Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Monday 26 September 2022

Wivenhoe Art Trail at the Bookshop

Artists in the Shed

Miranda Campbell, Margie North, David Purdey & Vanessa Tannahill

Wivenhoe Art Trail

10am – 5pm  – 25, 26th June

& 10am – 4pm – 27th June

Wivenhoe Bookshop Shed

23 High St



The Wivenhoe Art Trail is on!

Save the date…Friday 25 – Sunday 27 June 2021! The Wivenhoe Art Trail is back and bigger than ever! With around 40 artists and makers spread over 24 venues, Wivenhoe’s creative fraternity are once again throwing their studio doors open to sharing their creative endeavours.

Miranda Campbell


“I specialise in artisan handmade notebooks and bookmarks using traditional bookbinding techniques, with decorative stitching and beading.

As a contemporary book artist, I also create sculptural books inspired by walking meditations and the landscape – particularly, the delicate threads that bind us to each other, and shape our affinity for space and place.”


Margie North

“I tend to keep to the same subject and from a series of initial sketches I then use different media from watercolour through to acrylic and oil.

I have been concentrating on still life and domestic everyday scenes but as lockdown has eased I am capturing the joy flowers bring into the home.”




David Purdey

“I’m a landscape painter and I work from my observation and experience of the actual places I have visited on my travels in the West country, France and Spain.

All my paintings begin with sketches and drawings and I try to show the world in a new and personal way which involves simplifying the scene to reflect its essence. I try to live inside the landscape, and what excites me is trying to capture reflection, light, shadow and movement.

I came to painting late and it’s now become one of my greatest pleasures!”


Vanessa Tannahill


“I consider my work to be Naive Primitive Folk Art influenced by my love of the art of Africa where I am originally from, and where I first started working in ceramics.

Recently I have been working on wall hangings inspired by visits to my garden from foxes and muntjac deer. I tend to work in themes, creating decorative pots, hand built coil and

slab work, and small animal sculptures.  I enjoy experimenting with clays and glazes.”



Lockdown has not deterred Wivenhoe’s artistic community and each and every maker has been busy creating throughout these difficult times, with the express intention to show new work as soon as possible.

Not only is the Trail a fantastic opportunity to purchase work direct from the artists and truly engage with their processes and inspirations but often it’s an inclusive opportunity to see art in action, often in the makers’ studios and workshops, directly viewing the making process and techniques.The breadth of creativity is astonishing this year, from painters to ceramicists, collage to kinetic art, glass to textiles and much more…something to suit every art lover’s taste.

Art is not the same without its audience and Wivenhoe’s creative reputation has not been deterred, in fact it has positively flourished. From familiar favourites to new emerging artists, each can’t wait to share their creations, fashioned throughout and often reflecting the Lockdown.

Fingers are firmly crossed for great weather for three days of wandering around Wivenhoe’s beautiful streets and waterfront.

This year we are lucky enough to have Michaels Estate Agents sponsoring us and advertising our event. Each venue will be identified with a board making it even easier to navigate to all the artists’ locations.

Maps for the event can be found online at www.wivenhoearttrail. Facebook and Instagram platforms. Physical copies can be found at the Wivenhoe Bookshop and various locations in Wivenhoe and the surrounding area as well as at each venue.

A warm and above all safe welcome awaits as this new stage of reopening gets underway. From cards to investment pieces, a feast of art and quality crafts is in store…a real tonic for the senses and a good start to a great summer.