Worthing Art Trail is a Community Interest Company. Each year the organisation puts on events to support the town’s artistic community, most notably the summer event which normally runs throughout June for 3 weekends. All team members work together voluntarily, to organise these events and support anyone involved. One of the aims of these events is to engage the public, show them something new and spread awareness of the artistic talent we hold in Worthing.
The Worthing Art Trail 2014 Summer Event has sadly come to it’s end for this year. It’s been my first year on the team as a Trustee. The experience has been challenging, educational, eye opening and most importantly fun. I’ve had a whole range of responsibilities in my first year from networking with the artistic community, learning about marketing, promotion, how to run a community interest company and discussing ideas and concerns with everyone involved. I’ve also had to get my hands dirty when it comes to flying, delivering promotional material and helping people handle and install their art work. One of my many responsibilities this year was to help promote and exhibit younger artists by involving them in this years trail.The art trail in the past has been aimed at the older artistic community, we wanted to be inclusive to all age groups from this year onwards.
This year we had fantastic support from Worthing & Adur Council. One of the many advantages to having this support was that, for the first time, we had access to council buildings such as Worthing Town Hall. I was nominated by our Chairman, Mark Guthrie to curate and organise an art exhibition at this venue. I grabbed hold of this opportunity with both hands and held it tight, this task became my main focus for the months to come.
On Saturday 21st June 2014 at 10:00am ‘The Worthing Town Hall Art Exhibition’ opened to the Public. The anxiously awaiting crowd entered the building through its main entrance to be presented with a fantastic variety of stunning contemporary art works produced by some of Worthing’s most talented artists. It was our honour to have the Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Vic Walker officially open the event for us. Once the exhibition was open for the public to experience I found myself feeling a sense of huge accomplishment. Months of hard work had finally paid off. Those nights where I found myself up until 4am seemed beyond worth it as I felt every second of my preparation was needed to make this exhibition what it became. Hugely successful.
Worthing Town Hall’s doors are often closed to anything other than it’s standard 9 to 5 schedule. Most walls are left bare which is a shame as there is nothing to compliment it’s amazing 100+ year old decor. I took an opportunity without knowing too much about organising or curating such a grand event and I made it work. In fact we welcomed over 150+ visitors in our first weekend, one of, if not the highest recorded number of visitors at a single venue in the Worthing Art Trail / Open Houses history. Our second weekend open was a strong one too. All exhibiting artists made sales and combined made over £1000.
This years Worthing Art Trail has been a huge success for a variety of reasons. As a team we look forward to receiving feedback on this years event, taking this information and using it to produced more successful events in the years to come.
Many thanks to the whole Art Trail Team, especially Mark Guthrie and Lewes Jillet for letting me part of something amazing.
Worthing Art Trail Trustee