Visit Bath has launched its Independent Bath campaign which aims
to highlight the diverse range of independent businesses in the city.
Craig Jenkins, executive chairman
for Visit Bath, said: “One of Bath’s pulls is that it offers unique shopping,
dining and accommodation experiences. From one-off boutiques, quirky cafés,
bars and restaurants, to jewellers, artists, museums, galleries, markets and
festivals, Bath has something for everyone to enjoy and the team at Visit Bath
want to shine a light on this specifically during the months of April and May.”
To mark the launch Visit Bath
held an event in local art gallery 44AD artspace, with food and drink provided by independents Comptoir+Cuisine and Beckford
Bottle Shop, and unveiled a piece
of artwork created by local artist Jessica
Jessica Palmer was
commissioned to create a piece that reflected the independent spirit of the
city. Her creation is a fictional representation of individual artisans and makers.
She said: “This project was
the perfect opportunity for me to combine design, painting and a touch of
collage. The brief asked for a colourful, vibrant image which would spark
interest in Bath’s Independents. I found a reclaimed Victorian door, and
Batheaston-based framers Lark Designs framed and built a stand for the piece.
The finished artwork features glass blowing, cocktail mixing, cheese making,
bookselling and much more, with decoupaged references to traditional crafts and
the history of Bath.”
The artwork will go on tour
in some of the independent shops in Bath during the campaign so that residents
and visitors can take a closer look. Visit Bath plans to sell the artwork at
the end of May, with proceeds going to local independent charity We Get It.
Anyone wishing to express an interest in purchasing the artwork should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Independent Bath at visitbath/independent.
Pictured above: Artist Jessica Palmer and guests at the Independent Bath launch