As part of the Salisbury Art Trail, an artist and secondary school teacher has opened a shop to display her work in Old George Mall.

Samantha Redmill, an art teacher at Bishop Wordsworth’s School (BWS), has opened a pop-up shop in the former MenKind unit, just steps away from her ongoing mural project at Pepys Walk.

Salisbury Art Trail runs for two weeks until June 9, and 90 Salisbury artists will welcome the public into their homes, galleries and shops to showcase and sell their work.

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Artwork in the trail includes photography, painting, ceramics and sculpture.

Samantha is well known for her murals across the city centre, most recently painting the walls of Pepys walk in Old George Mall.

Salisbury Journal: Her shop is located at the former MenKind site

Her previous work includes painting inside Shah Jahan, and a mural outside the closed Debenhams shop in 2021 before it reopened as Bradbeers.

Samantha’s shop will be open for the duration of the art trail and showcases a huge range of her work, from city scenes to nature landscapes. She continues painting while the shop is open, with a canvas and paints at the ready.

She said: “It makes me emotional – it’s been lovely to just have all my work up.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the community and making a difference – I have a gift so why shouldn’t I share it?”

Salisbury Journal: Samantha Redmill continues to pain while her shop is open

As well as her own artwork, her shop has a colouring table and competition for children. She also sells artwork inspired by the Jurassic Coast created by students at BWS, with the money going towards the art department at the school.

As for the mural in Old George Mall, it’s an ongoing project which she hopes to finish in October 2024. 

Walls have been decorated with leaves and flowers in dazzling and vibrant colours - a novelty for those walking through Old George Mall.

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She added: “Responses from the public have been unbelievably good.

“I’ve not had any negative comments. It turns a dark, scary alleyway into something that’s not.”

She even gets her GCSE and A-level art students to help with painting the 11 walls in the walkway.

She added: “It’s good for them to see that art is something can be impactful to the community and other people.”

Samantha’s shop is open between 9am-5pm Monday - Saturday and 10am - 4pm on a Sunday until June 9. More information about Salisbury Art Trail can be found here.