The annual Emsworth Arts Trail is set to scale new creative heights this year thanks to a record-breaking number of artists and groups taking part. Venues throughout the town will see a total of 107 participants exhibit during the last weekend in April and first in May.
“The Emsworth Arts Trail has certainly put the town on the map as a destination for art,” said Carol Price, the event’s chairman. “Now in our 19thyear, we have seen visitor numbers grow year on year and art lovers arriving from far and wide.”
So much so, last year’s event saw more than 87,000 visits recorded over the five days at 99 venues – an impressive increase from the 8,000 who went to 26 venues when records began in 2012.
“We like to think of ourselves as a community of artists, with new exhibitors always welcome, sowe are delighted to have 26 talented new artists join us,” added Carol.“It means there is always something new to surprise and fascinate – from both the new and established participants.”
Since the trail began in 2001, with just a handful of artists exhibiting in their home studios, the event has grown to include many local businesses and community venues. Artists and makers exhibit their work in local shops, halls, pubs, sailing clubs, home studios and pop up galleries; resulting in a creative and colourful voyage of discovery.
With the majority of venues located within a mile of the town centre, visitors often make a family day out of it by walking or cycling along the trail. Plus, with such a wide variety of work on show, there is something to interest everyone from painters, printmakers, photographers, textile artists, wood carvers and ceramicists to jewellers and sculptors.