GALLERY: Chichester Art Trail in pictures

Artists around the Chichester area have thrown open their studio doors for an annual arts extravaganza.

Chichester Open Studios Art Trail 2013 ran across five days from Saturday, May 4, to Sunday, May 12.

C110827-2 JPOS Chi Glass  Photo Louise Adams''Prinsted copper glass artist Claudia Parker showing her work as part of the Chichester Art Trail.

C110827-2 JPOS Chi Glass Photo Louise Adams''Prinsted copper glass artist Claudia Parker showing her work as part of the Chichester Art Trail.

More than 140 artists and craftspeople welcomed the public into their studios, offering the chance to see them at work.

Speaking before the event organiser and one of the artists Sue Hofman said: “All around our beautiful area extending from the city out to Compton, Charlton, Eartham, Slindon, Lavant, West Dean, Yapton, Ford, Middleton-on-Sea, Hunston, Bracklesham, The Witterings, Birdham, Bosham, Southbourne and places in between, you have the opportunity to see artists displaying and creating their work.

“There will be painters, printmakers, potters, weavers, photographers, jewellers, sculptors, textile artists, stained-glass workers, all showing their work, and available to answer any questions you may have about their techniques, their inspiration and processes.

“This is always a hugely enjoyable event for both artists and visitors”, says Sue who stresses that it is not at all about selling. Much more important is simply welcoming and chatting.

“It’s not a pressured environment. It is all very inviting for people.”

Sue said she was delighted to welcome 43 new artists to the trail this year, all part of the trail’s constant renewal when artists move away or decide to miss a year.