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The Beloved Totterdown Arts Trail Is Returning To Bristol Next Month

Chloe Byrne Chloe Byrne

The Beloved Totterdown Arts Trail Is Returning To Bristol Next Month

Celebrate the talents of local artists on this enchanting arts trail.

Pay a visit to the rainbow of houses in Totterdown on November 20th and 21st and you’ll get a front row seat to the artistry of the area’s residents. Bristol’s longest running art trail is back next month after missing last year because of, well, we all know what. Since its inception in 2001, the 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 to the creators about their process. 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. That’s not all. On your art-filled wander you’ll also encounter live music, walkabout performances and get a chance to make your own masterpiece in an array of indoor and outdoor workshops.

This year the trail is in the new, capable hands of Cai Burton, along with a passionate team of local residents. Burton is an artist and illustrator who grew up in Totterdown and attended the trail throughout his youth. No doubt the childhood nostalgia combined with his love for supporting fellow artists was a significant factor behind his decision to run the popular event.

Credit: Totterdown Arts Trail – Cai Burton

The theme for Totterdown’s 2021 art trail is ‘Into The Light’. After the darkness and struggle of the last year it can only be a reflection of hope; the light at the end of a tunnel. For many local artists it will be a crucial event in their calendar. The pandemic left a lot of people isolated, uninspired and cut off, this trail serves as a way to reconnect with the community through the universal medium of art.

With COVID still very much in mind, safety is key for the organisers and they have taken into account the varying degrees of comfort you may have when it comes to visiting houses. As a result the trail will also include larger community spaces to visit such as schools, churches and a cafe. They are also encouraging Totterdown residents to decorate their front doors and put up any art in windows so you can experience the joy of the trail in the fresh air. Just make sure to wrap up on before setting off on a crisp Autumn day.

Sign up is now closed but you can find out more about Totterdown Arts Trail here.

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