Chance to preview Ilkley Art Trail




Chance to preview Ilkley Art Trail

If you can’t wait for the start of the Ilkley Art Trail in October, why not pop into one of the town’s pop up galleries for a special preview?

Two businesses in Ilkley have opened their doors to art-lovers ahead of the Ilkley Art Trail 2013, with more set to follow.

This year’s Art Trail is set to be bigger and brighter than ever with 44 artists showing their work in Ilkley and surrounding areas. While various artists will be opening up their studios and homes to the public during the five day trail, others will be exhibiting in offices, therapy rooms, community halls, pubs, shopping centres and other more unusual spaces.

In the run up to the third Ilkley Art Trail, Ison Harrison Solicitors on The Grove, Ilkley, are opening their doors for a series of great public shows of regional artists’ work, with originals and prints available to buy now.

Patrons of Ilkley Art Trail, Ison Harrison Solicitors, are showing a new collection by Ilkley’s soft-pastel artist, Lucia Smith. Entitled ‘An Ordinary Day in Yorkshire’, the collection reveals images of pattern, colour and a sense of connection with the land that is anything but ‘ordinary’.

Helen Shires from Ison Harrison Solicitors said: “From our perspective it’s great to have these works of art from a local artist on our walls, especially as it is of the local scenery and the moors. We’re very pleased to be able to support Ilkley Art Trail and to support the local community.”

Meanwhile, the Wells Practice Osteopaths on Wells Promenade are showing various artists’ work, including more of Lucia Smith’s pastels and other paintings by Sara Clarkson.

Principle Osteopath, Andy Mansfield said: “I think it’s mutually beneficial, it benefits us because we get some lovely art for our treatment rooms and reception, and it helps the local artists to have somewhere to display their work. We feel very lucky to be part of Ilkley Art Trail.”

Both businesses will offer a rolling exhibition of different artists’ work in the run up to the five day Art Trail from October 9-13.

The public are free to view these exhibitions at Ison Harrison, 46a The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9EE, Tel: 01943 889 100 from 9am to 5pm. The Wells Practice, 16 Wells Promenade, Ilkley LS29 9LF, Tel:
01943 817191 is open 9am to 5pm but please phone ahead to see pieces in treatment rooms.

Information for Newsdesks

  • Ilkley Art Trail has been running since 2011 and attracted 4,000 visitors last year.
  • Artists’ sales last year topped £20,000.
  • 97% of visitor questionnaires reported that Ilkley Art Trail was a better experience than other more established Art Trails.

For more information please contact:

Lorna Bird, Producer

Ilkley Art Trail,

Tel: 07789681682