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Organisers cancel 2014 Saltaire Arts Trail
6:00am Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
Saltaire Arts Trail, which celebrates and shares artists’ work from across the country, is taking a break next year.
The event attracts thousands of people to the Aire Valley village, but will not be hosted in 2014 as its organisers, Saltaire Inspired, take a break for an “intensive period of strategic development”.
The trail this May, held for the seventh year, included work by 90 artists in homes and businesses and a makers’ fair.
A Saltaire Inspired statement said: “Following on from a busy and successful programme of events in 2013, which will conclude in December with the living advent calendar, Saltaire Inspired will be undertaking an intensive period of strategic development in order to revitalise, co-ordinate and strengthen all of its events and to guarantee their future success.
“During the spring and summer of 2014 we will be working with partners and funders on the design and planning of our events programme.”
The updated programme will start in May 2015 and promises a bigger, more exciting Saltaire Arts Trail, followed by similarly strengthened autumn and winter events.
“Getting ready for our re-launch will take a great deal of hard work and planning and so there will be no Saltaire Arts Trail in 2014. However, the makers’ fair festival special and living advent calendar 2014 will go ahead as usual,” the statement said.
The organisation said it was an opportunity to “create something of truly outstanding interest and quality.”
Saltaire Traders’ Association spokesman David Ford, who runs Saltaire Bookshop which hosts an artist, said he was “aghast” when he found out the trail was cancelled for 2014.
“It’s a real pity for next year because it does create a real buzz in the village and create a lot of interest in everything in the village, including the shops.
“Clearly they’ve got great ideas for 2015 and need to recharge the batteries. It looks like they’re going for something even bigger the next year, but it will be a pity not to have it next year.”
Photographer Martin Priestley opened his Titus Street home for five years to showcase his work as part of the arts trail.He said it was a good opportunity for artists and was surprised it would not be held next year.
“There is a danger that whatever has been built-up over the last number of years and the momentum is lost,” he said.
Laura Ryder, who hosted an open house at this year’s festival, said: “I felt that it was a great success. I hope that the popularity of this event will not waver as a result of the announcement that there will be no arts trail in 2014 and look forward to hearing more details with regards to the bigger, more exciting event planned for 2015.”
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