Independent Bath campaign launched

By Gill Harris on 12 April, 2019

 

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 Palmer.

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 vicki.cheadle@visitbath.co.uk.

Find out more about Independent Bath at visitbath/independent.

Pictured above: Artist Jessica Palmer and guests at the Independent Bath launch