Artist Registration

Join the trail as an artist

Ready to become part of it?

Information for artists

If you're thinking of joining the next Chichester Open Studios Art Trail, we'd love to hear from you.
The following information covers the entry procedure, and the ethos behind the event.

Join us

Becoming an Open Studios Artist

The philosophy of the trail has been to give the public an insight into the creation of art through the opening of studio doors. For many people this is the major attraction – seeing the environment in which work is created, the tools and something of the process.

For some artists, the trail is an opportunity to sell work. For others, the joy is in welcoming, inspiring and talking to visitors; progressing their own practice and making connections.

If the artist is showing away from his place of work in a hall, hut or marquee then we need to offer a little of the flavour of the working environment either through some aspect of work being undertaken, a selection of tools or equipment or some working drawings or sketchbooks.

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

Registration for the 2018 Trail will be open from November 1st – 30th 2017.

How to join

Guidance notes for artists

1. Registration

An online Registration Form will be available between November 1st – 30th, 2017.

Artists new to the trail must register one week in advance of the deadline so that any problems can be sorted out early.

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 of this area would need approval by the committee.

3. What type of work can I exhibit?

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

4. 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 artists may join together in a studio or hire a suitable venue within the Trail area.

There is, however, a limit of 2 artists sharing a venue for the Trail. This does not apply to venues which are studio complexes where the artist has a regular studio space. In the case of the studio complex all artists working at the site must register for the Trail.

Galleries or art spaces promoting the work of other artists at the same time as the Trail will not be allowed.

5. Sharing

Artists, for a variety of different reasons may benefit from inviting another artist to share their venue.

Artists wishing to share or offering a place for another artist in their studio should contact us with their details and we will attempt to match you up.

6. 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 and newsletters to inform visitors and to which artists may contribute.
  • 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.

Also included in the fee is Third Party Public Liability Insurance for each venue.

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.