Totterdown is already one of Bristol’s most colourful residential areas, to say the least. This weekend (November 19 & 20), expect an extra splash of colour from the local community to fill its streets, however. Bristol’s longest-running art trail is back. Since its inception in 2001, the Totterdown Arts Trail has attracted flocks of art lovers to the colourful streets and provided artists with an opportunity to show and sell their work.
The free annual event invites you inside the pastel-painted walls of Totterdown houses where you can take in the artwork and chat with the creators about their process. With over 100 artists involved, it is a unique chance to not only peek behind the curtain of the idyllic properties but also discover the story behind each piece of art over a cup of tea or even a glass of mulled wine.
From 11 am to 6 pm, both days, these local artists will open doors and show off their artistic talents. You can easily spot those taking part by the orange duck flags flying above community venues and residential houses. So you don’t have to worry about knocking unwanted on the wrong door. To make things even easier, maps for Totterdown Arts Trail will be made available at local venues around Totterdown, or you can simply look online here.
What can I expect from Totterdown Arts Trail?
What can’t you expect? There will be ceramics, paintings, print-making, jewellery, pottery, photography and so much more. We could try and explain everything you might come across. But part of the wonder is the discovery if you ask us.
What we can say is: Not only will it be a fantastic opportunity to discover and support local artists on your doorstep. But a great time to pick up a present or two, especially if you want to avoid picking up any tat from the Christmas market. Gift someone you love something extra special this festive season.
That’s not all though. On your art-filled wander, you’ll also encounter live music, walkabout performances and the chance to make your own masterpiece in an array of indoor and outdoor workshops. Just make sure to wrap up before setting off on a crisp Autumn day.
You can find out more about Totterdown Arts Trail here.