Art Trails

Art Trails in Sussex

For the past two Sundays, I have taken myself off to Brighton to visit some of the artists open houses.

There was such a variation of work to see and most importantly there was a real sense of community and support. So many of the Brighton open houses had multiple artists sharing the space, many holding workshops and talks.

Some of my personal favorites where The House of Pop, Patsy McArthur, Ruth Mulvie, over in the beautiful Brighton City Airport and Sarah Arnett at The Little Picture Palace.

Brighton Artists

One of the things about moving back to the UK was to feel more connected and meet with other artists. I have been blown away by the support, whether it is sharing techniques, materials or just the endless hours spent talking about art.

Within Chichester, there feels a growing buzz around the arts in general and a need for all the various groups to come together to support each other.

Art Trail pieces

The art community thrives on mutual support, fostering a unique environment where artists and art enthusiasts can grow, collaborate, and inspire one another.

This supportive network is vital for several reasons. First, it provides a sense of belonging and camaraderie among artists who often work in isolation.

By engaging with a community, artists can share their experiences, challenges, and successes, thus reducing the feeling of isolation and promoting mental well-being. Moreover, the exchange of ideas within the community stimulates creativity and innovation.

Gaining new perspectives

Artists can gain new perspectives and insights from their peers, which can enhance their own work and lead to collaborative projects that blend different styles and concepts. This exchange is facilitated through various means such as workshops, exhibitions, and social gatherings where artists can interact and learn from each other.

The art community also plays a crucial role in professional development. Mentorship programs, where experienced artists guide emerging talents, help in skill development and career advancement.

These relationships provide invaluable advice on navigating the art world, from technical skills to marketing and exhibiting artwork.

Furthermore, community-driven events like art fairs and local exhibitions offer artists platforms to showcase their work, gain exposure, and connect with potential buyers and collectors. This exposure is often difficult to achieve individually, highlighting the importance of community support in reaching wider audiences.

Support within the art community extends beyond practical and economic aspects; it also encompasses emotional and moral support. Artists often face rejection and criticism, which can be discouraging.

A supportive community offers encouragement and constructive feedback, helping artists to persevere and continue their creative journey. This emotional support is crucial in sustaining the passion and resilience needed to pursue an artistic career.

This is one of the main reasons that I enjoy the various art trails and open studios, to show support.

This weekend sees the start of the Chichester art trail. I am on babysitting duties so my 11 year old nephew and I have mapped out the studios we are off to visit.

It was a harder a trail to navigate as we found ourselves spending more time in the car than art studios, but we did get to meet some lovely people, see some great work and support our art community.

To summarise…

In summary, the support within the art community is multifaceted and essential for the growth and sustainability of the arts. It provides artists with the resources, networks, and encouragement needed to thrive.

By fostering a collaborative and nurturing environment, the art community not only enhances individual artistic endeavors but also enriches the cultural fabric of society.

The collective strength of the community advocates for the importance of art, ensures economic viability for artists, and promotes a culture of creativity and innovation.

Through mutual support, the art community creates a dynamic and inclusive space where art can flourish and have a lasting impact on both individuals and the broader community.


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