Art Trail Adventures

A couple of weeks have passed since the LAT and I have been looking over the photos I took as I trotted around the venues, trying to see as much as I could on a Sunday afternoon (and probably bidding on too many pieces in the secret auction). I was so impressed by the variation this year, in mediums and in content. I grew up in Leigh so could not count how many times I have explored the trail but this one stuck for me, particularly as I was so involved this year from working at Create98.

In our studios at Create98 we had two artists: Bronwyn Oldham (photographer) and Lauren Stranks (embroiderer). It was fantastic seeing their works come together after all the prep and thought that went in! We had a buzzing private view, and a busy week including a day to meet the artists and a late night opening. The top it off we held a free kids workshop called Snap and Stitch which was led by our two artists. The workshop was a combination of both artists’ ideas and talents and resulted in beautiful works!

Snap and Stitch workshop results!

Some of the highlights for me included seeing the works of some of our tutors and neighbouring artists. Lola Swain’s pottery (Venue 9) showed how she was inspired by her world travels and Susan Allen’s paintings in the Two Tree Gallery (Venue 21) illustrated her ability to play with scale and mark making.

Lola Swain
Susan Allen

As a budding curator, I found myself drawn to how the works were displayed. The LAT artists face the challenge of tackling the public space they are exhibiting in in terms of safety of their works, best exposure of the works and not to mention trying not to disrupt the flow of the business itself!

I liked Number 70’s (venue 37) use of the window space to display the jewellery as it created varied levels in the space. Also Jonathan Trim’s (Venue 40) scenic painting contrasted well with the bathroom space and the works displayed in the window were very impactful with the sun bouncing off of them. Overall, I just enjoyed that each temporary gallery was bustling and a bit awkward to get around because it broke the mould of the empty, large commercial gallery space that art is most often displayed in. It is good to enjoy viewing art!

Jonathan Trim

We’d love to hear what you thought of Leigh Art Trail this year!

What People Say…

“Lovely place with friendly staff. I was amazed at how good my painting turned out!”

Bex Harper -

“Great idea. Wonderful workshops to do something different . Already booked up six workshops for next three months.😀”

Alison Pollard -

“Thoroughly enjoyed the 'Celebrating Chelsea' flower school special today, helping to create the floral installation outside the shop, together with other designs internally. Christine and her team were relaxed and helpful as were the other participants. Will be returning regularly to experience other creative courses. Thank you Create 98.”

Patsy Wiggins -

“Wanted to thank you, your team and Mark for an absolutely brilliant afternoon/evening. Everything was perfect, from the life drawing lesson to the fabulous vegan supper, eaten off of a stunningly beautifully decorated table. A lovely time had by all.”

Karen Baker - Private Party Host

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the flower morning on Saturday. Thank you. You have created an amazing space for a real mix of activities.”

Zena Coleman -

“I just love everything about the place! From the friendliness that immediately puts you at ease, the excellent equipment/tools for the course, the generosity of the host when prosecco is included! I really enjoy anytime I spend there.”


“Great teacher! Thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again xxx”

AC Millbank -

“My son is loving the A to Z classes. As a parent it is wo derful seeing his new creations after each session. A fantastic opportunity for budding artists”

Kate Williams -

“Great idea. Wonderful workshops to do something different . Already booked up six workshops for next three months.?”

Alison Pollard - Workshop participant

“EVERYTHING is spot on. This is the most fantastic place and I cannot wait to book in for more events. You really have nailed it with the content, the staff, the venue, the refreshments. Thankyou!”

Maddie - Benfleet