On Sat 6th and Sun 7th July 2019, Buxton will be holding its fifth Art Trail as part of the ever-expanding Buxton Festival Fringe, now in its 40th year. The Trail aims to boost and promote the visual arts during the festival season and offers a rare opportunity to meet local artists and craftspeople, discuss their work and, in some cases, watch demonstrations. Key ambitions for 2019 are to encourage more participation and community involvement as well as a greater diversity of BAT exhibitors.
The beautiful spa town of Buxton lies just outside the Peak District National Park. Situated in the north-west of Derbyshire, close to the Staffordshire and Cheshire borders, the town is also well situated for visitors coming from Manchester, Sheffield, Leek, Stoke, Bakewell and Derby. Visitors will want to book accommodation early, as the festival season is very popular with 2019 seeing both the 40th Fringe and the 40th anniversary of the Buxton International Festival. The restoration of the Georgian Crescent is also due for completion in 2019 confirming Buxton’s status as one of England’s most welcoming spa towns.
Buxton Art Trail was founded in 2010 by a small group of local artists who felt that the visual arts had a larger role to play during the popular Buxton Festival Fringe. All their hard work paid off after successful collaboration with artists, shop owners and local venues resulted in a buzzing art trail on 10th & 11th July, 2010. Over 70 artists took part with more than 30 venues ranging from cafes and shops to artists’ studios and living rooms. In 2012 the second Art Trail was again a great success, as were the 2015 and 2017 events. All three were awarded the Visual Arts Event prize by the Buxton Festival Fringe.
Our mission statement
BAT aims to promote Buxton as a centre of participation, innovation and excellence in the visual arts by organising the Buxton Art Trail, as the means to develop the practice and appreciation of the visual arts created by professional and non-professional artists.