Really pleased to write a post about Horsham’s Art Trail 2016, which I took part in. People flocked to the 13 venues in and around Horsham where local artists exhibited a wide variety of art and crafts. The Art Trail is a spotlight on the creative world of visual arts in West Sussex and it allows visitors an insight into the artists' working practices, through visiting artists in their studios and viewing finished work in exhibition spaces.
Over the course of the two weekends I had well over 100 visitors to the studio and made some great connections with people involved in the creative arts in the region. I even had a bit of fun doing an Alla Prima still life demonstration (pictured). In the day-to-day business of producing artworks I find it so easy to lose sight of the direction my work is going in. Displaying my recent work side-by-side was a really useful thing to do and it provided the impetus to get things framed, displayed and written about - which are chores I find all too tempting to put on the back-burner. The Horsham Art Trail is a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to local artists about their work and have an opportunity to purchase original and unique works of art. Excited about participating next year and seeing how my work has developed.
Ben Laughton Smith
Aspiring artist, training in the classical tradition.