The Art Trail – 7 & 8 September 2024

The Trail

A major event of the Festival, the Art Trail involves local people opening their homes to turn the town into a multifaceted gallery with over 100 artists & makers exhibiting and selling their work in more than 70 venues. The exhibition spaces are in buildings ranging from charming stone cottages to impressive Georgian townhouses, historic and quirky buildings, gardens, courtyards, shop windows and civic buildings and churches.

The Trail is the perfect way to meet artists; talk about the work and buy affordable contemporary art whilst visiting some of Derbyshire’s charminge homes. If you want to understand the thinking behind a piece of work the artist is there to explain. If you have ever considered commissioning artwork for your home the Trail provides the perfect place to discuss the creation of a special piece and see a wide range of work.

…It was a brilliant weekend. Loads of visitors engaged with the work. The venue was wonderful and host super friendly… (Artist hosted in a private home)

David William Sampson

For artists the Art Trail offers the opportunity to meet customers face-to-face; talk about their work, get feedback, make sales and build new relationships.

We welcome applications from contemporary artists and makers of any disciplines which are suitable for display in our venues, which include private homes and public buildings throughout the town. We also have two ‘Makers Markets’ which offer table top stalls suitable for smaller work eg: jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass etc.



… an army of over 100 volunteers help make the Art Trail happen, hosting over 150 artists and welcoming thousands of visitors annually…

Wirksworth Festival Art Trail

7 & 8 September 2024


Meander through the lanes and byways of Wirksworth, meet the artists, talk about their work and buy affordable work to take home.


10:00 to 17:00 daily
Entrance £10 per person
Under 16’s Free
Free Trail Guide