Townsville’s art galleries are set to become more accessible than ever with the launch of an art walking trail this weekend.
The trail, taking in the seven galleries throughout the CBD and along the Strand, was proposed by owner of Aluminium Art Exclusives, Naomi Watts.
“The idea for the art gallery trail was born from visitors to the gallery – both locals and tourists are often interested to hear about the other galleries and art spaces Townsville has to offer but when I went looking, found there was nothing easily accessible providing the information people were often asking about,” Naomi said.
“Thinking about the best ways to connect galleries, and share this information with people, I did a bit of research and found cities around the world had a variety of successful art trails. The next step was to talk to the other galleries in the CBD and Strand to see if they would be interested in working together and creating an art trail.”
No matter what time of year, Naomi has ensured the art gallery trail will always be a comfortable walk.
“Walking the trail involves walking between the galleries – naturally – so the weather is an important factor that has been taken into consideration. The longest trail which is the combined CBD and Strand trail is only 3.5km long and approximately 45 minutes, excluding time spent in galleries.
“The trail is self directed so everyone is able to go according to their own timing and pace. Additionally the galleries are generally air conditioned with seating and there are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants along the way. While I do expect the walk to be more popular in the cooler months it is possible to undertake the trail anytime of year.
“This trail includes seven different galleries that showcase local, international, modern and traditional art, so there really is something for everyone!”
The trail takes in Umbrella Studio contemporary arts’temporary venue (390 Flinders Street), Aluminium Art Exclusives, Sylvia Ditchburn Fine Art Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, the Drill Hall Studio, Gallery 48 and Townsville Art Society.