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Ilkley art lovers get on the trail of masterpieces
Spaces around Ilkley are being brought to life this week with paintings, sculpture and other creations.
More than 40 talented artists are showing work from their own homes, studios and garages, as well as in pubs, a hotel, church, museum and business premises around the town and neighbouring villages.
The second annual Ilkley Art Trail officially opened on Saturday and will run until this Sunday.
A special launch event made good use of the inspiring surroundings of the Victorian Arcade in South Hawksworth Street last Wednesday. The centrepiece in the impressive building is a collaborative sculpture by Kate Stewart and Bradford University’s engineering department, entitled Man And Machine.
Visitors can also see a paper cut map of Ilkley, picking out local features of artistic interest, on display in the Manor House Museum and Art Gallery at Castle Yard. The map was created by Huby artist Anita Bowerman.
A wide range of artwork is on display and sale, including ceramics, glass, textiles, felt, wood and stone, plus jewellery and photography.
Organiser, Lorna Bird, said: “I think it’s going superbly.
“The weather is so much better than last year, the feedback has been good and the comments have been really uplifting.”
Copies of the programme and trail map, which shows the venues, are available from Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, Ilkley Town Hall and various shops, cafes and hotels around the town.
Visit ilkleyarttrail.org.uk for further information.
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