Chichester Art Trail 2021

Our Summer Trail is now over


2022 dates to be confirmed. If you are an artist wishing to take part, click on JOIN US for more information
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Chichester Open Studios Art Trail

We are in the wonderful position of being able to offer visitors a SUMMER ART TRAIL in 2021 to celebrate and share our creativity.

The NOVIUM will carry our main stock of free Trail Guides - as will the ART TRAIL HUB. You will also find them in some shops and cafes, and each Venue will have a supply during the Trail.

Pick up your Guide and revel in the art that has been made during this past extraordinary year. It may have emerged, hard won, from difficult times or from a creative spark that has been a life-line to its creator. One thing is certain, we have all missed the opportunity to share everything we have made in isolation and so your visits to our workplaces this year, are all the more welcome!

Each Venue will have measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors and artists, in compliance with both government Covid regulations at the time and with NHS Test and Trace.

What is Chichester Open Studios Art Trail?

Peninsula, Regis, City, Downs, Harbour & Online 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 4 days in July.

In the Online Trail you can see the art of those artists who are unable to open their Venues this year. They are included in the Trail Guide and on the website and will be pleased to hear from you to arrange a visit at a future date.

  • 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. 

Everyone is welcome and admission to all Venues is free.

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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 is now available to pick up from the Novium and the Art Trail Hub. 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 is now available for you to download.

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.
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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.

Download the Trail Guide 2021

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.
  • You’ll be sure to find inspiration or even the nudge that starts you on your own creative adventures!
  • To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, visitors are required to adhere to the current Covid-19 government regulations displayed at Art Trail Venues this year.

Everyone is welcome and admission to all Venues is free.

Browse the Trail

The Art Trail Hub - learn about our artists

The Art Trail Hub is open from June 19th 2021 and is one of the places to collect your free Trail Guide.

We have had a Show of Work by Trail artists – a taste of the art to be seen in the making when visiting artists’ Venues during the Trail. It’s the way to find out about our artists, choose who to visit and plan a route for the two Trail weekends.

Artwork is for sale, both in the Show and when you visit artists opening their Venues as part of the Trail.

Please note, the SHOW of WORK is NOW OVER.

Art Trail Hub
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