FINAL preparations are being made for the biggest Worthing Open Houses event yet.
The now well-established summer arts trail has increased by 35 per cent from last year to include a record-breaking 50 venues and more than 300 artists.
The summer art event takes place over three weekends from June 16 to July 1.
Spokesperson Mark Guthrie said: “Worthing Open Houses continues to put Worthing on the cultural map. There has been an explosion of interest this year from our local artist community to be part of this now major annual event.
“We’ve attracted a commercial sponsor, Winkworth Estate Agents, based in Chatsworth Road, and are very pleased to be working alongside them. It is fantastic that a commercial company recognises the importance of cultural community events and offers a high level of support for a social enterprise like ours. This year we have an even more diverse range of artists that will be opening their doors to the public and exhibiting their work. There are some real treats in store for the public, with many venues offering interactive fun. Some will be providing the chance to take part in your own creative ventures, such as 4 Below Productions, Heene Terrace, who have poetry and music from Johnny Zero and his interactive human jukebox, alongside other sensory experiences.
“At 8 Lansdowne Place, there is the chance to create your own mini mosaics after being inspired by their exhibits, and at 12 Wordsworth Road you can see a range of drawings, photos, sculpture and video installations.”
The event will also host the work of David Freud, son of Lucian Freud, at The Bay in Thorn Road.
David has completed two very successful exhibitions in Oxford and has gained significant interest from the national press, the art markets and serious art collectors.
Along with many newcomers, he joins well-established regulars Paul and Viv Martin from Martin Studios, Brenda Brooks, Northbrook College students and ceramicist Ben Barker.
This year sees the launch of the developing junior open houses concept, in which schools have been invited to take part and showcase the talents of their students. The three schools involved this year, Davison High School, Chesswood Middle School and Broadwater Manor School, are opening their doors to the public for a limited time during the festival.
Trail maps can be picked up from Winkworth Estate Agents, Kar’ben Café in Portland Road, St Paul’s Arts Centre in Chapel Road, Visit Worthing Centre on the seafront and & Green Cuisine in Rowlands Road).
Visit www.worthingopenhouses.com and www.facebook.com/worthingopenhouses for more information.