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 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2017. It was established in 2001 and takes place every other year.
This will be the ninth WVAT. We aim to build on the success of the previous eight 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 roughly 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 '17 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 '17 brochure will be published in April 2017, 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 '17 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.
This year we have decided to stagger the entry process following feedback from the last trail. We found that the majority of entries came in within the last few weeks before the deadline as many of our participants were still working on the pieces they wanted shown in the brochure. This meant that a lot of people were paying out their fee money just before Christmas. We have, therefore, decided to set a deadline date of the 11th November 2016 for the application forms and payment with a later deadline of the 20th January 2017 for submission of images.
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 £128 (less if there is more than one person sharing the same venue). The fee for an art group is £162 and the fee for a gallery is £240. Still modest when compared to other open arts events and we hope you still feel you are receiving value for money.
This year the fee will include professional photography of up to 3 pieces of your work to submit for entry in the brochure.
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 The images should be representative of what can be seen at your event.
This year we have decided to hold several photography sessions within the trail boundary. We would encourage you to book a slot to have up to three of your artworks photographed professionally and sent direct to the WVAT team. This is a great opportunity to make sure your brochure and website images are the best they can be to encourage visitors to your venue. We appreciate that not everyone has the facilities to take good images or the knowledge to make sure they are print resolution and labelled correctly. The cost of this is included in your entry fee so there is no extra charge. We will send details of how to book a slot near you after we have received your submission.
If you are sending your own professional images, please send up to 3 images of recent work. They should be a minimum 300dpi and at least A6 size. PLEASE do not send any images that you would not want to be used in the brochure.
Please title your image files with YOUR NAME (essential) first, followed by the image title, size and medium.
If you wish to send your images directly from your computer to our dropbox folder then please click on the below button. This will take you to a page where you will be asked to enter a password - please enter WVAT2017 to upload your images.
Please do not send images straight from your phone or a camera as the files will not be labelled and we won’t know who the images belong to. A link to the dropbox will remain on the website until the closing date for sending images if you want to send them later than the application form.
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 2017 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.