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Promoting the Chichester Art Trail

We promote the Trail and support our artists by advertising in the Press, local magazines, via Social Media platforms, keeping the website active and providing signs, posters, flyers and Trail Guides. Your efforts to market your Venue, your work and the Trail, to friends, fans, family and other interested parties, are greatly appreciated and will serve to increase visitor numbers and all artists’ enjoyment of the Trail experience.

The information below is appropriate to the 2020 Trail. Resources are updated in February/March each year, in good time for the Trail in May.

Art Trail Publicity

Information in a nut shell

Chichester Open Studios Art Trail 2020

The 2020 Open Studios Art Trail sees 177 artists exhibiting a wide range of work across 147 Venues in and around the City of Chichester during the first two weekends in May

Saturday & Sunday
May 2nd, 3rd

Bank Holiday Friday, Saturday, Sunday
May 8th, 9th, 10th

Venues are open from 10.30 am – 5pm each day

Peninsula, Regis, City, Downs & Harbour Trails
Visitors can explore one Trail at a time, or hop around Venues as they choose; this is the opportunity to enjoy the art and hospitality of our talented local artists for 5 days in May

Preview Exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery
A taster, showing work by each artist, to help visitors choose which Venues to visit and plan their Trail
Tuesday 21st – Sunday 26th April

Trail Guides are available from the Oxmarket, Novium, Chichester Library and other central locations from April. Each artist will have some Guides at their Venue during the Trail.

Visit for more information about the Art Trail

You can download the information in this format; please see the DIGITAL PUBLICITY RESOURCES below

Art Trail Publicity

Digital publicity resources

These resources can be used for posts on Social Media or to email to your contacts.

The poster contains all the essential information in one image.

Square format versions are provided for Instagram posts.

Art Trail Publicity

Printed publicity resources

Ready for you on Collection Day at Courtyard Studios in Chilgrove on Saturday April 4th – more information in the Diary Dates

The Trail Guide is our key tool. We supply main outlets and our advertisers such as The Oxmarket, The Novium, Pallant House Gallery, Weald & Downland Museum and West Dean.

Distributing Trail Guides in your area
This year’s 177 artists are, in themselves, a great resource when it comes to spreading the Trail Guides far and wide! We would like each artist to distribute at least 30 of these and we hope you will take more.

Your knowledge of the marketing possibilities of your own area is invaluable. Please be imaginative in thinking of places you feel will be frequented by potential Trail visitors, leave some Guides and pop back now and then to see if top ups are needed.

Chichester library will send some Guides to other libraries in the area, but do pop in to your locals and see whether they could do with a top up.

Some other ideas for publicity in your own area: B&Bs, Hotels, Pubs, cafés, restaurants, local shops, Holiday Camps, Caravan Sites, Yacht Clubs, Village Halls, galleries…you’ll know where’s best!

If your location is suitable, and weather permits, leave a small box of Trail Guides by your gate.

It is helpful to keep a small supply of Trail Guides in your studio during the Trail as people may drop in out of curiosity and will be pleased to have a copy.

A5 flyers/posters with the important details of the Trail and the Preview Exhibition can be posted through doors and act as a call to action and reminder.

A4, A3 and a few A2 posters to pin up in prominent places.

You will, of course, have your bright green Chichester Art Trail signs to direct visitors to your Venue during the Trail weekends.

Art Trail Publicity

Tips for marketing yourself and your work

Our Artist Resource series, on the website, is an offering of ideas to assist with your own publicity and the promotion of your work. Visit Artist Resources for thoughts about Online Marketing, Framing, Printing and Website Design.

The Blog has some interesting things too.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

If you have any queries, contact

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