Get creative at first Kirkstall Art Trail

Have your say

MORE than 40 artists will be displaying their work at 22 venues during the first Kirkstall Art Trail event this Saturday.

Kirkstall Abbey and its museum and visitor centre are among sites taking part in the free trail from 10am to 5pm, which has been organised by volunteer Amy Thompson.

Miss Thompson, 27, secretary of Stephen’s Community Garden, Kirkstall, said: “The art is varied to suit most tastes, from painting, sketching, printing, photography, sculpture and textiles, to craft and more.

“There will be mono-printing and weaving workshops for all ages to learn new creative skills and take away their own original art on the day. Costs to take part in these workshops will be just £1.

“As it is during the school summer holidays, there will be plenty for children and families to do for free too.

She added: “I have always been very interested in the ability of creative work and art to engage the community.

“I really think it’s something that can benefit the community. We want this to become an annual event and we want to build a creative community in Kirkstall and use this as a launchpad for further events.”

Other venues taking part in the trail will be WorkPlace Leeds, which is the Mind charity’s office in the old cinema off Abbey Road; Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Hollybush Conservation Centre, St Stephens Church and church hall and Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club on Queenswood Drive. A number of residents will be hosting events in their homes and gardens.

The Kirkstall Art Trail will be the second inaugural arts festival to have been held in west Leeds in recent weeks. Earlier this month, hundreds of people attended Horsforth’s first weekend Walk of Art festival. For more information on Kirkstall Art Trail and to download a map, go to