25 years old and still strong

Arundel Gallery Trail will once again be one of the highlights of the Arundel Festival.

Spokesman James Stewart said: “The Gallery Trail, now in its 25th year, continues to evolve and develop.

“In some ways it is the same each year with more than 60 venues and over 100 local, national and international artists exhibiting a wide range of innovative, unique and creative work.

“But the crucial difference each year is the artists themselves and the unique, imaginative and amazingly creativity they bring.

“These include established and emerging painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellers, furniture makers, textile artists, illustrators, 3D creators, weavers and many more.

“The Gallery Trail venues, most within the historic old town centre, provide visitors the chance to see some beautiful houses and gardens, not normally open to the public.

“In addition the venues, which are all free provide visitors the opportunity browse venues in between other music or drama events going on.

“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.”

James added: “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.

“With so many professional and gifted amateur artists resident locally, for the last fifty years or so it is no wonder that this open house art event keeps people returning year after year.

“All venues are open from 2pm to 5.30pm weekdays and midday to 5.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, for the whole ten day period of the Festival from August 17-26 (ending on the August Bank Holiday Monday).

Entry to all venues is free, and most if not all the work on view will be for sale.

“It is a great day out for the family, or if you are looking for some artwork to start or add to your collection direct from the artist.”