CHEDDAR ARTISTSOrganisers of Cheddar's Annual Arts Trail and other events and activities to celebrate artists in the Cheddar Valley
Cheddar Artists is a not-for-profit group of over 40 artists and supporters who organise the annual Cheddar Arts Trail, and other events, installations and acitivites throughout the year to promote creativity and celebrate art and artists in the Cheddar Valley.
Cheddar Artists also curates the permanent BT Art Box mini gallery space within an old phone box in Tweentown, Cheddar.
Founder Katrina Atkinson says:
“I’d had the concept of CHAFF ‘Cheddar Arts Fringe Festivals’ bubbling around in my mind for years. In 2014 I invited all the Cheddar village artists I knew to come for a meeting; I explained my vision for a ‘Cheddar Open Studios’ to make an event that would showcase local talent, where visitors could see the artists, chat about the artwork, watch work being made and buy some art.
My only real stipulation was the festival had to be kept within Cheddar, any other local artists who wished to join CHAFF had to exhibit within the village. I felt it was important for the local community to keep it accessible to all; ‘A walking trail of open art studios’ around our lovely village.
My long term ambition was to have community interactive events, art workshops, lectures by prestigious visiting artists and sculptures around the village situated in public gardens and spaces.
The first year opening was October 2014. Only two artists had no prior commitments and opened our doors to the public. This was the beginning. Co-founder Sara hosted the next meeting at her house. I was so overwhelmed with the number of artists who turned up, a sea of faces looked at me, I have to admit I was extremely nervous.
We had our grand opening of CHAFF May 2015.
Since then many more local artists, applied artists and craftspeople have jumped on board and lots of those initial ideas are being realised. CHAFF is growing from strength to strength.”
Latest News & Blog
A report commissioned by industry members of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) from Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has analysed how local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England treat supporting the creative industries as a priority. To boost the growth of place-based creative industries which impact on the local and national economy as wellJune 29, 2022
The Government is confirming its UK Global Screen Fund will be extended for three years with additional funding of £21 million, which will support the industry to continue growing the economy and providing high wage, high skilled jobs for people in the UK. This follows a successful £7 million trial, which supported more than 65June 22, 2022
As the UK faces the challenges of the 21st century, creativity has a role to play in shaping our response to climate change, globalisation and technological innovation – and in enabling the economy and society to ‘bounce forwards’ from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is designed to help councils understand the creativeJune 22, 2022
Why join SABCA as a member
By uniting & connecting with each other we can show gov & local councils that support & investment is key to economic & social success & the happiness of our communities.
People & other creatives want to get involved. Whether booking a band, learning something or joining an active group in their community. Let’s help them discover the rich arts & culture of Somerset.
By joining you get access to regular updates on funding and grants, programmes, collaborations, events, opportunities & more. Plus ask our team what support you need.
The arts and culture eco-system is made up of of many local people, places & orgs. Let’s help other creative orgs & people find others that can bring arts & culture to all who live, work and play here.