This year’s Emsworth Arts Trail is set to be just as varied and exciting as ever. With 99 Artists taking part in venues throughout the town, it promises to be two weekends full of a diverse and interesting range of art.
“The Emsworth Arts Trail has certainly put the town on the map as a destination for art,” said Carol Price, the event’s chairman. “Over the last 19 years we have seen visitor numbers grow and grow, with art lovers arriving from far and wide.”
Last year’s event saw 99,000 individual visits recorded over the two weekends, an impressive increase since the trail began in 2001, with just a handful of artists exhibiting in their home studios.
“We like to think of ourselves as a community of artists, with new exhibitors always welcome. We have a few new artists joining us this year”, added Carol.“There is always something to surprise and fascinate – from both the new and the established participants.”
The Trail includes many local businesses and community venues; Artists and makers exhibit their work in shops, halls, pubs, sailing clubs, home studios and pop up galleries. The result is a creative and colourful journey around Emsworth; it really is a vibrant, community-wide event!
As well as the art venues, visitors can explore the picturesque harbour, the shops and of course enjoy refreshments in one of Emsworth’s many coffee shops, pubs and restaurants.
With the majority of venues located within a mile of the town centre, visitors often make a family day out of it by walking, cycling or scooting along the trail. The printed trail guide can be picked up in shops around Emsworth or in the library and includes a map so you can plan your visit. There is a wide variety of work on show – painting, printmaking, photography, textile art, wood carving, ceramics, jewellery, glasswork, sculpture and new for this year, a blacksmith! There is something to interest everyone.
The Emsworth Arts Trail takes place on 25-26 April and 2-3 May 2020.
To preview all the artists taking part, and plan your visit, see emsworthartstrail.org.uk