The Wylye Valley Art Trail is a 9 day festival of visual art and crafts in and around the Wylye Valley, South Wiltshire, from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st May 2015. It was established in 2001 and takes place every other year. This will be the eighth WVAT. We aim to build on the success of the previous seven events. It consists of open studios and workplaces, galleries, exhibitions by individual artists, craftspeople and groups, and other events such as demonstrations, workshops and children's activities.
The Wylye Valley Art Trail covers a 12 mile radius from the centre of the Wylye Valley, including Warminster, Westbury, Maiden Bradley, Mere, Hindon, Tisbury, Wylye and villages in-between.
View a map of the area covered by WVAT '15 here
The Wylye Valley Art Trail is an artist led, non-profit organisation, run by a small team of volunteer members. No-one is paid or receives a salary for the work they do for WVAT. The trail is predominantly paid for by artist's fees, although we gratefully receive some of our funding from Wiltshire Council.
The Wylye Valley Art Trail has become a regular fixture on the arts calendar in the South West. We aim to actively promote and advertise locally, regionally and, where possible, nationally. We'll be seeking coverage through newspapers, on radio, TV and online. As well as this, much depends on participants promoting their own exhibitions. Our two principle means of publicity are the WVAT brochure and website:
The WVAT '15 brochure will be published in April 2015, with an estimated print run of 30,000 copies. This takes the form of a booklet, with listings and images for each event. It also has a map of the area, with numbered references to the listings. Brochures are distributed to Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Arts and Leisure Centres, Galleries, Shops, Pubs, Hotels and many other outlets in a wide area around and beyond the Wylye Valley. Participants will be able to collect quantities of brochures for their own publicity purposes.
We are setting up a volunteer network for distributing brochures and posters. Please contact us if you can help.
All the information and images which appear in the brochure will also be on the Wylye Valley Art Trail website: www.wvat.co.uk. Participants can also have links to their own websites and/or social media pages.
To be eligible to participate, you need to be resident in, work in, based in or have a strong interest or connection with South and West Wiltshire. View a map of the area covered by WVAT '15 here. You just need to find a venue and organise your own event. If you're having problems finding a venue, or you'd like to find someone to share a venue, we may be able to help or advise, just contact us. Please note that if we don't receive your payment by the entry closing date (12th December 2014) we will not be able to process your entry.
In order to achieve a high-quality and well promoted event, participation fees have to be raised a bit for each new Trail. The fee for an individual artist is £108 (less if there is more than one person sharing the same venue). The fee for an art group is £142 and the fee for a gallery is £220. Still modest when compared to other open arts events and we hope you still feel you are receiving value for money.
Participatory events are very popular and could attract lots of visitors to your event. It would be particularly good to offer some kind of 'hands on' workshops for children or some youth orientated activities, as the Trail coincides with local schools’ half-term. If you are able to run a workshop, give a demonstration talk or set up any kind of 'hands-on' activity please give details in the space provided on the form. There will be no extra charge for this listing. You'll need to state whether people need to book. Include booking details and how much, if anything, it will cost.
If you teach courses, workshops or regular classes at other times, you can have the 'teaching' symbol on your listing. Just tick the box on the form and state the subjects you teach. If you are an art group which holds workshops and you welcome people who are non-members please also tick the box.
We require high-quality images of your work for the brochure and for publicity purposes.
Please send up to 3 images of recent work which are representative of what can be seen at your event, PLEASE do not send any images that you would not want to be used in the brochure. They should be digital images, minimum 300dpi and at least A6 size. They can be sent to us on CD/memory stick or direct from your computer during the application process (on the form).
If you are sending your images in the post, we advise sending the CD in a reinforced envelope. We have put together some useful links here to help you produce strong images to best promote your work here.
If you know of any other artists or groups who might be interested in taking part, please let them have a link for this page. Or put them in touch with the co-ordinator (details below).
If you require any further information or help with your entry, you can call Laura Rich the co-ordinator of the Wylye Valley Art Trail 2015 on 07910 736563, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also put you in touch with an area co-ordinator who may be able to deal with enquiries of a more local nature.