We stumbled onto the most pleasant surprise over the bank holiday.  We had been in Harrogate for the day, the morning of the following day, we decided to pop in to see Saltaire, just outside Bradford.

For those who don’t know anything about Saltaire, it is a Victorian Model Village founded by Titus Salt in the mid 19th century.  He built the village to provide the workers, who worked in his mill, with better living standards than was offered in the slums of Bradford at the time.

Now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and of course a tourist destination, although people still live there.

Once a year, some of Saltaire residents open their homes to the public to display art from a variety of artists.  This year it was held from 14-15 May 2013.

We didn’t expect much, but to be honest we were overwhelmed at the variety, quality and unique artworks on sale.  We did of course buy one to bring home, but if our home were bigger … we would have returned with many more.

I was so impressed by some of the artists, I have decided to dedicate a few blog posts to them.  Please have a look at the brilliant works, all available to purchase from their websites.

For more information, you can:

 If you’re interested for next year, make a note of the dates:  24-26 May 2014.

For related information, also check out http://saltaireinspired.org.uk