Patchings Artists'Trail - now open!
An exciting and unique attraction is now open for the autumn with free introductory admission for visitors to walk along a time line of art history.
On September 16, HRH The Duke of Gloucester made a return visit to Patchings, over 30 years after opening the Pavilion in 1991, to unveil a plaque to mark the opening the new Artists' Trail.
The tree-lined Artists’ Trail features 62 mounted and weather-protected paintings ranging in time from Caravaggio’s The Musicians and Van Dyck’s Charles I to 20th century urban landscapes of LS Lowry.
Some are photo-reproductions of original paintings and others have been painstakingly copied by talented members of Patchings’ own art club.
Using phones and a QR (quick response) code, visitors will learn more about individual paintings with a sound track of comments from Club Members who have copied originals.
The free Patchings App also enables visitors to see and hear augmented reality versions of master artists.
Rembrandt, Turner, Monet and Van Gogh come to life in their own gazebo studios, against sunlit glass backdrops featuring some of their greatest works.
Welcoming visitors to the Artists’ Trail is the augmented reality version of Richard Parkes Bonington, the influential landscape painter who was born in Arnold, just few miles from Patchings, and died aged 25 in 1828.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester with Liz and Chas Wood of Patchings
All visitors are asked to register for an admission ticket at the Patchings Reception in the visitor centre, before entering the Artists’ Trail.
*Entrance is free this autumn, as a taster of the full experience which will open in spring 2022, and a free handout provides further information.
Opening times are 11.00 am to 3.30pm with last entry at 2.30pm.
*Donations towards the upkeep and development will be appreciated.