Posted 8 June 2012 by Andrew Gardner
June is the month when many parts of Sussex hold their annual Art Trails, or Open Studios. There's a wealth of talent in East and West Sussex from painters and sculptors to jewellery and textile designers, wood turners, furniture makers and much, much more, and each year many of them open their studios to visitors. Not only do you get to see some truly inspiring work in a relaxed, friendly environment – it's not like visiting a formal gallery – but the artist will usually be on hand to chat about their work, or about the art scene in general. Most of the work is for sale but although you may well end up buying a lovely keepsake of your visit, there's no pressure to buy.
The Adur Art Trail (now to 17 June) in West Sussex showcases the Adur Art Collective, based around Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Southwick. Most of the studios are open between approximately 10am-5pm at weekends, but some open during the week too – pick up their leaflet in local tourist outlets and libraries. There are workshops, talks and demos too, and if you're too late to book a place on one of those why not join in the One Big Drawing event. This will be a huge, collaborative mixed-media creation, anyone of any ability can take part for a small donation towards materials.
Burgess Hill Open Studios event takes place over this weekend and then the weekend of 16-17 June – while Horsham's art trail is on the weekends of 16-17 and 23-24 June. Our selection of holiday cottages across the Sussex Weald are ideal for both.
Many Sussex artists are also taking part in the wider-ranging South East Open Studios scheme that runs to the 17 June. We've just highlighted some of the June art trails, but other towns run theirs in other summer months – Brighton's trail in May is always popular, and Arundel gallery trail in August is always spectacular. So if you've never visited an open studio before, or seen an artist at work, do find time during your holiday to go along to one of these lovely events and see Sussex in a different light.