The amazing Chichester Art Trail
Chichester Open Studios Art Trail is an unparalleled opportunity for artists to present their artwork in the inspiring context of their working environment, to large numbers of interested and purchasing visitors. This now traditional event is held during the first 2 weekends in May.
The widespread artists are divided into the City, Downs, Harbour, Peninsula and RegisTrails. Visitors can explore one Trail at a time, or hop around Venues as they choose; this is the chance to enjoy the art and hospitality of talented local artists.
Each artist has a sample of work in the Art Trail Preview Exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery, held in the 3rd week in April; a taster to help visitors choose which venues to visit.
The Trail Guide, with its maps showing Venue locations, directions, and a profile of each artist, helps visitors to plan their own route. Guides are available from the Oxmarket and other central locations, from late March.
Chichester’s Open StudiosTrail is an experience in itself. Visitors love to gain an insight into an artist’s working practice and making the associations that bring the work to life. With work as varied and individual as each creator, there is something to suit every taste and visitors will have the opportunity to acquire original works of art. There may be demonstrations, a chance to have a go, or information about artists’ events or courses.Some Venues offer a cuppa and cake to add to the enjoyment of your experience. Everyone is welcome and admission to all Venues is free.
An artist says: The Art Trail is an essential event for me in the year, providing a focus to work to. A format that allows local artists to meet informally with interested people, works for me.
A visitor says: To be invited into an artist’s workplace feels like a rare treat; an enriching experience that adds meaning and accessibility to the work.