Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE - Karen Brit­ton karen.brit­ton@men­ @KarenBrit­ton1

ARTY types from around the town are get­ting ready for the sec­ond Wilm­slow Art Trail. Last year’s in­au­gu­ral event was hailed a suc­cess for at­tract­ing peo­ple into the town cen­tre to visit var­i­ous artists, in­creas­ing foot­fall to shops and busi­nesses.

Or­gan­ised by the Wilm­slow Busi­ness Group, this year’s event – which will run from June 5-7 – has grown to in­clude 40 lo­cal artists, sil­ver­smiths, fur­ni­ture mak­ers, jew­ellers, ce­ram­i­cists, book­binders and em­broi­der­ers ex­hibit­ing their work all over the town. Twenty-two pubs, su­per­mar­kets, churches and re­tail­ers have of­fered their premises as tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces for the work to be dis­played.

Each of the venues is lo­cated in Wilm­slow’s town cen­tre al­low­ing vis­i­tors to walk, or even cy­cle, their way round the trail, fol­low­ing the spe­cially pro­duced Art Trail Map.

New for 2015 are Art Trail Work­shops to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to have a chance to dis­cover their in­ner artist. There will be wil­low weav­ing, book fold­ing and a large col­lab­o­ra­tive piece of art cre­ated in the cen­tre of Wilm­slow.

Fur­ni­ture maker Garry Olson, who orig­i­nally had the idea for the Wilm­slow Art Trail, said: “Af­ter the suc­cess of last year’s first Art Trail, I’m de­lighted it’s back again – and even big­ger. I hope that can come to see and en­joy the wealth of cre­ative tal­ent on dis­play.”

Catherine Mackenzie, chair­man of the Wilm­slow Busi­ness Group, said last year’s trail was a great event.

“So many peo­ple came into the town to en­joy the fan­tas­tic art­works on dis­play,” she said.

“We’re thrilled so many new artists are tak­ing part this year as well as many of those who took part in 2014.”

Go to get­intow­ilm­ or pick up an Art Trail pro­gramme avail­able at par­tic­i­pat­ing venues as well as at the Wilm­slow Ar­ti­san Mar­ket on Satur­day, May 16.

Artist Lind­say Hill dur­ing last year’s Wilm­slow Art Trail

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