Open studios, gardens, sculpture in gardens, demonstrations, workshops and cake!


Sale Arts Trail opens tomorrow we thought you would like to know more about some of the Open Studios at this years Sale Arts Trail.

VENUE E SARAH MITCH 36 Winstanley Road M33 3AR

Will be host to five fabulous makers who will be showcasing their work.  Amazing contemporary glass art for the garden (pictured above) and luxury interior pieces by Gemma Truman. Wonderful quirky and humorous illustrations (pictured above) of animals, birds and some bees by Lucy Gell! Sue Devine’s exquisite handmade leather handbags, purses and  accessories in a range of  colours we only ever dream about. An exciting range of eye catching kiln formed art glass by Michelle Keeling for both domestic and commercial interiors but also her jewellery range. Printed canvases by Sarah Mitch illustrating all we love about  Manchester, New York, Paris, London and Sale.

Soft drinks for the thirsty and cake for the hungry available for a small donation to charity,




VENUE F SYLVIA GLOVER 55 Clarendon Road M33 2DY

Sylvia Glover’s open studio and house is a ceramics hub this weekend! Amy Daniels, Gabi Koma-Dixon, Rachel Cooke and Sylvia Glover will be demonstrating and exhibiting four of the many aspects of ceramics throughout the weekend.

+Amy will be hand building sculptural pieces.

+Gabi will be adding texture and drama to wheel-thrown pots.

+Rachel will be demonstrating how she combines handmade and salvaged ceramic pieces with found material and vintage tiles in her work.

+Finally Sylvia will be working on the potters wheel and discussing how glazes work. TIP look out for Amy Daniels garden sculptures.


VENUE G JACQUIE WILSON 31d Clarendon Road M33 2DU

Jacquie Wilson opens her art studio and for the first time will have two guest exhibitors. Jewellery designer Karin Sheldon and textile designer Jane Mitchell. Not to be missed!



+There will be demos throughout the two days of the trail and

+Make a Coaster with Its Linear

+Make a sun printed postcard with Mrs Leather Creates

Oh and the kettle will be on!



When you visit Nick you will discover a splendid garden full of his sculptures and carvings.  He will be in the studio demonstrating his stone carving skills and happy to answer any questions. Also meet Maya his young apprentice who is doing her work experience here.  Back in the garden, the french windows of the house open into the room where you will find Toby Cotterill displaying beautiful jewellery.

VENUE K Anne Earnshaw photographer

Anne is an art photographer inspired by nature and when you visit her garden you can see her two passions come together. Her garden is a ‘National Garden Scheme’ garden and must not be missed. There will be cake too!

VENUE L Myles Anthony Tailor

Did you know Myles Anthony makes bespoke ladies clothing from his garden studio in Sale?

Did you know Myles Anthony makes bespoke ladies clothing from his garden studio in Sale?

Whibbits Trail at Sale Arts Trail

+++++++WHIBBITS TRAIL+++++++

We are so excited to have the ‘Whibbits Trail’ at Sale Arts Trail this year. Take part in a the Whibbit Trail to find all 6 Whibbit’s at various locations in Sale.

Read all about the Whibbit Trail below and about its creator James Pollitt from Bitz Animation.



What are whibbits?
‘Whibbits!’ are little dogs made from random bits (bots, bike chain, corks, cable ties etc). With the help of crowdfunding support  these little guys have been bought to life in a series of animations with more to come this year.
Who makes this stuff? And Why?!
My name is James. I’m 38 and live in Manchester. I am an art tutor working mainly with learning disabled artists and young people at an awesome organisation called Venture Arts. I am also an illustrator, working in medical textbooks. For the past 3 years I have also been having fun as an experimental animator and puppet maker. We have 2 whippets, Penny and Eric, who inspire a lot of my work
My First Puppet
I had always loved stop motion films and wanted to try it myself, but never took the leap. I knew very little about stop motion and didn’t want to learn from online tutorials or standard techniques… I like a challenge and I like to do things differently, so one day in 2015 I decided to challenge myself to make a puppet inspired by my dogs made only from the items in my tool box!  ‘BITZ’ (the original whibbit) was born. I wanted to use this puppet to make and share some animation experiments with the world- however bad they were…! I wanted to learn ‘on the job’ and keep challenging myself and experimenting- I just hoped the projects would have some kind of handmade charm.
Experimental Projects
This approach took me on a journey through several projects, all the while learning more about stop-motion and how to use my unique designs, ultimately I made a ‘Bitz’ short film and a sequel which got some funding from my generous social media followers
Fundraising & Crowdfunding
Whilst running my campaigns  I had lots of requests to sell my dog puppets, so In 2018 I refined the ‘junk dog puppet’ idea into something I could replicate and sell- These were no longer a one off puppet experiments, they were a breed of dog- Whibbits! (Currently over 50 whibbits have been built and sent all over the world!) I use the sale of the models and other merchandise (such as books, bags, T-shirts and posters) to bring the whibbits to life and fund the next stages of the project- the whibbits star in a promotional film with a catchy theme song (composed and sang by Danny Ryan) and some short animated loop sequences designed to seamlessly play over and over on social media channels.
Project Development
I have stopped selling models for this year and will be focussing on animating again.
My next aim is to make a series ‘Whibbits!’ animations starring different variations of these little desktop friends. I have designed some new colour variations of whibbit which I’m looking forward to animating. Each will have their own desktop, set and props… I have already begun storyboarding some fun, slapstick antics for them to get up to.
I am currently raising funds to bring the ‘Otto’ whibbit to life. Throughout July I’m selling raffle tickets (to ‘win a whibbit’) and other merchandise through my website shop. All six of my new whibbit designs are on display in various venues as part of Sale Arts Trail. I am really pleased to be part of this event and happy the whibbits are being seen while they wait for their turn to be animated. 

Pop Up Shop back open today

The Sale Arts Trail Pop Up is back open today from 10-3 and we will be open every day until Sunday. Come and pick up your trail leaflet and find out all about this years trail.
WEDS 10-3
THURS 10-3
FRI 10-4
SAT 10-5
SUN 11-3
This weeks events
WEDNESDAY Trafford and District Woodcraft Club members will be carving a variety of projects that hopefully will be finished for the Trail in under 3 weeks.
THURSDAY Jo Lavelle Jewellery #arthotdesking making jewellery.
FRIDAY Lisa Watson will be working from the Pop Up.
SATURDAY Catherine Gibson Ferns will be holding a linocutting workshop. To book a place
SUNDAY Eve Bennett Ceramics will be running a Mark making workshop.To book a place 

Lino cutting workshop with Cate Gibson


Sale Arts Trail Pop Up Shop, 21 The Mall, Sale. M33 7XZ.

Linocutting workshop with Cate Gibson £30

Come and join Cate Gibson in the Sale Arts Trail Pop Up Shop on Saturday 29th June and learn the art of linocutting.

From image to design, to cutting, then printing onto a quality paper with help and guidance from Cate. We think you will catch the printmaking bug!!

All you need to bring is a drawing, photo or pattern measuring15cm x 10cms and an apron.

Refreshments provided!

Click here to BOOK



Pop Up Shop now open

Sale Arts Trail has a POP UP Shop at 21 The Mall in Sale Town Centre for a whole month leading up to the  trail.

The space is a showcase of art and craft available on the trail weekend.

Come and see some of the artists working from the space #ArtHotDesking and watch this space for upcoming events.





SAT 10-5


Pop Up Shop



We are pleased to announce from Sale Art Trail HQ that we will be opening our Pop Up Shop. The shop is located at 21 The Mall in Sale Town Centre and will be opening this Sunday 16th June to coincide with Sale’s very first Makers Market.

There will be a selection of work in our artists gallery and find out what we will be up to in the shop for the month prior to the Sale Arts Trail.

We will be open from 11-4. Drop in, say hello and collect your Sale Arts Trail leaflet.