Another community arts trail comes to Midsomer Norton

This spring, Midsomer Norton Community Trust and the Midsomer Norton Cultural Consortium are inviting Somer Valley residents to create art work which will be displayed on the High Street as part of Midsomer Music & Arts Festival.

The theme of the trail is MY HIGH STREET – celebrating the wonderful shops, trades, business owners and buildings in our town. It will take place Friday 19 May to Friday 9 June, across dozens of High Street venues. Works will also be displayed in the Town Park as part of Midsomer Music Festival on 3 June.

Art work is to be created using paper carrier bags, and we are asking that works explore one or more of the following themes:

  1. High Street buildings
  2. High Street architecture
  3. High Street purchases
  4. High Street people
  5. High Street trades
  6. High Street history
  7. Future High Streets
  8. Fantasy High Streets
  9. Your favourite High Street shop

You can use collage, painting, printing, recycled and found materials, or any other suitable media to decorate your bag.  

On 15 April, 22 April, 29 April and 13 May we will be holding free drop-in Saturday morning workshops where you’ll be supported in making your own art work. These will take place at Unit 14, 14 South Road, BA32EZ, between 11am and 2pm.

Art works should be delivered by Monday 15 May to Unit 14, 14 South Rd, BA32EZ. If you have ideas for larger-scale installations and alternative forms, if you would like some extra materials, if you would like to host a display, or if you have any other ideas or questions, please contact Beth Whalley and Martyn Plant on [email protected].

The trail is being led by Midsomer Norton Cultural Consortium as part of Midsomer Norton’s Cultural Programme, funded by Historic England as part of their High Street Heritage Action Zones scheme. Midsomer Norton Music Festival takes place on 3 June in Midsomer Norton Town Park, Gullock Tyning. It is free to attend and open to everyone.