The Arundel Gallery Trail, now in its 25th year, involves over 60 venues and 100 local, national and international artists exhibiting innovative, unique and creative work. These include established and emerging painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellers, furniture makers, textile artists, illustrators, 3D creators, weavers and many more.
Regarded a main element of the annual Arundel Festival, The Gallery Trail venues, most within the historic old town centre, provide the chance to see some beautiful houses and gardens, not normally open to the public. In addition the venues, which are all free to enter, provide the opportunity browse venues in between other music or drama events going on. Most, if not all, of the work on view will be for sale.
There is something for the serious art collector as well as those just looking for something to match the sofa. It is also a great opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work in the houses, gardens, shops and venues of Arundel.
The Derek Davis Prize will again be awarded this year to the artist nominated by the visitors to the Arundel Gallery Trail. Derek Davis was an international renowned artist based in Arundel since 1950, who was one of the original founders of the Trail with Oliver Hawkins, Ann Sutton and Renee Bodimeade.
All venues are open from 2.00pm to 5.30 pm weekdays & midday to 5.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, for the whole ten day period of the Festival from 17-26 August (ending on the August Bank Holiday Monday).
There are several artists who have taken part since the start of the Trail: Andy Waite (painting), Susie Jenkins (Photography) and Oliver Hawkins (sculpture); visitors like to see their new work each year to see how it has developed over the years.
Artists, returning to the Trail after a few years absence, include Veronique Maria, whose paintings and ceramics have been shown throughout the UK, including Pallant House Gallery. Here work based on the landscape now includes film as well as paintings; and Kitty Shepherd, whose graphically illustrated ceramics have delighted clients since she was artist in residence at Amberley Working Museum 15 years ago.
Groups taking part include The Downland Art Society, Arundel Art Society, Offenders from Ford Open Prison and Sussex Sculptors.
Historic houses taking part include the Georgian Chepynge House and Victorian Old Market House on Maltravers Street (formerly Chepynge Street or Old Chipping); The Duff Gallery on Tarrant Street, the former studio of the late Derek Davis, a joint-founder of the Gallery Trail and well known local artist, now showing the work of his son; and Old Bank House formerly the home of Henty’s Bank, which was taken over by Lloyds Bank and whose horse logo/symbol was also adopted by Lloyds Bank.
Points of interest in 2013:
- This year the newly completed Arundel Museum and Heritage Centre will take part in their first Festival and Gallery Trail with an exhibition by Arundel Art Society.
- Conversely, Arundel Museum will present a selection of photographs from Arundel’s past in Grounds Coffee House on the High Street, collated by Mark Philips and others.
- Ford Prison Offenders will take part again after a ten year absence from the Gallery Trail at Arundel Library on School Lane
- Squibbly Biskit on Tarrant Street will present a children’s art exhibition from local schools, which will include the winners of their 2013 Art Competition.
Most venues are in the Town Centre (bounded by High St, Tarrant St, London Road) others include The Old Brewery building, Fitzalan Road (paintings/ceramics/decoupage)
; Atherington Lodge, Climping (paintings/sculpture); Arundel Cathedral & St Nicholas Church; & Swanbourne Lodge (paintings).
- Finally, we are very pleased to have worked with Arundel Brewery for the first time this year. They asked Gallery Trail artists to submit artwork for a beermat design competition. The winning three designs will be printed on a number of beermats to be distributed to local pubs in July promoting both the Festival and Gallery Trail. There will be just 1000 printed of each design, and some may become collectibles!
For further information please visit the Arundel Gallery Trail website.
Published 15th July 2013
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