival. Let us know what you think about the change of date.
Ilkley Arts has had a busy 18 months since the last Trail. Most significantly we have moved to the Manor House estate and are based in two spaces in the cottages adjacent to the Manor House. This has allowed us to create a new beautiful studio space in No 4 Castle Yard and a new venture linked to the new Ilkley Arts Hub scheme.
We have opened the Solar Gallery in the Manor House and set up a new membership scheme for people who love art. Lots has been happening in the last 18 months.
So, to the Trail - have over 50 artists exhibiting in the Trail this year in 24 venues and the quality of their work is as high as ever. This year in the programme fringe events happening before the Trail, workshops during the Trail and some fantastic art events happening after have all be included – so make sure you put the programme somewhere safe.
Ilkley has a thriving and developing art scene and one that we should all nurture and celebrate. Enjoy the Trail.