Larkhall Open Studios
It only takes one person to have an idea and in 2007 it was Angie Goodman who decided that she would like to see an art trail in Larkhall similar to the one held in Bear Flat. With no knowledge of how to go about it - whether there would be enough artists and hardly knowing anyone else in Larkhall -she managed to set up a committee of like-minded volunteers.
In May 2009, after a lot of hard work, the Larkhall Open Studios Art Trail emerged as part of the first Larkhall Festival. Because it was, and still is, a community Arts Festival, it was important to be inclusive and so as well as the Open Studios, there was also a group exhibition held in St. Saviour’s Church.
Since this small beginning, Larkhall Open Studios has flourished. There are now over fifty Larkhall artists and crafts-people who exhibit their work, as well as open studios in adjacent areas, including Woolley, Camden, and Fairfield Park. The event is a central feature of The Larkhall Festival.
There is always a wide variety of work on show, from painting and printing to ceramics and sculpture, woodturning, embroidery, jewellery and photography, by professional and amateur, young and old, artists and crafts-people.
Whilst Angie has moved on to pastures new, Larkhall Open Studios continues to grow. St. Mark’s School was added to the trail in 2012. Prior to The Festival, some artists visited the children at the school to encourage their involvement and also sponsored prizes for the best work. In 2012 we joined with several other Bath Art Trails under the banner of Bath Open Studios and are delighted for the opportunity of highlighting even more of the arts in both Larkhall and Bath and giving others the chance to see what goes on behind the finished work as well as the chance of acquiring it.
We are always very happy to hear from people interested in Larkhall Open Studios, including new artists & crafts-people who live and /or work in Larkhall and who would like to be involved. These trails don't happen without the hard work and dedication of volunteers!
(Thank you to Simon Hodges for supplying this text on behalf of Larkhall Open Studios)