Pop to the pub to see some great work on the arts trail

ART Jez Partridge discusses his work with a member of the public at The Sussex Brewery pub in Emsworth, and inset, Millie and Daisy Cowpler with their cards
ART Jez Partridge discusses his work with a member of the public at The Sussex Brewery pub in Emsworth, and inset, Millie and Daisy Cowpler with their cards

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PUBS, museums, shops and gardens played host to more than 50 mini exhibitions of artists’ work.

The Emsworth Arts Trail got off to a great start last weekend with hundreds of people taking a walking tour through the town to cast their eyes over paintings, furniture, tapestries and ceramics made by local artists.

Shops, cafes, restaurants and bars are among the 48 businesses which have each adopted an artist – giving them the opportunity to show off their work to customers.

Nic Cowper and Jules Roper took over an outbuilding at the Sussex Brewery on Main Road, Emsworth.

It is the third year the arty couple have taken part in the arts trail.

And this time they were joined by their daughters Millie, 10, and six-year-old Daisy.

Mr Cowper, a graphic design consultant, displayed a series of water colours.

Ms Roper displayed her collages.

Mr Cowper said: ‘As well as our own work we also sell cards.

‘That means we go to press and we gave the girls a chance to create some cards too and give the money to charity.

‘They chose Chestnut Tree children’s hospice and raised £91, which is brilliant.

‘With next weekend’s trail they are hoping to raise £200.’

Next door were another arty couple, Sarah and Jez Partridge.

Mr Cowper said: ‘The atmosphere on the arts trail is lovely.

‘Jez is a fantastic furniture designer and maker and Sarah is a graphic artist who creates personalised pieces.

‘We’re really pleased that we’re next to a pub because it gives it a good focus with a constant through-flow of people.

‘This building is a store room usually with a big hole in the roof. But we’ve given it a lick of paint and it has a real sense of a gallery.’

The arts trail continues in Emsworth next weekend.

Brochures can be downloaded at emsworthartstrail.org.uk.

Hayling Island arts trail takes place May 9 to 10 and Havant and Waterlooville takes place May 16 and 17.