A splash of colour awaits you as Emsworth comes alive as a hub for the creative arts this spring. Over 150 artists at 78 local venues will open their doors to art lovers throughout the town in the biggest Emsworth Arts Trail yet on 22, 23 April and 29, 30 April & 1 May 2017.
From home studios to community centre’s, businesses, halls, sailing clubs and churches, nearly all venues are located within a mile of Emsworth town centre. Either by walking or cycling, visitors can look forward to meeting artists and have a chance to purchase their work. A variety of mediums and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, furniture making, weaving, woodturning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art will be on display.
“Each year we attract exciting new artists and makers, offering something new to visitors, alongside many established names that have been part of the trail since its launch in 2001,” explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail. “Working alongside local business we know the Trail stimulates economic activity in the town and adds to an increasing sense of community, it’s also a great deal of fun for the artists as well as visitors”
Local businesses are invited to get involved too with over 35 companies around the town paired up with one or more artists to exhibit their work in an ‘Adopt and Artist’ scheme.
“We are delighted that so many shops, restaurants, churches, pubs and cafes across the town have offered their premises as temporary galleries so that visitors will be able to take advantage of all that Emsworth has to offer whilst enjoying the art on display. Nearly all of the venues are based near the centre of Emsworth so visitors will be able to follow the Art Trail map on foot or by bike to take in as many as they like,” explains Carol.
Organisers recommend parking outside the village or on the outskirts of the Trail and walking in, as parking in the town is often very busy over the two weekends. All public transport information can be found on the web and in the Trail Guide.
This year’s highlights:
Emsworth Community Centre will be hosting the Maurice Broomfield Schools Photography Competition alongside displays from 15 individual artists and groups that regularly use the centre. Another popular attraction next door is the Hole In The Wall pottery group’s Raku firing that takes place on the second weekend.
Just on the outskirts of Emsworth, Tuppenny Barn’s arts and crafts gallery presents six artists in its beautiful eco-build setting; while another group of six artists can be visited at The Brookfield Hotel, to the west of the town.
Look out for Artists on the Quay, a collective of Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club members that put on a show during the first weekend of the Trail raising money for their Wheelie Boat Charity.
Hewitt’s welcomes Art Invisible a group that guides, supports and promotes the talents of its artists, all who have learning disabilities.
And, of course don’t miss all the local artists who open up their studios and gardens to welcome visitors to their homes, definitely worth a visit for a chance to see their work and spend some time in their company.
The event runs over two weekends on 22– 23 April and 29, 30 April & 1 May 2017.
Visit the Emsworth Arts Trail’s new website for more information on each artist, opening times, access and an interactive trail map www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk
About Emsworth Arts Trail
Photo Caption: Emsworth Arts Trail organisers (from left to right): Barbara Jones, Stuart Watson, Carol Price (Chairman), Julie Turner, Marian Forster and Michael Bury.
Emsworth Arts Trail was first established in 2001 with just six artists opening up their studios to the public. Interest in the event and participation grew year on year and the Trail was adopted as part of the Havant Arts Trail from 2004 – 2011. In 2012 Emsworth decided to revert to an independent trail enabling it to engage directly with local businesses and community. It also enabled the number of artists taking part to flourish. This year, over 150 artists will display their work throughout the village during the course of two weekends on 22nd – 23rd April and 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2017.
Emsworth Arts Trail offers the chance to see and meet designers, painters and makers in their own homes and studios. Churches, community halls, pubs and shops also act as exhibition space to bring a blaze of creativity to every corner of the town.
An interactive website and Trail Guide are produced with a clear map and information about each of the artists taking part. The guide will lead visitors on a fascinating tour of paintings, ceramics, photography, jewellery, textiles, furniture and more throughout Emsworth.