The 2019 Art Trail was a huge success. A big THANK YOU to Artists, Venue Holders and everyone who visited our Art Trail. We hope you enjoyed it and we’ll be planning the 2020 trail very soon.
This year there will be more to see than ever with work from over 70 local artists on show across a record 23 venues. At least twenty of the exhibitors are new to the Steyning Art Trail. So there will be plenty of fresh, original artwork to enjoy from a diverse range of artistic disciplines. As well as work from talented painters, print makers, ceramicists, jewellery makers and photographers, we’ll have mosaics, garden sculpture, and delightful creations in felt, silver, woven fabric, embroidery and hand cut paper.
The Art Trail brochure and map are now available to download. And keep an eye out on our Facebook page for a sneak preview of what’s coming up. From May 2nd we’re starting a social media countdown, highlighting a different venue each day in the run up to the launch.
Appreciating the Art Trail – some top tips
With all that talent on show, and so many venues to see, getting the most out of the Art Trail can be quite a challenge. Here’s some suggestions on how to optimise your Art Trail experience.
Start out at the Museum
Once again Steyning Museum will be acting as our ‘Trail Hub’. There will be brochures with trail maps available and samples of work from each of the venues to peruse. The Museum is open every day, but bear in mind that it’s closed on Thursday and Sunday mornings.
Plot your route
To save on shoe leather, you can divide up the trail into a series of loops where you can take in a cluster of venues in one circuit. The Charlton Street and Newham Lane loop has much to offer this year with a new venue in Godstall Lane, and a special exhibition by the So and Sews creative textile group at Newham Lodge. Another loop down Tanyard Lane past the Church and round to Kingstone Avenue will pick up on four interesting venues.
Spread your net
Don’t miss out on the wonderful venues that are slightly out of town. The newly reopened Frankland Arms in Washington is showing work this year, as is the Stable Studio at Hammes Farm. Calcot Farmhouse, on the Ashurst Road, is also a real gem, with beautiful woodland walks to complement the paintings on show (note this is only open the first weekend). And it’s always worth a trip to Beeding, where three venues will be open, including the Village Hall, where Steyning Camera Club have a special exhibition on the second weekend of the trail.
With so much to see, art trail exhaustion can easily set in. Fortunately, there will be sustenance on offer along the way with refreshments and homemade cakes for sale at eight of the venues, and the chance to sit and enjoy them in some lovely hidden gardens.
The truth is you can’t go too far wrong. Wandering around town and seeing what you stumble across is also a pretty good strategy. Whether you’re a connoisseur looking to add to your collection, or an amateur out for an agreeable walk, the Art Trail has much to offer. If buying a piece of art is a bit of a stretch, picking up a few of the beautiful cards on sale will help support our local artists and show your appreciation.
So mark your calendars. And if you’d like to support our work, now’s a good time to become a Friend of Steyning Arts. It costs £15 a year. There’s some nice perks – you’ll get an invite to the Art Trail launch party on Friday 24th May and can come along to our ‘Meet the Artist’ evenings. You can sign up on the ‘Join Us’ page on the website.
Hope to see you on the trail!
Note on Sponsors
A special thanks to Nick Hempleman at Sussex Produce for help with transporting our display boards, and to Melvin Bryant at Wests Printers.