Totterdown Front Room Arts Trail

20th – 22nd November 2015

GRAND OPENING PARTY at THE OXFORD 8pm Friday 20th with 1960’s Surf Rock Band – The Rumble O’s

Front Rooms will be open noon – 6pm Saturday and Sunday

Totterdown streets are very narrow and parking is difficult so try to leave your car at home and come by train to Temple Meads Station or by bus.

We’ve been building and booking, sewing, painting and planning to bring you this year’s Front Room Arts trail, and now its nearly here. As you walk around the arts trail and see the amazing diverse art on show from over 150 local artists we want you to ask yourselves if you could do this too, because this year we have decided to make the Arts Trail interactive. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to have a go, learn a new skill, and challenge your creativity.

Van Gogh said,

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

We are offering FREE taster classes in

Pottery, Painting, Messy Adult Art Play, Drawing, Needle Felting, Belly Dancing, Silk Painting, Yoga meditation and breathing, Quilting, Floriography, Lino Cutting and Printing and Drumming.

Tickets will be available on the day of the class from The Front Room Marquee in Totterdown Square 11am – 2.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Our theme this year is Hats so to encourage little feet to walk around the trail we have devised a HAT HUNT. While you peruse the amazing and beautiful your little ones will be searching for HATS amongst the artists’ houses and venues. Even our artists are taking part and they will all be wearing hats in their FRONT ROOMS; Hats that symbolize the art, the skills or the message they express through their art form. And you can vote for whichever Artist’s Hat you think is the best, the cleverest or the smartest.

Come and make a dragon hat with Emily Draws, essential for those who want to join the hat parade or decorate our streets by adding your very own hat shapes to our Colourful hat bunting (this event has been supported by ‘Spring of Hope’) Or sit in the Oxford pub and listen to music while your kids join the big hat draw with GoSketch.

 Our community event this year in Totterdown Square is the building and decorating of an enormous ‘Quangle Wangle Hat’ so come and add some “ribbons and bibbons on every side and bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace, …”

Fancy something a bit more musical then join the Drumrunners drumming workshop (1.30 – 3pm Saturday) with Paul Midgley and train to be part of his Pied Pipers Band’, and then lead our hat parade starting at Totterdown Top Gates to Arnos Vale Cemetery at 3.30pm, down through the woods of Arnos Vale culminating in a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ in the wonderful setting of the Anglican Chapel in Arnos Vale cemetery “a place like no place on earth”, meet the March Hare, the White Rabbit, Alice and some very Mad Hatters indeed. There will be dancing from The Shynee Ladies drumming from Paul Midgley and The Pied Pipers Band, Bouncing Bunnies provided by Karla of JumpFit. We will have stories, games, crafts and prizes and possibly complete madness. There will be FREE tea and cakes for 60 guests and hot drinks available from the Whisk Café.

For those who express their creativity in a different way we will be having boxes of hats in the Oxford Pub, Craftisan Shop and Café on the Wells Road, and Bocabar at The Paint Works. So you can choose the hat that you most desire and take on a whole new persona while you cavort to music. If you always wanted to wear an enormous flowery wedding hat, a trilby or a stetson but never had the occasion? Well here’s your chance and you don’t even have to wear painful shoes or own a horse. Well unless that’s their thing too! Tweet a selfie to win a prize.

While you are hunting, parading, trailing and cavorting look out for 6 tiny ‘Slinkachu’ style urban scenes placed around Totterdown. Stop and take a photo and see if they can make these tiny little people exist in the big world. Tweet your photos and witty captions to our Twitter account @frontroomarts to win a prize.

Prize giving will be at The Oxford at 7.30 on Sunday night, before our Grand Closing Party with ‘Will Tun & The Wasters’

Front Room Arts Trail Committee 2015