Discover Chichester's best kept secret

Draper's Yard in Chichester is hosting an opening event.

Kay Mawer in Draper's Yard. ks16000770-2
Kay Mawer in Draper's Yard. ks16000770-2

Nestled in the courtyard behind Clothkits in the Hornet its ‘ShedQuarters’ are home to artists, jewellery designers, hairdressers and a beauty room.

Kay Mawer, founder of Draper’s Yard, said: “I wanted a place for artists and creatives to be able to display their wares.

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“It can be hard when you start out so this offers a space for people to test the water.”

Businesses can pay month by month, and one shed will be available on a week by week basis.

Aaron Buckley, a graphic artist based at Draper’s Yard, said: “There is a great energy here, I just love the vibe.

“I’m new to the area so it has been a good way to meet people and I really like the space and atmosphere.”

Other businesses include George and the coffee bean and Loaf and Leaf.

Kay said: “Before I opened Clothkits I did a fine art degree and thought I would be a gallerist helping artists and creatives make a living from their work.

“I suppose I have come back to what I always thought I would do.”

The opening event is on Thursday, June 30 from 5pm.

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