Artist Trails is an art and community story project that seeks to connect communities with the art of their of surroundings.
Using artworks in public art collections Artist Trails explores our places, histories and heritage through the paintings of a place, collecting stories from communities and creating trails for all to explore.
Each trail links paintings to the places they depict and the stories they inspire to form a route through a landscape. Seen through the eyes of an artist and the histories of its communities Artist Trails provides a new and fascinating way to experience and understand our surroundings.
The Charles Byrd Story Trail uses the paintings of artist Charles Byrd to explore Cardiff, from the docks in the south to Llandaff in the north. The Charles Byrd Story Trail project is currently in development with the aim of launching the app in 2019. Check out the project pages for more information.
The Ystrad Stories Trail uses the paintings of artist Ernest Zobole to explore the streets and mountain views of the Rhondda and is available to download as an iBook or audio. See the Ystrad Stories Trail pages for more information.
Artist Trails was developed by artist Sharon Magill while studying the MA Arts Practice (Fine Art) at the University of South Wales in 2016.
As an artist and lecturer in Citizen Media: Digital Storytelling Sharon wanted to explore ways to discover artworks that depict a particular location, engage with its communities and share peoples stories promoted by the artworks. This began with the artworks of Rhondda artist Ernest Zobole in the art collection of the University of South Wales.
Experiencing the landscape of the Rhondda Valley with the artwork of Zobole in mind and recognising the history and stories within the surroundings and its communities Sharon was inspired to bring these elements together; Zobole’s artwork and peoples stories of the Rhondda, and so the concept of Artist Trails and Ystrad Stories was formed.
Sharon Magill is a lecturer in Citizen Media: Digital Storytelling at Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Culture. Sharon is also an artist with an interest in working in and with communities to encourage engagement with art and storytelling.
All images used with the permission of the copyright holder and Estate. Charles Byrd images used with the permission of Cardiff Council Libraries and the Byrd Estate. Ernest Zobole images used with the permission of the University of South Wales Art Collection Museum, Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru – National Museum of Wales and the Zobole Estate. All images are used for non-commercial research and educational purposes. The images used on this website should not be downloaded without obtaining permissions first.
Copyright of all stories remains with the authors.