Wylye Valley Art Trail receives Queen’s Award from royal representative

In this Coronation season, the team at behind the Wylye Valley Art Trail was thrilled to win the much-coveted Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, one of the last awards granted by Her Majesty before she died last September.

Nick Andrew, founder and coordinator of the Trail, was presented with the award on Friday by Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire.

The Trail, which is run entirely by volunteers, has brought art to this corner of Wiltshire for over 20 years and has become a real fixture in the artistic calendar of the county.

The Royal connection goes on: furniture maker, Matthew Burt, a veteran of the Wylye Valley Art Trail, has created an exquisite box that’s to be sent to the King as a Coronation gift.

Made of English burr elm with boxwood detailing, its Wiltshire sycamore interior is filled with artworks by artists taking part on the Trail – a gift truly fit for a king.

This year the Trail finishes on 8th May. During the event, a delicious lozenge of creativity has run from Westbury in the north to Donhead St Andrew in the south, and from Steeple Langford in the east to Gasper in the west, and has been chock-full of amazing art and artists.

It has featured everything from animal art what to attract, from furniture to sculpture, and from handmade jewellery to handmade textiles and ceramics.

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