Ford and Etal Estate


Sat 30 April till Mon 2 May

10.30am till 4pm (some venues may vary)

Fighting Stags by Fibre Artist Anna Turnbull

The Art Trail runs over three days at Ford and Etal in Northumberland. There'll be art fairs, exhibitions and workshops taking place along the route.

 The event marks the launch of the Louisa Waterford Prize, celebrating the legacy of Pre-Raphaelite artist and illustrator Lady Louisa Waterford, who lived at Ford Castle from the mid-1800's until her death.

 Her creativity and philanthropic work helped improve the lives of many people and is still making an impact today.

The exhibition, New Beginnings - A Dialogue with Nature, features the work of over 25 artists and makers. 

Scroll down to see some of the artists taking part in this year's Trail.

follow the trail....


Ford Village

Sat  April 30 - Mon May 2

10.30am - 4pm

Free Admission


Louisa Waterford Prize Exhibition  (click here to see finalists)

New Beginnings - A Dialogue With Nature

The Louisa Waterford Prize commemorates her legacy as an artist and philanthropist. Over 20 local artists and makers will be exhibiting and sharing their inspirational stories about their work. Visit the Louisa Waterford Prize page here to find out more and see the finalists and find out more about the judges.


A selection of artists and makers will be selling their original paintings, prints, hand-crafted textiles, jewellery and furniture at Lady Waterford Hall. This will run alongside the exhibition over all three days.



(open throughout the event)

Walk the natural labyrinth created by Jacqueline Kurio in the garden behind Lady Waterford Hall. 

Find out more about labyrinths and how they were of special interest to Lady Waterford.


See the vibrant murals created by Lady Waterford for the school she built in the mid 1800's. She spent 21 years painting the biblical scenes to help with the children's religious education. The school is now Lady Waterford Hall which also holds a permanent display of her original paintings and drawings, dating from her childhood.


The Grade II listed fountain at Ford is topped by a sculptural column and angel, designed in 1864 by leading architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Louisa Waterford commissioned it as a memorial to her late husband.

 (See below a painting by Louisa Waterford of a boy drinking from the fountain).



Sat  April 30 - Mon May 2

10.30am - 4pm

Free Admission

Arts' Fair

Local artists and makers will be showcasing their creations at Etal Village Hall over the three-day Trail. Click here to see who's joining us at Etal.

Award-winning local author Margaret Skea, who's based in the Scottish Borders, will also be at the event with a selection of her historical fictional novels. 


by artist and printmaker Mo Healy

Free Admission

Sat April 30 - Mon May 2


Artist Mo Healy, who founded Bamburgh Press, is exhibiting her hand-made art books and prints, as well as staging book-making demonstrations at the Village Hall. (Please note this event has been transferred from St Michael's church at Ford)

See more of Mo's work @bamburghpress on Instagram


Etal Village

Art Exhibition/Workshops

Pop along to see husband and wife artists Julie and Peter Blood, at their fabulous little gallery based in the old power station next to the river at Etal.

Julie specialises in animal portraiture and wildlife and Peter produces colourful abstracts and mixed media pieces.

Other attractions at Etal include the castle and museum,  riverside walks, Lavender Tearooms and steam train rides (runs between Heatherslaw Mill and Etal)

On a sloping hillside immediately outside the walls of Ford Castle stands the medieval parish church of St Michael and All Angels. The churchyard gives wonderful expansive views west to the Cheviot Hills and north to the River Tweed and the Scottish border. From the churchyard, you can easily spot the Flodden battlefield where the armies of Scotland and England met in a bloody conflict in September 1513. King James IV of Scotland was one of the casualties. Just four days before the battle King James had captured and burned Ford Castle. The church as we see it today is a result of a comprehensive 1853 restoration sponsored by Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford. The architect was John Dobson of Newcastle, who added a north aisle, widened the chancel arch, and raised the nave roof.


Situated near the entrance of St Michael and All Angels Church, Louisa Waterford's Grade II listed gravestone was created by her famous artist friends George and Mary Watts. 

George was a portraitist, sculptor, landscape painter and symbolist - considered by many to be one of the greatest Victorian artists.

Slade-trained Mary Watts, was a designer and became President of the Women's Guild of Arts in the late 1800's.

Other attractions include Ford Castle (not open to the public), the old Blacksmith's Forge and the Post Office tearooms.

The former forge with it's sculptural stone horseshoe doorway, now sells antiques and vintage books.


Ford and Etal


Exhibition and mini workshops

Sat April 30 - Mon May 2

10.30am - 4pm approx

Visit potter Keith Webster's studio at Heatherslaw Mill where you can see him at work, visit his shop and take part in his special trail workshops.


Heatherslaw Mill

Artist John Speight and his jewellery-making wife Lorna have their studio at Heatherslaw (opposite the Mill).

John has been creating papercut art since 1990.

Other attractions at Heatherslaw include the steam railway & ticket office,  Boes cafe, visitor centre, working mill and gift shop.


artists on the trail

see who's popping up where.

Michael Hunter Glass Artist Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition

Sam Folcarelli Artist Lady Waterford Hall & Exhibition

Alison Gargett Artist Lady Waterford Hall & Exhibition

Anna Turnbull Mixed Media Artist Etal Village Hall (all days)

Adele Gwynn Artist Lady Waterford Hall (exhibition)

Denise Playfair Artist Etal Village Hall (Sun & Mon)

Shankar Kashyap Artist Louisa Waterford Prize Exhibition

Anne James Ceramicist Etal Village Hall & Exhibition (all days)

Karen Griffiths Glass Artist Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition

Christine Cave Artist Etal Village Hall (all days)

Rob Elliot Furniture Designer Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition

Hannah Forsyth Artist/Sculptor Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition

Mo Healy Artist/Printmaker Exhibition & Etal Village Hall (all days)

Jill Campbell Artist Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition

Maggie Thomson Ceramicist Lady Waterford Hall (exhibition)

Yvonne Clarke Artist Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition

Sue Churchill Artist Lady Waterford Hall (exhibition)

Driftworks Tidal Art Fused Glass/Driftwood Etal Village Hall (Sat)

Deb Cooper Textile Artist Etal Village Hall (all days)

Lotty Thompson Artist Lady Waterford Hall (exhibtion)

Jeanie Adie Artist Etal Village Hall (all days)

Brian Patterson Artist Etal Village Hall (Sun)

Deryck Simpson Artist Lady Waterford Hall (exhibition)

Susan Oliver Quilling Artist Etal Village Hall (Sat)

Sarah Rivers Jewellery Designer Lady Waterford Hall & Exhibition

Albert Benson Artist Lady Waterford Hall (exhibition)

Alison Tutcher Milliner Etal Village Hall & Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition (all days)

Michael Toole Artist Etal Village Hall (Mon) & Exhibition

Diane Stewardson Jewellery Designer Etal Village Hall (all days)

Emma Boiston Textile Artist Lady Waterford Hall Exhibition

Margaret Woodliff-Wright Milliner Lady Waterford Hall (exhibition)

Trish Turnbull Jewellery Designer Etal Village Hall (Sun & Mon)

Madcap Gallery Etal

Amy Miller Artist Etal Village Hall (Sat)

Natasha Armstrong Artist Lady Waterford Hall (exhbition)

Sarah O'Dowd Artist Lady Waterford Hall (exhibition)

Ravnclay Pottery Heatherslaw Mill

John Speight Papercut Artist Heatherslaw Studio