Front Room Art Trail 2011

22nd November 2011

With another art trail done and dusted, I thought I'd reflect on the weekend that's just passed.

The Front Room Art Trail is a vibrant, social event which springs to life annually around the Totterdown area of Bristol and showcases an eclectic array of creativity from a diverse range of artists in houses and public buildings across the area. Every year it has drawn in many visitors from across the city and further afield with this year proving no exception.

Our contribution, like last year, comprised of an exhibition of photography and the opportunity to sample some warming soup and mulled cider (courtesy of Tim Owen of Dinewithi). Featured photography included winter landscapes, a selection of photographs from the Somerdale Factory project and some very recent images of the 'Occupy Bristol' anti-capitalist demonstration camp which greeted visitors in the hallway as they entered our show. Additional ambience was provided on Sunday by Messers Owen and Hutchins with some acoustic guitar (prominently featuring tunes by Radiohead and REM), further enhancing the already mellow atmosphere.

Well attended, the Saturday certainly proved busier than last year although numbers seemed to be slightly down on Sunday. Having said that, attendance figures on the Friday opening evening had increased by massive 100% for us over last year with a turnout of two visitors rather than just one! It seems that many still hadn’t realised that the trail actually opens on Friday night as well.

Overall, both photography and mulled cider were very warmly received. Thanks to Theresa and Tim for allowing me to take over the walls of the downstairs of their house and to everyone who came along to our show.

Elsewhere on the trail: illuminated tulip sculptures outside Bocabar, Paintworks.

Look out for our stalls at the Christmas Market at The Thunderbolt (also in Totterdown) on Sunday 4th December.


Photo comment By Ruth Carter: Tim (Dinewithi) mentioned your website. I love taking photos (time permitting) and your website has been a true inspiration. Your photos are fantastic.

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