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The first week in October will bring together some of Wiltshire’s most talented artists. By creating an ‘arts trail’, visitors and local residents will have the chance to see these artists in their studios and workspaces.

The Peacock Arts Trail is a bi-annual open studio and art exhibition event. Now in its second year, the art extravaganza will last for nine days from 3-11 October. Organisers of the event have said they will present a wide range of art forms. Artists include Corsham’s Celia Smith and her life-like wire bird sculptures, painter Chris Dunn and stained glass artist Peter Berry. Printmaker Kathy Hutton will also be exhibiting her work throughout the event.

“Being a full-time artist is a solitary activity and opening up my studio is a brilliant opportunity to 'step out from behind the easel' and share my thoughts, practice and techniques with a diverse and interesting audience,” artist Caroline Rudge told local media. “It's wonderful to engage new people with my work and of course to show off my fantastic studio space situated within Corsham's creative hub. To be part of a wide community of talented artists and makers is a real privilege.”

In addition to being a great opportunity to see the artists’ work up close, there are family-friendly events planned as well. Children can work together to create a large mural, a highlight planned for 3 October at the Methuen Arms. For more information, please visit the event website for details.

Named after the peacocks that populate Corsham, the Peacock Arts Trail includes sites in Corsham, Chippenham, Biddestone, Box, Lacock, Yatton Keynall, Kington Langley, Foxham, Holt and other nearby villages in Wiltshire. In the autumn, Wiltshire is a stunning place to enjoy a holiday cottage break with friends and family. With a number of options available near the locations of the Peacock Arts Trail, Wiltshire is truly the perfect destination for art lovers in October.

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