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Extra venues announced for this year’s Arts Trail

PUBLISHED: 15:35 28 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:35 28 July 2015

Elisabeth Cooper

Elisabeth Cooper

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Five new venues have been announced for this year’s South Hams Arts Forum (SHAF) Arts Trail.

Now in its fifth year, the SHAF Arts Trail has extended its reach with the addition of artists’ venues in Aveton Gifford, Strete, Ugborough, Kingston and Plymstock.

The nine-day Arts Trail, which will run from Saturday, October 17, to Sunday, October 25, will give art lovers the opportunity to see 52 local artists at work in 15 venues.

The venues range from the artists’ homes and studios to galleries and public spaces, such as the Market Hall in Kingsbridge.

Silversmith Elisabeth Cooper, an early member of SHAF and the Arts Trail, said: “When we started the Arts Trail five years ago, we had just 30 members in SHAF and had previously run small arts trails.”

Knowing the wealth of talent in the area and with the help of funding, Mrs Cooper decided to aim for 50 artists. This was achieved, with the help of a small committee, thereby introducing a wider variety of artists and crafts people.

The aim was to keep the trail relatively small, around 50 each year, and to encourage visitors to explore the area and meet artists.

In the last five years, SHAF membership has grown to around 100, with new artists joining and some early members dipping in and out of the Arts Trail, depending on their work and commitments.

SHAF’s membership is very diverse so while some artists work in purpose-built studios others manage to produce fantastic work at the kitchen table.

“The SHAF artists will be more than happy to discuss their particular artistic skill and the processes involved,” added Mrs Cooper. “There is such an abundance of talent in the South Hams that every type of art form is covered by the Arts Trail. It also gives visitors a rather unique way of travelling around and enjoying our beautiful surroundings.”

During the run-up to the Arts Trail, brochures with all the details of the venues and the artists will be available from Tourist Information Offices in the area, as well as various libraries, hotels and shops. It can also be downloaded from the SHAF website at www.shaf.org.uk.

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