Artist Registration

Join the trail as an artist

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Information for artists

Entry for the May 2019 Trail is now closed.

If you are interested in joining the 2020 Chichester Open Studios Art Trail, we would love to hear from you. Online registration is from the 1st - 30th November 2019. Here is the entry procedure and the ethos behind the event.

And...perhaps see you out and about as a Trail visitor this year!

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Becoming an Open Studios Artist

The philosophy of Chichester Open Studios Art Trail is to give an insight into the creation of art by the opening of studio doors to interested members of the public.

For many Trail Goers, this is the major attraction of our particular Art Trail; the environment in which work is created, the tools, the process of making, and work in progress are all revealed and add depth to the artwork on show. This generosity is a well received privilege for visitors and a rewarding experience for artists.

For some artists, the Art Trail is an opportunity to sell work. For others, the pleasure is in welcoming, inspiring and talking to visitors, which adds fuel to their own practice and makes valuable connections.

All in all, many successful Trail years are evidence that Chichester Open Studios Art Trail is a tried and true vehicle for bringing the work and practice of Trail artists before the eyes of an inspired, as well as purchasing, public.

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Raising awareness of local artists

If you are unable to open your place of work, you may still take part in a venue such as a hall or marquee. As well as your artwork, a flavour of your working environment is still to be presented. An aspect of work being undertaken, a selection of tools and equipment, some working drawings or sketchbooks, can be used to convey the creative practice behind your art.

We would like to maintain this ‘accessibility’ for the public and thus provide a rich and varied audience for you, the artist.

Registration is in November, via the website, for the Art Trail in the following May. You can sign up to receive the Artists’ Newsletter if you would like to be sent the Call for Artists in October.

How to join

Guidance notes for artists

1. Registration

An online Registration Form will be available on the website from November 1st – 30th. No entries can be accepted after registration has closed.

Artists new to the Trail must register one week in advance of the deadline so that any problems can be addressed in good time.

Once you are registered, you will receive regular email Newsletters with support and information about the Trail timeline, what needs to be done, what is happening and when.

2. Who can take part ?

The Chichester Open Studios Art Trail is open to all artists and makers resident in the Chichester area or those who have their full-time art studio in the area.

The Chichester area for this purpose refers to the extent of the of the current Trail. Any studios outside this area would need approval by the committee.

3. Dates to be available and commitment required

The Trail dates are the first two weekends in May
Studios are open from 10.30am – 5.30pm and the artist is present during the opening hours.

Preview Exhibition in the Oxmarket
Runs from a Tuesday to Saturday towards the end of April.
The Launch Party will be on the Tuesday evening.
On the previous Monday (hanging day) and the final Sunday, artists will be required to drop off and collect their exhibition piece.

Collection Day
A day will be set aside at the beginning of April for artists to collect their Venue signs and supplies. This will also be a social event for artists.

4. What type of work can I exhibit?

Only your own original work, or fine art prints of your work, may be exhibited on the Trail.

5. Premises

While it is preferred that artists open their own studio, workplace or home for the Trail, it is evident that not all artists have a venue suitable to invite hundreds of visitors. In this situation eligible artists may join together in a studio, or hire a suitable venue within the Trail area.

6. Sharing

A maximum of 2 artists may share a venue. This preserves the working studio atmosphere and ethos of Chichester Open Studios Art Trail and also supports the artists who choose to open their studios alone.

The above does not apply to venues which are studio complexes, where an artist has a regular studio space. In the case of a studio complex, all artists working at the site must register for the Trail.

Each artist is required to register individually, under their own name.

Galleries or art spaces promoting the work of other artists at the same time as the Trail, cannot participate.

Artists, for a variety of different reasons, may benefit from inviting another artist to share their venue. An artist wishing to share, or offer a place for another artist in their studio, should contact us with their details and we will attempt to match you up.

7. Cost

The fee for joining this year is £95 per artist.

  • Each artist has an entry in the Art Trail Guide; 20,000 of these are made available to artists for distribution.
  • Each artist also has a webpage with 3 images, an artist’s statement, description of work, location and directions to their studio.
  • The fee includes all advertising and Art Trail direction signs to each artist’s studio.
  • There are social media sites, a blog, website features and regular newsletters to artists. Artists may send information to add to the online marketing.
  • An exhibition of work by each Trail artist, is held at the Oxmarket Gallery. This serves as a taster for visitors in the run up to the Trail, and also as a gathering for participating artists.

Please note: An additional fee will be charged to process subsequent alterations to registration details after the deadline. Registration fees are non refundable. We cannot refund this fee for any reason – it covers the administrative cost of processing your registration and contributes towards costs of organising the event.

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