Bathurst Arts Trail
Have you heard of the Bathurst Arts Trail?

If you are like me and have heard a little bit about it but don’t really know what it’s all about, then please continue reading.

The Bathurst Arts Trail is a collective of artists throughout the Bathurst region (including Newbridge, Tarana, Sofala, Hill End and other villages) who open their galleries and studios to visitors on the first full weekend of each month.


Then you are in luck, because the next Bathurst Arts Trail Open Weekend is on 2-3 December between 10am-4pm. Entry to each of the galleries/studios is free and trail maps are available online or from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.

Before embarking on the art adventure trail, be sure to browse through the artist directory at which provides a gallery of the works from each of the local artists featured on the trail.

The website also allows you to check the availability of each artist during the Arts Trail open weekends (some artists open their galleries on both Saturday and Sunday while others open on one or the other).

While making your way along the trail on open day keep a look out for the golden Bali flags signposting the artists’ locations.

The Bathurst Arts Trail is a wonderful opportunity to see, buy and/or simply admire original pieces of art while meeting some great local artists.

The trail offers many types of art including canvas painting, illustrations, sculpture, metal work, photography and pottery – just to name a few.

I was lucky enough to meet one of the local artists who is a part of the Bathurst Arts Trail last Friday at a Mayfield Garden workshop called ‘Pottery to Plate’.

Louise Ranshaw is a potter with over 40 years’ experience and, as you can imagine, is very talented and knowledgeable.

Louise led the workshop at Mayfield Garden and taught our group how to create with clay a sushi plate and a large salad bowl.

I found the workshop extremely relaxing, fun and informative. I must also mention how delicious the food was we were served for lunch during the workshop – oh my, the roasted vegetable salad, goats cheese tart and lamb were so good! I also thoroughly enjoyed some child-free time chatting with other mums and drinking a glass of wine.

Louise Ranshaw has a gallery next to her studio in Bant Street, Bathurst which will open on Sunday, 3 December as part of the Bathurst Arts Trail.

Her gallery is full of the works she likes to create, from decorative one-off pieces to table pieces.

Earlier this year, Louise decided to hold casual pottery classes on Sunday afternoons in her studio from 2-4pm. Although classes have now ceased for 2017, they will recommence on 3 February 2018 due to their success.

Louise’s pottery classes are suitable for all levels of experience, from none at all to the more advanced potters. If you would like to book a space in the 2018 classes and learn a new skill from a master potter call Louise on 0400 130 792 or email

Mumma C Xx