about the ARUNDEL GALLERY TRAIL
At the end of August every year Arundel Gallery Trail offers the chance to explore this beautiful West Sussex town in a new way. Artists, makers, galleries, shops and homeowners throw open their doors, and let you inside their studios, houses and their creative thought processes. The Trail is a walkable, open house art event featuring 150+ artists and makers and it’s free to all visitors.
30 years old but as fresh and vital as it has ever been, the Trail was founded by a small group of artists to showcase their work in settings away from the traditional gallery space. The Trail now supports artists and professional crafts people at all stages of their careers and showcases individuals of national and international standing.
As well as free admission, a free printed guide with Trail map will be available from Venue # 1, The Victoria Institute on Tarrant Street and from many other venues. Numbered Flags will also guide you around the Trail. If there isn’t time to visit all your chosen artists please hold onto the guide to contact them at a later date. This website will also be available all year.
Saturday 17th August - Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019
Opening times: Weekdays 2.00-5.30pm
Weekends and Bank Holiday Monday 12.00-5.30pm
Image courtesy of Bill Philip
meet the ARTISTS & MAKERS
The Gallery Trail highlights artists’ unique work in their own curated spaces. These temporary ‘galleries’ are set within homes, studios, historic buildings and private gardens, and the artists are present with the work allowing you to gain unprecedented access to their practice. In these informal settings you will gain invaluable insights into both the practical side of artistic process and the emotional drive that moves an artist to bring into being their own singular vision.
Artists' audio interviews are available on this website, or during the Trail on the mobile phone app, to allow you the chance to hear artists talking about their work.
Image courtesy of Liz Shippam
original artworks to VIEW & BUY
Much of the work you will see is available to buy, providing you with the opportunity to acquire original artworks from the artist or maker.
It can be quite a leap of faith to go from admiring and appreciating an artist’s work to making a purchase. Some art lovers are impulsive and know immediately that they must have a certain artwork because it speaks to them in a deep and personal way. Others need time for a piece of work to fully sink in before they decide to commit.
The Gallery Trail allows you to experience and appreciate Arundel's uniquely rich seam of artistic talent in your own time. And whether you are simply browsing or come looking to buy, the Trail lets you make a direct connection to the artists whose creativity inspires you.
Image courtesy of Dail Behennah