Emsworth Arts Trail Springs into Colourful Life
This spring, the beautiful harbour town of Emsworth will burst into colourful life as local artists take part in the Emsworth Arts Trail. The trail is a hub of independent creativity, with a close-knit artistic community sharing their passion with visitors from far and wide. Take a stroll around the iconic millpond and venture around the picturesque town to discover art in settings from artist studios and homes to community spaces and gardens.
Visiting artists in their studios offers a unique insight into the way they work and an opportunity to chat about techniques and inspirations. Viewing art in a relaxed setting, you can expect demonstrations, the opportunity to see creative materials and in some cases even a chance to try your own hand.
As well as open studios and homes, many artists gather together for group exhibitions in community spaces and pop-up galleries, bringing colourful creativity to every corner of the town.
Started over 20 years ago with just a handful of artists, the trail has grown and established a reputation as an exciting day out for art lovers and casual visitors, enjoying a vibrant journey around Emsworth.
This year 90 artists will be taking part, including several that are new to the Emsworth Arts Trail. With artists working in a huge range of media – paint, print, textiles, sculpture, wood, jewellery, ceramics, photography and more, there will to be much to surprise and delight.
Carol Price, Chairperson of the Emsworth Arts Trail said:
“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to the trail again and with several new artists joining us it promises to be a really exciting and varied year. We are proud to showcase the work of local artists all within walking distance of the town centre, sharing their talent and creativity with visitors. Emsworth really is a fantastic destination for art.”
The Emsworth Arts Trail has the unique position of all venues being within a mile of the village centre, making it a compact and navigable day out. Many visitors choose to make a family day of it – walking, cycling or scooting around the trail guided by the maps in the trail guide. Parking is easy to find, and there are regular trains and buses. There is an array of cafes, restaurants and pubs for those all-important refreshment stops whether a leisurely lunch or a quick coffee.
As you travel between venues, explore the harbour and enjoy the scenery that inspires so many of the artistic community.
The Emsworth Arts Trail takes place across two weekends at the end of April:
22-23 and 29-30 April and 1 May.
Visit the website to find out more about the artists, and pick up a trail guide in shops throughout Emsworth from the beginning of April.
Photo above: Alex Poyner - Emsworth Millpond