May Days Arts Trail... what's that all about you say?
Quite simply the trail consists of art makers opening up their studios and homes for free to the general public. It's a chance to meet some fun and interesting artists, ask questions on how they do what they do and purchase a piece of art direct from the artist.
The trail has been going for over ten years and it's not a new idea. There are trails all over the UK at various times of the year. Hampshire Open studios takes place in August, Emsworth art trail will start soon (a great trail that is totally walkable) but we want to talk to you about Hayling Island and Waterlooville & Greater Havant
May 13 & 14 is Hayling islands kicks us off and involves over 30 exhibitors: many of whom have been part of the trail since the beginning and most are professions in their field.
May 20th & 21 Waterlooville, Havant and surrounding areas have 14 exhibitors who will be showing and selling their work - the furthest venue being at Stansted Garden centre where 5 artists will bed in for the weekend.
What can I expect to see on the trail? potters, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, glass wear, jewellery, felt makers, print makers and so much more. Nearly all the exhibitors take commissions, so it could be your chance to have a one-to-one with an artist/maker and have an original piece of work made for you.
Why not make a day of it? Explore our beautiful countryside, historic towns, admire our coast and gardens. Many venues will be offering home-made cakes and refreshments, so plan your visit using the maps in the brochure or on our website:
www.maydaysartstrail.co.uk or see our Facebook page maydaysartstrail
Look out for the pink arrows and colourful windsocks directing you to venues over the exhibition weekend. Free leaflets and brochures will be available from libraries, shops and various outlets across the area - Hobbycraft Havant will also be hosting a meet and greet in April, see their website for details.
We look forward to seeing past visitors and new visitors, children are most welcome and families are positively encouraged.