A Hotbed Of Artistic Talent - The Directory Group

A hotbed of artistic talent

Local art lovers are in for a real treat as Emsworth Arts Trail returns bigger and better than ever on the weekends of 23rd and 24th April and 30th April – 2nd May.

More than 160 artists will exhibit in this year’s event. Designed as a walking trail, nearly all of these artists are located within a mile of the centre of town at 64 different venues.

Carol Price, chairman of the Emsworth Arts Trail, explained: “Emsworth is such a hotbed of artistic talent. We continue to welcome new artists and makers to join the trail.

“This year we have 16 new artists and eight new venues, making it the biggest trail yet.

“What’s unique about our trail is that it’s a walking trail; this enables visitors to really appreciate our picturesque coastal location while visiting all the different venues.  The trail also brings many additional visitors to the area, giving a real boost to local businesses.”

New artists this year include Charles Dedman, a talented young furniture maker and recent graduate from Chichester University.  Charles has been selected for the Craft Council’s Hothouse Scheme, and has had one of his designs selected by a leading retailer for production. 

Emsworth-printmaker Alex Poyner, a recent graduate from Winchester College of Art, will show a selection of her seascapes from her home studio by the foreshore.  And, papermaker Adrian Mundy brings art and gardening together in his Arts Council England (ACE) funded Grow An Exhibition project, Natural Imperfections on display at Tuppenny Barn during the trail. 

Now in its 15th year, Emsworth Arts Trail has something to interest everyone with painters, printmakers, photographers, furniture makers, weavers, wood carvers, ceramicists, jewellers and textile artists displaying their work in home studios, churches, community halls, pubs, sailing clubs and shops throughout the town. 

For more information and a copy of the trail guide, visit www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley