WVAT '19


Saturday 18th May to Monday 27th May

The Wylye Valley Art Trail 2019 is a 10 day festival of visual art and craft in and around the Wylye Valley, South Wiltshire, from Saturday 18 May to (Bank Holiday) Monday 27 May 2019 . It will be a lively mix of open studios and workplaces, galleries, exhibitions by individual artists, makers and art and groups, and other events such as workshops, talks, demonstrations and children's activities.

The Wylye Valley Art Trail was established in 2001 and takes place every other year. As always our aim is to build on the huge success of the previous trails, which have made WVAT the largest and most popular visual arts event in Wiltshire.

We are very excited that this is the 10th Wylye Valley Art Trail! So we're celebrating #WVAT10 with the addition of an extra day to make it a 10 day event.


The Wylye Valley Art Trail covers an area which includes Warminster, Westbury, Maiden Bradley, Mere, Hindon, Tisbury, Wylye and villages in between.

View a map of the 2017 trail area here.


The Wylye Valley Art Trail is an artist-led, non-profit organisation, predominantly paid for by participation fees. It is administered by a small team of volunteer members. No-one is paid or receives a salary.


The Wylye Valley Art Trail has become a regular fixture on the arts calendar in the South West. We aim to actively promote and advertise locally, regionally and, where possible, nationally. We seek editorial coverage through newspapers, radio and TV as well as online and social media. As well as this, much depends on participants promoting their own exhibitions.

The Brochure

The trail brochure will be published and ready for distribution by early April 2019, with an estimated print run of 35,000 copies. This takes the form of a booklet, with listings and images for each event. It also has a map of the area, with numbered references to the listings.

Brochures are distributed to Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Arts and Leisure Centres, Galleries, Shops, Pubs, Hotels and many other outlets in a wide area around and beyond the Wylye Valley. The easy availability of the brochure make it one of our principal means of raising awareness of the event.

Participants will be able to collect quantities of brochures for their own publicity purposes. We are setting up a volunteer network for distributing brochures and posters. Please indicate on the entry form if you can help.

The Website

All the information and images which appear in the brochure will also be on the Wylye Valley Art Trail website: www.wvat.co.uk. Participants can also have links to their own websites and/or social media pages.


To be eligible to participate, you need to be resident in, work in, based in or have a strong connection with South and West Wiltshire. View a map of the area covered by Wylye Valley Art Trail here.

You will need to find a venue and organise your own event. This could be your own studio, workshop or a room in your house. It could be a local hall or other public space. Over the past trails a wide variety of venues have been used, from pubs and cafes, theatres and libraries to barns, churches, warehouses and garden sheds! If you're having problems finding a venue, or you'd like to find someone to share a venue, we may be able to help or advise, just contact us.

The entry deadline for application forms and payment is 23 November 2018. The deadline for submission of images is 20 January 2019 (see below for information about submitting images).

Entry Fees

We've had to raise our fees marginally to take account of rising costs but we think you'll agree that they're still very modest for this high profile event, when compared to other artweeks and art trails (and your photography sessions are still included in the fee!):

  • Individual Artist: £135
    • 2 - 4 artists sharing a venue: £120 per artist
    • 5 or more artists sharing a venue: £110 per artist
  • Art Group: £175
  • Art Gallery: £245

Participatory events are very popular and attract more visitors to your venue. It would be particularly good to offer 'hands on' workshops for children or some youth orientated activities during the weekends and Bank Holiday Monday.

If you are able to run a workshop, give a demonstration, talk or set up any kind of 'hands-on' activity please give details in the space provided on the form. There will be no extra charge for this listing. You'll need to state whether people need to book. Include booking details and how much, if anything, it will cost.

If you teach or host art or craft courses, workshops or regular classes at other times, you can have the 'teaching' symbol on your listing. Just tick the box on the form and state the subjects you teach. If you are an art group which holds workshops and you welcome people who are non-members please also tick the box.

Image Requirements

We require high-quality, professsional standard images of your work for the brochure and for publicity purposes. The images should be representative of what can be seen at your event (PLEASE NOTE: 'composites' of several artists' work in one image will not be accepted as they are generally not clear and don't work well when printed on a smaller scale).

Please send 3 jpegs of recent work. They should be a minimum of 300dpi and at least A6 size. PLEASE do not send any images that you would not want to be used in the brochure.

Title your image files as follows:


Upload your images via a link to our dropbox folder below. Please make sure that they are labelled as above (if uploading direct from your phone or ipad photo album please make sure that you retitle the file before sending).

Please ensure all images are in focus and of good clear quality with strong contrast. Images of 2D work should not include frames or mounts. 3D work should be photographed against a plain, contrasting background.

Upload photos here

For further information or advice, please please contact us.

Professional Photography Session

We appreciate that not everyone has the facilities to take good images or the knowledge to make sure they are print resolution and labelled correctly. So, once again, we've arranged sessions with a professional photographer between November 2018 and January 2019 for artists to have 3 pieces of artwork photographed. This is a great opportunity to make sure your brochure and website images are the best they can be to encourage visitors to your venue. The cost of this is included in the entry fees so there is no extra charge. We will send details of how to book a slot near you after we have received your submission.


It is advisable that you take out appropriate third party insurance to cover your exhibition for the duration of the art trail period. You might also like to cover artwork against damage or theft. You can talk to your own insurers about this. Or contact the following organisations who offer insurance specifically for artists:

Contact us for further advice or information.

Other Participants

If you know of any other artists or groups who might be interested in taking part, please let them have a link for this page. Or please contact us.


If you require any further information or help with your entry, please contact us.

Entry Forms

Please fill in one of the forms here.


Use this form if you are an exhibitor on your own or you are sharing a venue with other artists. Each artist will have an image and description in the brochure and on the website. Each artist taking part will need to submit an entry form.

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Use this form if you are organising a group exhibition and are happy for one image in the brochure and website. Artists' names are listed in your event description.

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Use this form if you are a commercial gallery. You will have two images in the brochure and on the website.

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You will find full entry requirements and instructions on the forms.

If you require any assistance during application, please contact us.

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