Join Explore Art Trowbridge (EAT) on Saturday 14th September for this special Heritage Open Day event with free activities and events across Trowbridge.

This collaborative event between Town Hall Arts, Drawing Projects UK, Court Street Gallery and Trowbridge Museum aims to showcase the amazing and growing cultural + artistic offer in Trowbridge

Venue 1:
Drawing Projects UK
Bridge House, 10 Stallard Street, Trowbridge, BA14 9AE
www.drawingprojects.uk

2pm: About Drawing Projects UK: A talk and tour with Anita Taylor, Director of Drawing Projects UK (no booking required)

3pm: Drawing & Making: Makers Talk with Alice Kettle

Open 10am-4pm: Shaped Space – George Meyrick
The site-specific drawings by British sculptor George Meyrick incorporate the architectural spaces of Drawing Projects UK and its heritage setting, the former Wiltshire Working Men’s Conservative Benefit Society’s purpose-built Holloway House that opened in 1929, and latterly became known as Bridge House in 1987. Meyrick’s solo exhibition uses the positive and negative corners of the walls as the location for structures and drawings that play with colour, illusion and form in response to the architectural features of the building. Exhibition dates: 31 August to 5 October 2019

Miranda’s Coffee Shop will be open from 8am to 4pm.

Drawing Projects UK is a non-profit centre for research, development, production and promotion of exhibitions, events and workshops in drawing and contemporary art. Formed in 2009 by Professor Anita Taylor to develop and promote research initiatives in drawing, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the centre opened at Bridge House in Trowbridge in 2015. You are welcome to contact Anita Taylor if you have any questions about Drawing Projects UK or the 14th September event. Phone: 01225 767993 or email: drawing-projectsuk@btconnect.com

 

Venue 2:
Trowbridge Museum
At the Project Space, Drawing Project UK, 10 Stallard Street, Trowbridge, BA14 9AE
www.trowbridgemuseum.co.uk

10am – 1pm: Meet the maker
For this year’s West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT) Trowbridge Museum has invited local weavers to view our cloth collection to inspire new work, reflecting how past designs can influence today. Between 10am – 1pm you can meet the exhibitors who will demonstrate traditional techniques working with textiles. You can also have a go yourself!

2 – 2.45pm: Paper Textile – transforming paper into yarn
Join Mayumi Kaneko for this talk and demonstration to learn how Japanese paper is made and how to transform paper into yarn. Drawing on her Japanese heritage, Mayumi uses paper yarn in her woven textiles, creating unique wall hangings and lamp shades. You can see examples of Mayumi’s work in the WEFT exhibition.
The demonstration is free of charge but booking is essential. For more information and to book visit Ticket Source.

Open 10am – 4pm: West of England Festival of Textiles (WEFT)
Visit the WEFT exhibition to learn about the Trowbridge weaving mill designers who created intricate designs for brads like Mary Quant, Marks & Spencer, Burberry. As Trowbridge Museum is closed for refurbishment, the exhibition takes place in the Project Space at Drawing Projects UK.
For more information and to book workshops visit our WEFT webpage.

Trowbridge Museum tells the story of life in Trowbridge and its weaving mills which produced the West of England woollen cloth up until 1982. The museum is now closed for redevelopment but our team continue to work within the community, running workshops, children’s holiday activities and temporary exhibitions around town. The expanded museum is due to reopen in 2020.
You are welcome to contact Trowbridge Museum if you have any questions about the 14th September event. Phone: 01225 751339 or email: hanne.dahl@trowbridge.gov.uk

 

Venue 3:
Court Street Gallery
14 Meadows Works, Court St, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8BR
www.thecourtstreetgallery.co.uk

10am – 1pm: Events at Court Street
Originally built to house large steam powered engines for the woolen industry. The Court Street Gallery is one of the first Brick Mill buildings to be built in Trowbridge. Within the gallery you will see a display of some of the buildings history alongside images of it as a working mill.
During the trail Alex will be running fused glass workshops (please book in advance).

We are also hosting be a stunning exhibition by artist Cath Siswick, please pop along and have a browse and enjoy a wonderful heritage space being enjoyed still.

The Court Street Gallery opened on May 4th 2018year and is a friendly, vibrant & creative space for everyone to enjoy. Offering a huge range of workshops from painting, sewing, jewellery, print, gilding, and fused glass, you can pick up a brochure with a full program.
You are welcome to contact Jennifer Hamblin if you have any questions about Court Street Gallery or the 14th September event. Phone: 01225 762554 / 07725805601 or email: info@thecourtsteetgallery.co.uk

 

Venue 4
Trowbridge Weavers Market
Fore Street, Market Street & in the Town Hall
www.trowbridgeweaversmarket.co.uk

10am -3pm: Trowbridge Weavers Market is a new and exciting, independent monthly market – showcasing the work of local creatives, independent traders and some great street food vendors. With FREE live music and a fun, community atmosphere – the name is a nod to the town’s heritage, bringing people together and the team’s desire to partner with other local events and groups. Saturday 14th September will be the third market of a very successful launch season and the team are thrilled to be part of a wider day of activities across the town.

For more information visit www.trowbridgeweaversmarket.co.uk or follow www.facebook.com/TrowbridgeWeaversMarket

 

Venue 5
The Cloth Road Arts Fair at Emmanuel’s Yard Emmanuel’s Yard
Church Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8RZ
www.clothroadartists.com

11am-3pm: Saturday the 14th of September sees the launch of the first ever Cloth Road Arts Fair. An artistic extravaganza! Where artists and artisans will gather together to promote their practices and sell their artwork through stalls, pop up exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops. This is an opportunity to meet artists, see their work, join in with the activities on offer and discover the wide range of visual arts produced in the area. Set in the beautiful surrounds of Emmanuel’s Yard, with live music and refreshments on offer, entrance is free so why not stop by and soak up the atmosphere?

The Cloth Road is a non-profit organisation, formed in 2004, run by artists for artist, with the purpose of promoting visual arts, artists and artisans in Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Melksham and the surrounding villages of West Wiltshire. For more information email: clothroadartsfair@gmail.

 

Venue 6
Town Hall Arts
Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ
www.trowbridgearts.com

Behind the scenes guided Tours from 10:30 until 12:30.
At approx. 20 minute intervals. Take approximately 30 minutes.

On September 14th, as part of the Weavers Market, the Town Hall will also be hosting Arts and crafts, food and vintage stalls, and entertainment by local people.

Trowbridge Town Hall is a hub for the development of artistic activity throughout the community area and a catalyst for change in the County Town of Wiltshire, playing a vital role in redefining Trowbridge as a cultural destination. Town Hall Arts’ mission is to provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to be inspired by arts, culture and heritage learning from a building at the heart of its community.