Chichester Art Trail 2021

The 2021 Trail is scheduled for the first 2 weekends in May Sat, Sun, Mon, May 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Sat, Sun, May 8th, 9th

If you are an artist wishing to take part next year, click on JOIN US / Artist Registration - you can REGISTER NOW until November 30th 2020

Download 2020 Trail Guide Photography by Ellen Hancock
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Chichester Open Studios Art Trail

It is impossible to predict, at this early stage, whether the Trail can go ahead in May 2021. But rest assured, all preparations will be put in place!

There is a sense that artists are raring to go, and have large quantities of stored up art ready to share with eager visitors…so fingers crossed for the long awaited Art Trail 2021.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN until November 30th. See our plans for 2021 and find the registration form - JOIN US / Artist Registration

Tom Boulton

Printmaking and Prints

What is Chichester Open Studios Art Trail?

Peninsula, Regis, City, Downs and Harbour Trails. Explore one Trail at a time, or hop around the Venues as you choose; our aim is to offer you the chance to enjoy the art and hospitality of our talented local artists for 5 days in May.

  • For the visitor, the Art Trail gives the annual occasion to plan days out to see all kinds of art in the making, talk to admired artists and to view and purchase original artwork. 
  • For the artist, it is a well established framework of organisation and publicity that promotes and supports those who live and work in Chichester and surrounding areas. The Art Trail is an unparalleled opportunity to present work to an enthusiastic public in the inspiring context of the creative environment. 
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Karen Saunders

Jewellery

Planning your own Trail

To help keep you informed about the artists exhibiting their work, and the locations of their studios, there are a number of resources available.

  • The Trail Guide which you will be able to pick up from the Oxmarket, the Novium, Chichester Library or in many other locations in Chichester from the end of March onwards. Its maps show Venue locations, giving you directions, so you can choose which artists to visit and plan your route. Each artist has a profile in the Guide, with an image and a brief description of the artwork you will find at the Venue.
  • The Digital Trail Guide You will be able to download this from the website (the 2020 Digital Guide is currently available to browse through).

At the end of the Guide you have a map of the whole Trail, with a list of Artists by Venue. If you wish to view specific artists, you can look them up in the Alphabetical List of Artists at the front. Or, if you prefer particular sorts of art, there is an index of Artists by Category.

  • Do some research here on the website. Every artist has a web page with examples of their work and an insight into their background and inspiration. Artists are listed alphabetically or by sector, and Venues are grouped according to category of work. You will find information about Chichester Open Studios Art Trail as a whole, adding a wider perspective to the art and practice of its participants.

Malcolm Macdonald

Ceramics

Making art accessible to all

The website is busy all year round, so you will always find information about our artists here.

The different styles and media are so interesting. The friendliness of the artists and the time they gave their visitors was lovely; their enthusiasm and skills amazing!

I love doing the Art Trail; it offers an opportunity to see old customers, meet new ones and make useful contacts. In a solitary occupation, it is a way to share my work and time with people.

Leo Stevenson

Painting

What is an Open Studio?

An Open Studios Trail is an experience in itself. It offers the exciting invitation to see artists’ work in the context of its creation. 

  • Art will be the focus; the walls and surfaces are buzzing with the creative dialogue that connects tools, materials and the details of making.
  • The artist will be present to talk to you; visitors love to gain an insight into an artist’s working practice, adding the associations that bring the work to life.
  • With work as varied and individual as each creator, there will be something to suit every taste and you will have opportunity to acquire original works of art.
  • There will be plenty of time to browse. There may also be demonstrations, a chance to have a go yourself and gather information about artists’ events or courses.
  • Some Venues will offer a cuppa and cake to add to the enjoyment of your experience.
  • You’ll be sure to find inspiration or even the nudge that starts you on your own creative adventures!

Everyone is welcome and admission to all Venues is free.

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