Open Studios 2022

April 6, 2022

Chichester Art Trail Open Studios 2022:


“An Open Studio is an experience in itself. It offers the exciting invitation to see artists’ [and designers’] work in the context of its creation”. – CAT

Open Studios provide the ideal opportunity to see inside the very place where ideas and concepts creatively come to fruition. Edward’s studio and workshop is at the very heart of his business, and he would like to ‘open the doors’ and share it with you as part of the Chichester Art Trail.

It is an ideal opportunity to visit (or revisit). You will be able to see a display of Edward’s furniture, see work in progress, meet some of the team, and of course, most importantly, Ed will be available to discuss his work, techniques, and design inspiration. We would love to meet you for the first time or see you once again at this event.

We will be open over the two weekends of the trail: Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May and Saturday 7, Sunday 8 May 2022 from 10.30am to 5pm daily (please note we are closed on the bank holiday Monday). All welcome!*

Edward Johnson's furniture on display in his workshop at the open studios 2021.
Open studios 2021 showing a selection of Edward’s furniture set up in the workshop.

Ed first joined the Chichester Art Trail in 2018, and this is his fourth open studio with the trail (2020 was missed for obvious reasons!!). The fabulous Nicola Hancock (former Chair of CAT) conducted a studio interview with Ed back then, that is still highly relevant today. In the interview Ed discusses the studio, workshop, tools, and the daily routine.

What is your normal day in the workshop like?

Lights on, kettle on, and check that my fellow cabinet makers are clear on what needs doing for the day. Nowadays, more of my time is spent in the studio and visiting clients, but I also still work at the bench especially when we have complicated projects on. My typical day involves keeping the team busy, whether that is designing the next project, selecting timber and materials, producing production drawings, problem solving and project management or hands on making. My list is long and varied.

From an interview between Edward Johnson & Nicola Hancock

This year the Chichester Art Trail Open Studios celebrates its 21st anniversary and sees 159 local artists exhibiting a wide range of work across 132 venues in and around the city of Chichester, West Sussex.

We are at venue 41: Edward Johnson Ltd, Pea Barn, Old Park Farm, Old Park Lane, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8EX

Please find directions here.

If you have any questions about the event, please give us a call on 01243 696606 or send us an email: or a message through our contact form.

*Please note: We politely request that all children are accompanied by an adult due to the nature of the workshop setting.

Download a copy of the Art Trail brochure.

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