This weekend a dozen householders in historic Saltaire have allowed their homes to be taken over by artists and artwork. Many have moved their sofas, beds, microwaves and family heirlooms out and let painters. photographers and sculptors in so the thousands of visitors to the village arts trail can see work displayed on the walls, tables and shelves of ordinary homes.
Saltaire is a Unesco World Heritage Site, a Victorian model village designed by philanthropist Sir Titus Salt. The former woollen mill which provided work for all the villagers now houses a fabulous gallery with works by one of Bradford’s most famous artists. David Hockney, the coffee in the cafe’s not bad either. The village oozes art, so the idea of using homes to showcase art wasn’t a hard sell.
Work from more than 50 artists is scattered around the houses and the householders greet all visitors with a friendly welcome, a smile and, in one case, a glass of wine. They had all gone to a heck of a lot of trouble, one confessed to re-painting the entire house, adding with that wonderful Yorkshire stoicism that ‘it needed doing anyway’!
I’m leading a Photowalk around the arts trail, which also includes activities such as teepee building, making mosaics and a photography exhibition on ‘God’s Own Country’ – Yorkshire of course!
The event runs until the end of Bank Holiday Monday (30 May). Join me for the Photowalk on Sunday!