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Ilkley Art Trail ‘a real success’, attracting 5,000 visitors
Children taking part in a workshop to create windmills out of recycled books which was organised by SpongeTree, on The Grove, as part of Ilkley Art Trail. All pictures by Anna Nolan
Art-lovers flocked to Ilkley for the town’s annual Art Trail last week.
This year’s event was bigger and better than ever with more visitors than previous years knocking on artists’ doors and studios to see the original art on show.
There were more venues as well, with 44 artists showing their work in 28 locations throughout Ilkley and Ben Rhydding.
As well as a chance to see the work of sculptors, painters, print-makers, jewellers, ceramicists, wood-turners and others, this year’s event featured a couple of workshops, which proved to be very popular.
Ilkley Art Trail organiser Lorna Bird said: “The workshops were a real success.
“The felting one in particular was very popular and we’ll be putting on more workshops next year.”
The organisers are still adding up the figures but it is believed the number of visitors was close to 5,000, which is 1,000 more than last year.
“It’s looking like footfall in five days was greater than last year when the trail lasted for nine days,” added Ms Bird.
Visitors came from as far as Bolton, Gateshead and Nottingham. A couple of art clubs even organised minibuses to get to Ilkley from Lancashire and the Wirral.
Commissions are still coming in but it looks as if the sales figures were similar to last year, even though there were fewer artists at this year’s event and three of those were exhibiting only.
“We’ve had some lovely feedback. There seemed to be a lot more interest and a buzz about this year’s trail,” added Ms Bird.
The organisers say they are interested to hear from anyone in Ilkley or Ben Rhydding who would be willing to offer their home as a venue for next year’s trail. For more information, visit ilkley arttrail.org.uk.