Buxton Art Trail


Buxton Art Trail is a biannual event which showcases the talents of the creative community during Buxton’s Fringe Festival. The first trail was held in 2010 and boasted 70 artists at 30 different venues. The art trail provided a vital way for the arts community to network and collaborate and was pivotal in the creation of the Green Man Gallery, which is now undoubtedly the creative hub of the local community. Buxton’s Festival Fringe is the second largest fringe festival in the UK after Edinburgh, hosting over 600 events with exhibitors from as far as Japan.


Buxton Art Trail required their website to be resurrected and over hauled to promote and provide information about the event, registration forms, links to social media and leaflets as well as enquiries via contact form. Each artist required a basic contact page with a featured image, contact details and personal statement. Buxton Art Trail is managed by a committee who approved communications and the timings of sprints within the project.


After receiving a back up of the original system, we were able to add to a fresh WordPress installation. Old content was renamed but preserved to make way for the 2015 event, accounts were created for the committee’s media team. As artists registered for the event, we were provided with web versions of flyers and publicity, an updated map and finally the assets for each of the individual artist profiles. The event went very smoothly and the BAT team were awarded ‘Best Visual Event’ by the Fringe Festival management. The website will be updated to help support Buxton based artists in 2016’s Derbyshire Open Arts festival.

If you have any questions or comments about Buxton Art Trail or would like help to establish your own community arts project, please get in touch.