42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything according to Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Emulating the guide Worthing’s Art Trail is back this year with the perfect answer to everyone’s taste – 42 venues opening their doors to the art-loving public with 300 artists exhibiting.
Local residents, community groups and businesses are making final preparations towards opening their doors to the public, for three consecutive weekends in June, from 22nd onwards.
Exhibitors offer the chance to take a tour of the artwork by Worthing’s best artists and makers. Many artists are opening their own homes to the public, while other exhibitors are displaying their work in public spaces.
Combine a walk, cycle or drive around Worthing, with a glimpse into the lives and work of the town’s thriving artistic community.
This year for the first time, Worthing Art Trail (presented by Worthing Open Houses), has new look brochure.
Chairman, Mark Guthrie said: “We are really pleased with the brochure. The Art Trail continues to put Worthing on the cultural map and we feel that the brochure reflects this.
“Last year’s successes have been recognised by The Council and our other funding bodies, Community Central and Worthing Community Partnership and this has helped to support the event this year.
“We are pleased that our main sponsor, Winkworth, has continued their on-going support, enabling us to give the event a new look and the status it deserves. “
This year the trail has a really diverse range of artists exhibiting their work to the public. There are some real treats in store for participants, with many venues offering the chance to sit and chat with the artists themselves.
The acclaimed illustrator, Min Cooper, will be joining the trail for the second time this year, at venue 34, celebrating the beauty in everyday objects. The Worthing Art Trail Team is also delighted to host the work of David Freud, son of Lucian Freud, at The Bay, venue 18. David has now completed two very successful exhibitions in Oxford and has gained significant interest from the national press, the art markets and serious art collectors.
The exhibition from Northbrook College this year (venue 21), will feature an exciting mix of artwork by students attending Adult and Community Learning courses.
Northbrook said: “Students will be available at the show to talk about their work and learning experiences and tutors will be at the gallery to talk about the range of creative courses on offer from September.”
Over 500 local artists’ work can be seen at venue 37, as part of the Worthing Churches Homeless Project. The project’s aim, to dispel stereotypes connected with homelessness, is upheld through asking local artists to create a ‘portrait’ of one of the 534 people the charity has worked with in the past twelve months. These range between fine art portraits, cartoon sketches and digital media.
Mark Guthrie said: “The reason why Worthing Art Trail works is because it is inclusive. It’s a unique chance to see artwork from both professional and established artists and those just starting out. We are looking forward to the event and know that all the hard work in preparation, will be worth it.”
Worthing Art Trail takes place on June 22nd & 23rd, June 29th & 30th and July 6th and 7th. Most venues will be open from 11 to 5pm and entry into all venues is completely free but please check brochures or the website for specific details.
Brochures are available from St Pauls, Chapel Road, Green Cuisine, Rowlands Road and Winkworth, Chatsworth Road.
All listings and details are also available on the website worthingarttrail.com or find WAT on facebook.com/worthingopenhouses.