Totterdown Art Trail

The Front Room Art Trail

Welcome to Front Room Art Trail Totterdown, Bristol. We are the oldest art trail in Bristol, where each year around 200 professional and amateur artists working in a wide variety of mediums display and sell their artwork to members of the public.
This year we hope to attracted 200 local artists across 90 different venues, with thousands of visitors coming from across the city and beyond. It’s a fantastic opportunity for local artists to display their work to the public, and it’s also a great opportunity for the public to visit, view, discuss and buy original works of arts and crafts directly from the artist. But you might have noticed that we are calling it the ARTS TRAIL, this year. This is because it is so much more than just the visual arts. It also involves musicians, dramatists, food artists, dancers and poets expressing a whole range of creative skills and imagination.

19th & 20th November, venues open from 12pm – 6pm

This 19th and 20th November, the dainty and precipitous streets of Totterdown will fleetingly become home to the delightfully raucous Totterdown Arts Trail (You can easily see what’s on offer using out digital map). Now in its 16th year, Bristol’s longest-running Arts Trail plans to celebrate the boundless talent of the many creative folk who inhabit this lovely quarter of Bristol by holding a circus-themed festival. Many artists have already registered, and those participating will open up their homes and studios to curious visitors who will gain a glimpse into the world of art – from drawing, photography and pottery to glass-making, textile art and sculpture – a plethora of skills, arts and crafts will be on offer.

As visitors roam the streets, so too will a Rag and Bone Circus. A mismatched group of performers and clowns specialising in the darker circus skills, they will create a unique and fiery mood. The street performances will be peppered with circus stage acts outside The Oxford (at the corner of Oxford Street and Cheapside Street) will be home to some mesmerising performances.

Foodies have not been forgotten and we will have some of Bristol’s finest filling those hungry stomachs. Oyster fisherman Pete will be skilfully shucking Dorset oysters from the scenic heights of Higham Green – Totterdown’s highest peak. The oyster bar will be joined by a show-stopping ice bar – carved from a block of ice especially for the event – serving up a fine choice of drinks. Joining this excellent selection will be local favourite, Sausagenius, who will deliver a warming hit with a tempting array of hotdogs.

Younger Art Trail participants will be well looked after by artist Laura of www.colourfulminds.co.uk
who will be running art classes galore from her base at Hillcrest Primary School – expect to see delighted children showing off shadow puppets and performing their own circus tales.

Live bands will be playing all weekend at The Oxford; the Sharp Teeth Productions theatre company will be performing in the Anglican Hall at Arnos Vale; with hot food from The Pickled Brisket and the good folk at Bristol Blue Glass will be demonstrating their exemplary glass-blowing skills.

With so many houses and almost every business, venue and church opening their doors, we have made sure that participants can easily navigate with our handy map and smartphone app, which will be made available closer to the event.

As the sun sets early, expect the party atmosphere to continue as fire-eaters light the streets and the irresistible fragrance of sizzling sausages fills the chilly night air. Ultimately, this is a celebration of artists and our unique and beautiful community. We do hope that you’ll join us for the Greatest Arts Show on Earth!


Rag and Bone Circus

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Van Gogh