On the Trail of Local Art

This weekend was the 13th annual Southbank Bristol Arts art trail in Southville and this year I got involved.

The hub of the trail is the Southville Centre and I was fortunate enough to be one of the featured artists at the centre. Here’s my stall:

My stall in the Southville Centre
My stall in the Southville Centre

On the stall I featured book art and copies of my books.

In 2013 I completed a 365 day art project – Project Book 365. I did something creative every day related to books and captured the journey on a Facebook page


I was surprised how popular my book art was, in particular with children.

I had a pile of books displayed in a drawer and invited visitors to browse through the books and discover the secrets inside them.

Each one has a diorama inside related to the topic of the book.

Here are a couple of examples:

Library inside a book
Russian Dolls inside a hollowed out Russian dictionary

I met lots of interesting people; fellow artists and visitors to the centre, over the weekend but there was one young man in particular, Sennen Hurley, who was a big fan of my work. He made an animation with his phone and emailed it to


Book Art Video

A big thank you to you Sennen for your creative input

I had copies of my books, The Bronze Box and Solomon’s Secrets for sale

I also have a few paperback copies in stock of both books, although paperbacks are available on Amazon, if you’d like a signed copy they are £8 (+P&P). Email me: amy@tomcatdesigns.co.uk

I also had the last few copies of a couple of children’s books that myself and my husband wrote together during the 365 project.  They are not available anywhere else:

The Spoilt Princess

The Spoilt Princess
The Spoilt Princess

Lily is a very spoilt princess. One day, when she gets lost, she learns that true value is only found through kindness

Dinosaur Dave

Dinosaur Dave

Dave is a big, grumpy, Tyrannosaurus Rex… and he is hungry.

If you’d like a copy, they are £5 each (+P&P) – I’ll sign it too with a personal message – email me: amy@tomcatdesigns.co.uk and I can send some interior shots too.

It’s a long, hard weekend manning a stall at an art trail, I think I’ll give it a couple of years before I do another one. Also, when you’re involved in the trail, you don’t get to visit all the other great installations, open houses, stalls, street parties and events.

Thanks to all the volunteers, artists, performers and visitors who make these events possible.

3 Replies to “On the Trail of Local Art”

  1. Thanks for the comment. There are lots of places to find info. What questions do you have? You could always email me a list and I’ll see if I can signpost you to the answers? I provide business support, specializing in working with creatives. I charge my time out by the hour, so if you wanted to have a more in depth conversation get in touch and we can book in a Skype consultation. Amy 🙂

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