Kirkstall Art Trail set to return this summer

Preparations: Harriett Richardson, Kirkstall Art Trail.

By Harriett Richardson

Kirkstall Art Trail is a celebration of art in the community, taking place on Saturday 15 to Sunday, 16 July 2023. 

KAT2023 will feature a weekend-long series of free exhibitions, installations, performances, and interactive activities for everyone. 

The trail organisers encourage artists, makers, creative organisations, workshop facilitators, venues and volunteers based in West Leeds and the surrounding areas to take part. 

“We’re delighted to be bringing Kirkstall Art Trail back after an extended break. Many people have been looking forward to its return, and for lots of folks this might be their first time exhibiting or attending,” said trail organiser and painter Harriett Richardson.

Sculptor Mandy Long added: “We need your submissions and suggestions to make KAT2023 the best it can be! The application deadline for artists is Monday 10 April 2023 and submissions can be made via CuratorSpace.”

Kirkstall Art Trail began in 2015, as a community-led and artist-focused event. At its core, is a passion for nurturing accessible and inclusive opportunities for creative people in our area. 

Kirkstall resident and poet Jim Corah said: “For artists and makers, this is a unique opportunity to showcase and maybe even sell their work to people who attend the two-day event. From professionals to people just starting out, we’re encouraging everyone to take part.

“Creative organisations and workshop facilitators also have the chance to run community-engagement activities in a friendly and lively setting.”

Without venues and volunteers, Kirkstall Art Trail wouldn’t be possible. Residents, community hubs, and local businesses are encouraged to open their doors and become trail hosts or sponsors – and to email the organisers to offer their support.

“In West Leeds we value our outdoor spaces too, so KAT2023 will be using these – rain or shine come July!” added Harriett Richardson.

Find out more information by visiting the Kirkstall Art Trail website.

Connect with Kirkstall Art Trail on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook – and by using #KAT2023. 

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