ARTISTS, sculptors and photographers are opening up their homes for a nine-day art extravaganza.
Havant Borough Council is once again supporting an event that allows culture vultures to watch artists at work in their homes and studios and promotes the creativity which abounds in Havant, Hayling Island, Waterlooville and Emsworth.
The Nine Day Arts Trail attracts thousands of art lovers to Havant in a bid to discover new work and to learn more about different genres.
Now in its 10th year, the Arts Trail is also set to reveal some talent never seen before.
Sylvia Munday is exhibiting her work for the first time.
The 77-year-old, of Connaught Road, Havant, said: ’My husband died a year ago last December and we shared a study upstairs which is quite big. I’ve finally got round to sorting it out and it is perfect for hanging pictures.
‘My husband Leslie was always exceedingly supportive of everything I did. It is the first time I’ve done this and I think it is a wonderful idea.’
The Arts Trail opens on May 28 with an exhibition at The Spring arts and heritage centre, in East Street, Havant, entitled Grow Your Own, which highlights the ecological plight of the planet.
Kate Saunders, from The Spring, said: ‘Expect everything from the traditional to the strange and unusual. Look out for the Beach Hut trail on Hayling Island, and the Yarn Bombers in and around The Spring and the floating sculptures on Emsworth Mill Pond.
‘Emsworth Community Centre will be chock-a-block with art in every room from artists and groups from Emsworth.
‘Look out for the Emsworth Guides’ Recycled Me self-portraits made from food and rubbish.’
For the first time the prestigious Manor Trust Art Show will be part of the Arts Trail.
Each year scores of artists show their work in the Regency ballroom of the elderly residential home The Elms, in Lower Road, Old Bedhampton.
The show raises money for The Manor Trust, which was set up to preserve the area’s large homes and allow elderly residents to stay in the area.
The show is on May 28 and 29 from 2pm to 6pm and May 30 from 11am to 5pm with cream teas.
Some artists will be taking part for the entire nine days, while others will exhibit only over the two weekends.
For more information go to havant.gov.uk.
NINE DAYS ARTS TRAIL
THE Nine Days Arts Trail begins on May 28 at The Spring arts and heritage centre, East Street, Havant.
Artists in Havant will open their doors on May 28, 29 and 30, along with those in Hayling Island, Waterlooville and Leigh Park.
Artists from Emsworth will exhibit their work over the weekend of June 4 and 5.
Those taking part in the Arts Trail include established artists such as Carol Price, Pippa Blake and Charlotte Cornelius.
There will also be workshops by Heather Kruk and Pennie Brown. The film The Age of Stupid will also be shown.
A full brochure is available from The Spring.