The ABC Art Trail is back for 2020 with even more added to its already fantastic line-up. All will be revealed about the new artists and venues featuring this year in the next issue. In the meantime let’s hear it for the younger artists in our locality who are being offered the chance to get a piece of their artwork on display.

Keen to get even more of the community involved, the organisers are running a competition, open to primary school children in the Attenborough, Beeston and Chilwell area, and have been visiting schools to share this exciting opportunity with them. With a theme of ‘Where I Live’ the budding Rita Mitchells or Matt Plowrights can let their imagination run wild and create something that will hopefully earn them a prestigious place on the trail.

Their mission statement is: ‘ABCAT features work from a group of diverse individual artists who are committed to producing original, creative, handmade, high-quality professional pieces. They are all based in the Attenborough, Beeston, Chilwell and neighbouring areas.

The ABC Art Trail delivers well-organised events that bring excellent innovative and diverse local art together. These events are designed to engage, entertain, excite and enthuse the local community.’

We have no doubt that the calibre of entries will be high – we seem to have a knack of producing a creative talent in our area. The ABCAT artist and makers are going to be judging the entries themselves and are just as excited as the children about showcasing their emerging talent.

The closing date for entries was 28th February and only two overall winners will be chosen, one from the infants (KS1) and one from the juniors (KS2). The winning artwork will be professionally mounted and displayed all along the weekend-long trail. There will also be prizes for one KS2 and KS3 child in each school and the offer of a free workshop for a class or group of pupils from the winning school.

It’s such a wonderful idea, one that will perhaps encourage future artists and makers to emerge. We can’t wait to see the entries!

This year’s ABC Art Trail will take place on the weekend of 6th and 7th of June and will feature 29 artists in 16 venues. There are several new artists and venues to enjoy this year, which we will be meeting and interviewing nearer the time.

The team are working hard on finalising detail, along with the help of local sponsors, and publicity will emerge very soon.

You can find more information at and on their Facebook page.