For the past 38 years we have been championing contemporary craft in the vibrant city of Leeds to shine a spotlight on independent makers and their small businesses from across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. Through an exciting seasonal exhibition programme we highlight the skills behind handmade and share their inspiring stories. Bringing these amazing collections of contemporary craft together under one roof has created a haven for many visitors to escape the stresses of daily life & create mindful experiences. Please help us keep the gallery and the hundreds of small businesses we support alive by donating what you can so we can continue to keep bringing the very best of contemporary craft to you and help us and these creative industries thrive.
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Well the red bunting was up in Saltaire for the recent May Bank Holiday weekend so that could have meant only one thing...The Saltaire Arts Trail was back! And what another great event in the Yorkshire region for the whole family with creative activities for the kids, maker master classes and demonstrations, performances and of course those beautiful mill homes of Saltaire being opened up as a village art gallery!
Speaking to some of the makers in the makers fair in Victoria Hall it was easy to appreciate why it’s one of their favourite shows to partake in; it’s friendly and full of community spirit as well as a great venue to showcase their selection of original jewellery, prints, ceramics and wall art. It was great to see some of our makers at the fair too including jeweller Catherine Woodall, textile artist Lindsey Tyson, printmakers Karoline Rerrie and Sarah Harris and etched glass by Andy Poplar of ‘Vinegar & Brown Paper.’
The Trail this year also featured Rural Crafts Re-imagined, a touring exhibition of traditional craft in contemporary practice. Children from Saltaire Primary School took part in master class workshops with some of the artists; seeing their response to their experience with their own work on display was a great addition to the show.
If you missed out on all this excitement this May don’t worry because Saltaire Inspired have a lot more up their sleeve this year including another Makers Fair at the Saltaire Festival and a Sculpture Trail from the 12th to the 13th of September. The Saltaire Advent Calendar returns in December. Find out more www.saltaireinspired.org.uk
Thanks for another great event Saltaire Inspired; keep up the great work!