Thank you to everyone who attended our most recent open days. Our next Open Studio will be held in May 2025 as part of the wider Chichester Open Studios.

About the Open Studios

Is the Open Studios event free?

Yes, admission to our studio, and all the other venues, is free. It is part of the wider ‘Chichester Open Studios – Art Trail’ that has been running for many years and is very well established. This year 149 artists will be participating and showing their work in 115 venues across the Chichester region, exhibiting a wide range of art and craft.

Can anyone attend your open studios?

Yes, we welcome everyone to our open studio event. However, we do ask that all children are accompanied by an adult due to the nature of the workshop setting. We make the studio and workshop as safe as possible for our visitors, but we do ask you to pay attention to our safety notices. We also have good access for wheelchair users and a disabled toilet.

Can I visit your workshop at any other time?

Yes of course! If you are unable to attend our open days, or would like to visit us sooner, please contact us. We can then make a suitable arrangement for you to visit.

What is an Open Studio?

“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”. – COS

Open Studios provide the ideal opportunity to see inside the very place where ideas and concepts creatively come to fruition. Edward Johnson’s studio and workshop is at the very heart of his business, and he loves to ‘open the doors’ and share it with you all.

It is an ideal opportunity to visit (or revisit). The open studio enables you to see a display of Edward Johnson’s furniture, accessories and gifts. You will also be able to see work in progress, meet some of the team, and of course, most importantly, meet Ed who will be available to discuss his work, techniques, and design inspiration.

We always look forward to meeting you for the first time or to seeing you once again at this annual event.

View of the workshop at open studios showing a selection of Edward Johnson's furniture
Edward Johnson’s workshop at open studios

How long has Ed been participating in the Chichester Open Studios?

Ed first joined the Chichester Open Studios (formerly Chichester Art Trail and Open Doors) in 2018 and has continued to do so each year since, except for 2020 that was missed for obvious reasons!!

The fabulous Nicola Hancock (former Chair of  Chichester Art Trail) 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

Visit us on the open days

Edward Johnson Ltd, Pea Barn, Old Park Farm, Old Park Lane, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8EX

Our next open studios will take place in May 2025.

Directions to our studio and workshop.

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