Take a tour of town’s arts trail

Artist Tim Shore working on his work " Full Employment in the Free Society (1940)"
Artist Tim Shore working on his work " Full Employment in the Free Society (1940)"

Contemporary artwork is on show at businesses in Belper as part of an arts trail to coincide with the town’s food festival at the weekend.

The trail aims to offer a ‘walk of discovery’ from the High Street to Bridge Foot via King Street and Bridge Street.

Artist Tim Shore helped by Gary Thomas build one of the frames that will hold Tims work.

Artist Tim Shore helped by Gary Thomas build one of the frames that will hold Tims work.

Visitors can enjoy a diverse range of work created by local artists in response to the theme ‘The Journey of Favourites.’

All of the artists have chosen their favourite work to go on display, which they produced over a six-month period during the last year. Joining the 16 individual pieces will be a group of works made by youngsters who attend The Drop Inn, Belper’s youth centre based in Derwent Street.

Andrew Martyn Sugars, one of the trail organisers, from Corridor Arts, said: “We’ve enjoyed working with so many favourites and have been really surprised at the range of works we have on show.

“We’re really excited about the trail this year as we’ve added new venues including the Beaurepaire Gardens, Time and Again and The Memorial Gardens.”

Godfrey Hill, of Pellegrino on Bridge Street, said: “It offers a chance to slow down and look for a while.”

The trail continues until July 21 and includes the Well Dressings event in the town’s River Gardens from July 13 to July 18.

Corridor has produced a free arts trail guide and map that can be downloaded from its website at www.corridor-arts.org.uk. The map also includes a 50 per cent discount voucher for entry to Strutt’s north mil for the duration of the trail.

Belper Food Festival takes place on Sunday in the town centre.