Clean up Bradford on Avon – CluB

serenarts gallery club boa

They’ve been at it again!

It is so nice to see the results of all the hard work the Clean up Bradford on Avon – CluB do in our town… thank you.

serenarts gallery tithebarn workshops

CluB is a volunteer group which tidies up Bradford on Avon. They meet weekly on Monday mornings at various locations around the town, posting the details on their Facebook page in advance.

What’s on at Barton Farm?

We know the weather is making this feel more like a Bank Holiday weekend, but it is worth braving the elements and heading down to Barton Farm and the Tithebarn Workshops today…

serenarts gallery cygnets arrive at barton farm

Mummy and Daddy Swan have decided to relocate to Barton Bridge where they have attracted one or two photographers! Looks like the resident kingfisher might get the hump with all the lenses pointed at the new cygnets. If you are launching a kayak or paddle board from here, please be mindful and keep your distance.

It is also very good to see the first exhibition returning to the West Barn in well over a year…

serenarts gallery exhibitions return to the west barn

This was them just setting up this morning when I went for my walk. There will be paintings, potter, laser cut design, textiles and wirework on show from artists: Gina Belford, Kate Westcott, Andrew Eddleston, Karen George, Natty Deco and Gaynor Leverett-Jaques. Good luck to you all.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

The Kingfisher Trail 2021

We mentioned a few weeks ago about some of the upcoming events and goings on in Bradford. The Kingfisher Trail 2021 is a very exciting celebration of art organised in support of Cotswolds National Landscape. This years event is to include Bradford on Avon for the first time.

The Kingfisher Trail is a fantastic arts trail of 21 wonderful kingfisher sculptures which have been decorated by some of our most talented local artists for public display in and around the Cotswolds National Landscape in 2021. Residents and visitors are invited to follow the trail in the summer of 2021, get out into nature and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds region. The Kingfisher Trail is designed to bring businesses, arts and local communities together and at the end of the project all of these wonderful sculptures will be auctioned to art lovers and businesses to raise funds for the vital conservation work (for projects that support children and young people in the Cotswolds National Landscape.) of the Cotswolds National Landscape.

Similar to the Minerva’s Owls Sculpture Trail that the local businesses and the Town Council supported in 2018, the Kingfisher Trail will see the town host one of 21 large sculptures of a kingfisher, each decorated by a professional artist.

The 21st sculpture, the ‘Flying Kingfisher’, will move to a new location every fortnight. With Bradford on Avon at the southern end of the Cotswolds, the Trail will now include our portion of the Avon valley too!

Our kingfisher will make two visits to the town, the first in June, and then returning in August.  The trail will be available online and via a smartphone App and we will keep you updated of the locations nearer the time. To celebrate the kingfisher’s arrival, we will also be launching a community art project – keep an eye out on our website and social media @BoATownCouncil for more information on how to get involved!

Barton Farm Country Park Booklet

serenarts gallery barton farm booklet

With the increase in the number of visitors to Bradford on Avon and the Barton Farm Country Park, we thought we would put together a very simple little booklet giving information about this beautiful area. This A6 landscape booklet will be available from this Thursday at SerenArts Gallery

serenarts gallery barton farm booklet

There will be a brief history of the Barton Farm area, a bit on the wildlife in the Country Park, a few of the many walks available and just some general information.

We hope to see you down at the Tithebarn Workshops soon.

Spot Your House!

Let’s have a quick game of spot your house!…

aerial view of barton farm

I came across this aerial photo of the Barton Farm and surrounding area when I was going through some old files the other day. It was used in a project we worked on for the Preservation Trust, for their book on the history of Barton Farm. Very interesting to see places you know from above and it does show what a beautiful area we have the pleasure to work in

aerial view of serenarts gallery

Come and visit us down here soon.

First Brood

serenarts gallery ducklings

No, it’s not a misspelling of the Rambo film title, it is a brood of new little ducklings I spotted on the canal this morning… although I am reliably informed that they are called a paddling if they’re on the water… either way, they’re very cute!

The sun is back out and the bank holiday weekend is fast approaching. Come on down to the Tithebarn Workshops and enjoy some much needed retail therapy and a stroll around the beautiful Barton Farm Country Park.

Impromptu Live Music

serenarts gallery live music at the tithebarn workshops

Who’s up for a little bit of socially distanced music at the Tithebarn Workshops?! Eager to find somewhere to practice, the offer of our garden was enough to persuade Tim and a couple of his muso mates to bring their instruments down and treat us all to a bit of much needed music.

If you’re in the Barton Farm area tomorrow, why not pop along for a bit of retail therapy, a cuppa at the cafe and sit in the sun listening to the musical melodies!

Good news…

Sometimes, when I’m trying to think of something to blog about, I will go to the local news and information websites to see what’s happening in Bradford that I may have missed. During our enforced closure this has been more often than normal as not a lot is currently happening at the Tithebarn Workshops!

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of uplifting news on the Bradford Town Council website. If you’re feeling a bit down just have a read of the positive goodies that are being planned for our town… it cheered me up!

Only 27 more sleeps before SerenArts Gallery is fully open again for business.

Lockdown Window Exhibition

We are pleased to be involved in the new Tithebarn Workshops initiative… the Lockdown Window Exhibition:

The idea is to add a bit of culture to your daily walk by having a regularly changed window display of Serena’s paintings in the windows. All the artists at the Tithebarn Workshops are taking part, so you should be able to take a small, artistic detour around the windows of the Workshops…

Further details about this ongoing event have been posted on Explore BOA and it is also being covered by the Wiltshire Times and Radio Wiltshire.

Enjoy Bradford on Avon

The sun is out… the sky is blue… why not enjoy a bit of social distancing fun in Bradford on Avon today?

The market in Lamb’s Yard is setting up ready for a busy days trading…

bradford on avon market

After browsing the stalls in town why not head along the River Avon to Barton Farm Country Park where the live music will be starting up this afternoon by the river.

serenarts gallery bradford on avon

You can then wander through to the Tithebarn Workshops and enjoy a relaxing cream tea in our beautiful garden and a spot of retail therapy in the safe shopping spaces that we have down here.

Whatever you do… enjoy our wonderful town.