An interview for Chichester Open Studios Art Trail

This is now the second time round in my capacity as Chair of Chichester Open Studios Art Trail. The Art Trail year is just about to begin, even though the Trail itself isn’t until May 2019. There is the raising of awareness of the Trail itself, the Open Call to the artists who together form the Trail, then the advertising, layout and creation of the Guide, the Preview Exhibition…and so it goes on until, in no time at all, we find that May has arrived!

As a starter for 2019, and in order to give potential Trail artists a bit of my background, I have posted an interview on the Trail website. If you would like to read it, here is the link.

Nicola Hancock

If you are an artist living in the Chichester area and would like to join the Trail, please do visit the website for more information.

Spring at The Courtyard

Everyone who comes to the studio comments on how beautiful it is where we are, and what a lovely atmosphere there is.

I think it’s true too, and love I being there. I’m sure it is what makes it such a great  place for creating – creativity is right there in the air!

Here is a flavour of our environment and what it is like to work there.

thrilling to work ouside!

thrilling to work ouside!

late night working

Aug Natters4

Kingley Vale


Our surroundings


The studios

Framing and Stretching

We are very lucky to  have a resident framer at the studios!

Terry’s expertise is the making of bespoke frames to home artists’ work. But he also makes our stretchers.

We thought perhaps we could share these services, so here is a message from him…



As my framing service is expanding, I now regularly order from my wholesaler who delivers directly to the studio.

Needless to say Nicola is alive to this and extends the orders (and my workload!), not only for framing, but now also for canvas stretchers.

‘Tried, tested and recommended’ by our model, I can cut and make these stretcher frames to any size.

fixed corner frame

I can offer different depths…

other profile depth

one profile depth

…and a canvas stretching service on request.

In addition I can supply slotted stretchers, which have corner wedges, in many different sizes plus brace bars etc as required. Pre mitred, slotted bars start at 20cm and go up to 2metres.

By buying pairs you can create pretty much whatever dimension you require (yes, including 20cms x 2metres if you really want this!!).

slotted corner frameUnlike many “cheaper” canvas frames from GreatArt, Seawhite etc, all these are good quality kiln dried pine bars.

In practice they are able to deliver a robust framework to paint on and retain their shape to make for a polished end product should you also require a framing service. By way of example a 900 x 600 fixed corner stretcher, ex canvas, costs just over £20.00.


I can supply different types of backing board, mdf etc and the complete range of Daler full size mount boards, all at competitive prices, and cut mount boards for you to most sizes and specifications.

I will be pleased to hear from you have any enquiries or projects I can help you with.



New paintings!

Ariadne and Jonah each began as 2 red ‘shoes’ in a concertina book. The books grew upwards; legs took shape, stomachs, hearts, arteries and veins, clothes, hair and brains. Finally I cut free their shoes, lit them up and let them sing. This is what comes of intense tuning and faithful attending to the needs of the unseen!

Dressed in gravity and love, Universal constants, the creative reality of relationships here finds a voice in my 2 new paintings.

Universal constants: gravity

Universal constants: love

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