About Us

Our new Core Team

We now have a core team of five people to help organise and make IAT happen this October. We work alongside a team of dedicated volunteers including a media team, event organisers and researchers.

                                           Lorna Bird           Lucia Smith
                     Sarah Thomas             Louise Smith          Ken Jaquiery

Lorna Bird and Lucia Smith are over the moon to have the help and skills of Sarah Thomas, Louise Smith and Ken Jaquiery, all forming a new IAT core team. Lorna is the producer of the Trail and has lived in Ilkley for the last 30 years and has recently completed her MA in Creative Enterprise at Leeds Metropolitan University.

In addition, art history enthusiast Helen Etchell  has compiled the research pages.

Our Media Team

We are delighted to have the experienced PR help of Nicky Solloway and Anna Nolan this year. Nicky is a journalist and is tasked with writing articles and news pieces to generate publicity for the Trail. Anna is a local photographer and is involved in publicity and artists profile photography.

The Art Trail’s Mission

Ilkley is a beautiful small Victorian town surrounded by the famous Ilkley Moor and ancient woodland, close to the lovely Yorkshire Dales and already has much to offer the tourist. The Ilkley Gallery’s mission is to  support regional artists and to heighten the profile of visual arts in Ilkley all year ’round. The Ilkley Gallery uses non-gallery space (e.g. a wine bar, hotel, osteopath, solicitors reception area…and so on), around Ilkley to exhibit local and regional artists. Exhibitions are ‘pop-up’ by nature and have the relatively long exposure of three months. We curate solo and group exhibitions – bringing art to people socialising and going about their daily business, reaching people who might not normally enter a traditional gallery space, for whatever reasons. 2011 saw Ilkley’s first Art Trail including Open Studios and exhibitions in unusual spaces.

New Panel of Assessors for 2013

All submissions to this year’s Trail have been assessed by our new panel below:

  • Professor Ann Sumner, (formerly Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, now Yorkshire’s gain and living locally)
  • Gemma Yates (from the Curatorial team of Hepworth Wakefield)
  • Christopher Smith (former exhibitor with Ilkley Art Trail and contemporary artist of regional significance) have deliberated over submissions and the organising of the Trail is underway!

Feedback from Last Year’s Trail

Ilkley Art Trail is celebrating the news that in 2012, footfall recorded for the Trail was increased from the inaugural year to 4,000 and art sales made by participating artists generated £20,000 over the duration of the Trail! This is amidst really useful and positive feedback from our responding audience, and improvements have been implemented as a result. 97% of responders said that Ilkley Art Trail was either better or at least as good an experience as other established Art Trails they had visited.

Our Logo

Our Logo is after Ilkley’s Cup and Ring Stone ancient carvings on Ilkley Moor and was inspired in turn, by a brooch commissioned by Brian Berrett of silver artist, Adele Taylor.