Record Visitor Number for Henley Arts Trail

Visitors to the Henley Arts Trail were treated to an amazing array of creative art over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

34 venues with over 200 creatives showcased their work in Henley and the surrounding area.  In Henley there were 11 venues including 3 new venues this year.  From paintings, prints and photography to sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, textiles and everything in between, the Henley Arts Trail offers the chance to meet the artists, earn what inspired their work and how they produced it with some offering demonstrations.

Si Sapsford at Venue 9 was exhibiting her portrait paintings and ceramics for the first time.  Si reached the semi finals of Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 and has exhibited her paintings widely, both in the UK and abroad including The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy, Battersea Park & Compton Verney Gallery.  Si said, “My friend George said I should be more professional and be part of the Arts Trail this year.  It has been a great experience and it made me clear up my studio and I’ve met some really nice people including other artists who I’ve met through the meetings.  I realised that some of them I was already playing tennis with.  I thought I might go out tomorrow morning to see a few other artist venues.  I was expecting lots of sales with my kind of work, it is more commission work.”

Friends painter Ruth Hampton and jewellery maker Ros Hatt were exhibiting their work at Ruth’s house on Greys Road.  They had both previously exhibited at d:two in 2021.   Ruth said, “I used to exhibit at Artists at Home when I lived in Chiswick.  We’re pleased with the number of visitors considering we’re up a hill out of town and even today (Sunday) in the rain we’ve still had a steady flow.”

Wendy Penrose from Henley Arts Trail said, “We had record visitor numbers and sales despite the weather being so changeable with a very wet bank holiday Monday. Visitors really enjoyed visiting our new big venues at Oaken Grove Vineyard ,  the Leander Club, Shiplake College and Blackmore Farm  where there was a huge variety of art and craft on show.

“Visitors particularly enjoyed the demonstrations from glass blower Phoebe Stubbs and smoke firing demonstrations from ceramicist Jon Crute  as Blackmore Farm and Sculptor Alison Bell at the Garden Gallery in Shiplake.”

“It’s a wrap for 2024 and all the exhibitors are tired but very happy after a successful even. Now to start planning how we can make 2025 even better.!”



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