From mining to art - former pit among venues for annual art trail

April 29 2018

WILLOW and chainsaw sculptures will be featured at a new venue in this year’s Severn Vale Art Trail.

Andy O’Neill, well known in South Gloucestershire for turning fallen trees into artworks, seating and play features, is among six exhibitors to have displays at the Oldwood Pits site in Tanhouse Lane, Rangeworthy.

He will be joined by Jenny Humphris, Tanya Bartlett, Audrey Forbes and John Kemp, who all work with willow, as well as painter Tara Stein.

More than 50 other artists have also enlisted for the increasingly popular trail, which runs from May 4-13.

It is part of Thornbury Arts Festival - running after this year’s main festival closes - and allows people to see a variety of art forms at a series of studio and exhibition venues in Thornbury and a number of other towns and villages.

More than half of the locations are in Thornbury but visitors can also enjoy displays in places from Olveston and Alveston to Charfield, North Nibley and Berkeley.

There will be ten group exhibition venues open while the trail is running, together with many individual artists’ studios.

The variety of artistic skills on show will also include jewellery making and pottery to pen and ink geometric drawings, painting and photography.

Art trail brochures are available from Thornbury Town Hall and numerous outlets in South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire.

Those interested in joining the trail can also visit www.thornburyartsfestival.com/arttrail to see a virtual gallery.