The Wylye Valley Art Trail is an inspiring and eclectic festival of visual art and craft set in 73 venues across southwest Wiltshire: open studios and workplaces, galleries, art group exhibitions, student groups, virtual exhibitions and other fascinating events including ‘hands on’ activities, demonstrations, workshops and talks. This year there are over 250 exhibitors, ranging from award-winning artists with international reputations, to those just starting out on their creative journeys. This is a unique opportunity to view a wide range of artistic skills, from painting to print- making, furniture making to photography and sculpture to ceramics as well as contemporary art forms such as digital art, installation, video and art using recycled materials.
In early 2022, Her Majesty The Queen approved the QAVS National Assessment Committee’s recommendation that the volunteers of The Wylye Valley Art Trail should receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). This was one of the final awards made by Elizabeth II before her death in September 2022.
Nick Andrew, the founder and coordinator of the Wylye Valley Art Trail said: “I hope you enjoy following the 12th Wylye Valley Art Trail. I can’t believe that it is 22 years since the first event in 2001, when 34 studios, workshops and makeshift galleries threw open their doors, stretching a vibrant trail across this beautiful corner of Wiltshire. Since then it has taken place every two years, organised by a small team of volunteers, growing in size and bringing a wonderfully colourful and varied patchwork of visual creativity across the landscape to the attention of enthusiastic and art hungry visitors.
Achieving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service is a fabulous honour and reflects profoundly on everyone involved in WVAT over the years, from the organising teams through to the participants”
Colourful and eye catching Wylye Valley Art Trail brochures will be available from early April at Tourist Information Centres, Arts Centres, Libraries and many other places.