5th June - 1st September
The Trowbridge Windows on Nature art trail features a fabulous range of paintings, sculptures, crafts and photography on the theme of nature and climate change, displayed in empty shop windows around Trowbridge until 1st September.
As Britain is hosting the International Climate Change Conference (COP-26) in November and to reflect news that over a quarter of British mammals are at risk of extinction and 80% of our most popular birds are in decline, the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce and event sponsor MHA Monahans invited talented local artists and schools to display nature-themed artwork for this eye-catching public art event.
The aim of the trail is to provide a fun ‘staycation’ safari for residents and visitors, bring stunning wildlife art to the streets of Trowbridge, fill empty shop windows, raise awareness of the plight of nature and promote environmental charities.
MAPS – Free ‘Windows on Nature’ trail maps are available from the venues below or can be downloaded from the green Map buttons near the bottom of this page for printing out before setting off on the trail.
NB. These digital maps below are the latest versions.
Map venues include:
- Trowbridge Town Hall
- Trowbridge Museum
- Trowbridge Library
- BeeTees Cafe
- Leykers Coffee Shop
- Henley’s Cake Shop
- Absolutely Flowers
- Fabric Magic
- Baloo’s Soft Play
- Hidden Chef
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY
The eye-catching wildlife artwork has been created by 27 local artists and creatives and includes a supersized rhino painting by BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Tanya Achilleos Lock, a giant painted hare sculpture by artist Joanna May, stunning photographs of endangered wildlife by leading Wiltshire photographers and recycled metal sculptures of dung beetles by award-winning sculptor Fiona Campbell and metal sunflowers by Garry MetAlli.
You can also see a model bustard (the emblem of Wiltshire) and bustard photos by Alan Benson, beautiful metre high glass butterflies by artist Phaedra Politis, painted animals by children from Pocket Picassos and The Mead Academy Trust and a seven-metre mural by Trowbridge graffiti artist Tom Miller.
Tom Miller painting his eye-catching mural at Innox Mills, near the train station, which highlights the 97% loss of our wildflower meadows and the decline of some of our most precious species, such as bees, hedgehogs and hares.
Hundreds of people booped their horns as they drove past and stopped to talk to Tom about his work. Although painting took longer as a result, he received commissions to paint several portraits, a wall, a lorry and a kebab van!
Local dairy farmer and wildlife photographer David Marshall’s prints are on display at The Gateway courtyard (number 6 on the trail map).
Glass artist Phaedra Politis with her stunning glass butterfly sculptures representing extinct British species, including the Swallowtail and Large Blue, which has since been reintroduced to the UK. You can visit Phaedra’s butterflies at The Gateway Courtyard (No. 6 on the map). To see more of her incredible glass designs, or for commission enquiries, see www.phaedraglassgifts.co.uk
Artist Joanna May with her giant decorated hare, now on display in Waterstones and the team from event sponsors MHA Monahans in The Shires Shopping Centre with Joanna’s Wiltshire treasure hunt book The Hare on the Moon. Joanna’s paintings are on display at Santander in Fore St.
CHARITIES – QR codes in the artists’ windows will link to wildlife conservation charities, including the Bath-based Rainforest Concern and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and over 30 local businesses will be featuring a nature theme in their windows, including tree saplings donated by the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce for planting later in the year.
COMPETITION – A fun weekly competition for the eagle-eyed on the trail invites you to spot Tomas the model toucan, who will be landing in a different shop window each week. The first person to spot him each week and post a photo of him with the hashtag #TrowbridgeArtTrail wins an animal-themed chocolate goodie bag, kindly donated by ASDA.
Congratulations to Lily, Isabelle and Isaac from Melksham who were the first to find Tomas at BeeTees Cafe in week one and Sophia from Trowbridge who found him in Davies & Davies on his first day in their window. He’ll be hopping into another business on the trail map on Saturday – see if you can find him!
TRAIL PHOTOS – For more images of artwork on the trail, CLICK HERE
Event producer Megan Witty of Witty Event Management, who also organised the Pigs, Lions and Owls of Bath sculpture trails, said: “There is a stunning range of art by incredibly talented artists living i and around Trowbridge. The free trail maps will lead art and nature fans on safari around town and we hope to help raise awareness of the threats to nature and decline of some of our most beloved wildlife species.
“A big thank you to the Trowbridge Area Board and MHA Monahans for their support and also to Unique Signs for the window vinyls, Stone Developments Wiltshire for the trail maps and, of course, all our amazingly talented local artists. Thanks also to the local landlords and agents who kindly offered up their empty windows!”
If you fancy a ‘staycation’ safari this summer, drive or take the bus or train over to Trowbridge and follow the wildlife trail!
PRINT YOUR TRAIL MAP HERE!
(Artists’ displays on one side and businesses on the other)
SOME OF THE AMAZING ART ON THE TRAIL INCLUDES:
- a giant painted hare sculpture and treasure trail book illustrations by Joanna May
- a supersized rhino painting by BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Tanya Achilleos Lock
- wildlife photographs by David Betteridge, Alan Benson, Abbie Asadi, David Marshall, Matt Minnis and Vicky Scott
- paintings by Samuel Lindup, Steven Jenkins, Jacqueline Bryne, Phil Mumby, Nicola Davis, Sue Hallissey, Lise MacDermott and Grace Dalgleish
- beautiful glass butterflies by Phaedra Politis and Alex Compton
- 3D animals and artwork by Pocket Picassos, St John’s Primary, the Mead Schools and Trowbridge Environmental Community
- a 7-metre wildlife mural by graffiti artist Tom Miller
- a giant ‘find the 15 animals’ rainforest painting by environmental scientist Oliver Whaley
- wool felt animal masks by Valerie Jukes
- recycled metal animal & plant sculptures by award-winning sculptor Fiona Campbell and Garry MetAlli
- A life-size model bustard and bustard conservation photos by Alan Benson
- Tomas the Toucan, who flies into a different town centre venue every Saturday for you to find!
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