Henley Arts Trail Ready to Draw in the Crowds This Bank Holiday Weekend

With nearly 300 artists and makers at 33 venues, the Henley Arts Trail is the largest to date and takes place this Bank Holiday weekend (4-6 May).

Now in its 14th year, the trail showcases the wealth of artistic talent in the area.  From skilled amateurs to award winning professionals, the trail covers the full range of arts and crafts.  All venues are free, with no obligation to buy and artists will welcome guests to talk about their work.

Below is a summary of the Henley and Shiplake Venues:

Old Fire Station Gallery – Exhibition of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, crafts and prints by members of the Henley Arts & Craft Guild.

The Henley School of Art (Hart Street) – the incredible Hannah Wilson, from Hannah Wilson Ceramics will be back, she’ll be doing demo’s as well as selling her beautiful work. llustrator Lilly Rossiter from TooLilyish Illustration will be at this for the first time this year and some glorious pieces from Jeweller Diana Estornel. There will plenty of bright, modern prints, cards & illustrations from Boo Dillon and the fantastic Harriet Riddell is back with her glorious Sewing Machine portraits.

Singers Lane Artist Studios – charming artists’ studios (converted stables around a pretty courtyard – off Vicarage Road)  New, original work by artists Kirsten Jones, Camilla Dowse, Genevieve French.  Fresh, contemporary pieces, limited edition prints, framing and gifts.  Camilla will be exhibiting her new limited edition Henley prints of Temple Island, Thameside, New Street, Hart Street and Queen Street. This venue will be open for an extra day (Friday 3rd May 10am till late 7pm).

River & Rowing Museum – An eclectic variety of original work by 8 local artists.  Ceramics by Bronwen Coussens and Martin Eastabrook, jewellery by Martina Fabian, photography by Virginia Davies, paintings by Laraine Rook and Patricia Lynch, sculptures by Sonny Moore and Hannah Stembridge-King.

Studio 4 (Fairview Estate, Newtown Road) – New works by contemporary artists Emma Bruce, Louise Shaw and our cartoonist Steve Allender.

Lady Sew & Sew (Farm Road) – Europe’s largest craft fabric and knitting yarn warehouse will be hosting an exciting display of quilts and textile art by local artists and their own customers.

Margaret Wainwright (38 Gravel Hill) – Ceramics & Wood: Works.  Contemporary ceramics and wood sculptures inspired by ancient rocky outcrops in Charnwood Forest.  Sculptural bowls and pottery for home and garden.

Artists at Shiplake (Shiplake Church Room) – High quality locally made work in a variety of styles and media.  Artists this year include Kate Findlay, Maria Meerstadt, Caroline Gatfield, Carol Cox, Jan Richardson.

Shiplake Arts & Crafts (Shiplake Memorial Hall) – Carved wood, stone sculpture, ceramic figures, woven scarves, mixed media, paintings, jewellery, glass, quilting, millinery, enamels and metal design will all be for sale at this venue.