Art Fund Sussex Events 2014 Programme

8th MayCurator's tour of "ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol" exhibition at FTM, Bermondsey, London

This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles including work by Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Hepworth amongst others. It features examples of key European and American art movements – Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art – as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers and reflects the domestic and personal use of textiles by ordinary people. Many of the works on display have not been shown in public before.

We are extremely fortunate to have as our guide Dennis Nothdruft, FTM Curator.

The Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses.

Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, in a fantastic building designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the FTM aims not just to display and collect items relating to fashion, jewellery and textile design, but to offer inspiration to a new generation of creatives. Now redeveloped and operated by Newham College, the museum is a hub of learning, ideas and networking for the fashion and jewellery industry.

FTM, 83 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XF (nearest station: London Bridge).

Thursday 8th May, 2pm to 4pm approx. to include tour, refreshments and possible free time

£20, to include coffee and biscuits

Contact: Jill Holloway  -  Email:  -  Tel: 01243 774751


Wed 14th May – Medieval art at St Botolph’s, Hardham, and two other ‘Lewes Group’ churches

We are delighted to say that we have arranged for Roger Rosewell FSA to provide a guided tour of these very rare examples of English medieval art dating from the early 12th century onWednesday, 14th May at 10:15 for 10:30am.

Roger's talk will begin at St Botolph's church, Hardham (nr Pulborough) and then, after lunch inPulborough, will take in Coombes church, Lancing finishing at The Church of Saint John the Baptist, Clayton, for a well earned tea & biscuits.

Amazingly these wall paintings are more than 900 years old! They are thought to have been painted by a group of artists known as the Lewes Group shortly after 1100. Today their rich colours have faded, but the extent of the paintings, covering almost every part of the church, means that they are among the most important wall paintings in the country.

The paintings include the Annunciation, scenes from the Nativity and the apostles. There is also an interesting depiction of St George. Most notable, however, are the group of paintings in the chancel depicting scenes from the story of Adam and Eve.

Roger is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and specialises medieval wall paintings and stained glass. His book Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches (Boydell Press, 2008) was Sir Simon Jenkins' 'East Book of the Year' in 2008. I will prevail on him to bring along a few copies of the paperbook edition (published in 2011) to sign for us!

He has agreed to do a complete day's tour compromising:

  • 10:15am for 10:30. St Botolph church, Hardham.  His talk will include an illustrated presentation on a projector, followed by a detailed look at the wall paintings themselves lasting 1 ¾ hrs (with time for questions);
  • 12:30 to 1:45pm. A fixed menu lunch (with 3 options) has been arranged at The Chequers, Pulborough at a cost £8 pp to be paid for individually. Full details will be provided on confirmation of booking.
  • 3pm to 3:45pm. Guided tour of the wall paintings at Coombes Church, Lancing;
  • 4:30 to 5:15pm. Guided tour of the wall paintings at The Church of St John the Baptist,Clayton.
  • 5:15pmTea and biscuits in the Church Hall.

We shall be travelling in our own cars in convoy. This means that wherever possible we will need to share for obvious reasons. I shall be asking all those booking to provide contact details which I will share with all, so that arrangements for car-sharing can be made between yourselves.

I have confirmed that adequate parking will be available at all the venues, together with provision for loo breaks.

£23, to include tea and biscuits in the Church Hall, Clayton at the end of the day.

Contact Miles Robinson by email - tel: 01273 251 701


19 May 2014Museum visit to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and guided village walk - 11am – 3:30pm

The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft was opened by the Tate's Nicholas Serota last September after a £2.3m revamp, which resulted rave reviews, viz: "… the project will prove a huge success, and win every award in the museum book." – Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph; "… one of the loveliest small museums I have visited." – Andrew Lambirth, The Spectator.

Ditchling became a centre for visual arts and crafts in the early years of the 20th century.  The Museum holds a nationally important collection of work by the artists and craftsmen who were drawn to the village including Eric Gill and Joseph Cribbe.  See an extraordinary body of work in the same village that it was created in.  After lunch take the opportunity to stroll around the village on a guided walk passing some of the houses and workshops associated with the craftspeople and looking at lettering and sculpture by them in the churchyard.

19 May 2014, 11am – 3:30pm     Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8SP

£26, to include coffee and biscuits on arrival, cup of tea following the walk.

There is an opportunity to find your own lunch in either of the two pubs in the village or in one of the pretty village tea rooms.

Contact:    Dina Thorpe by email to, or telephone  01273 472370


Mon, 9th JuneGuided tour of modern art at Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral is famous for its modern art which was commissioned mainly during the late 20th century to invigorate and beautify the cathedral.

We are extremely fortunate to have as our guide Rupert Toovey. Rupert is founder and chief auctioneer of Toovey's, Fine Arts Auctioneers and Valuers, (Washington, West Sussex). Specialising in modern art, he regularly lectures at Chichester University's Otter Gallery. He is also a priest in the Church of England Diocese of Chichester.

Works to be seen in the cathedral include:  
- Paintings: Hans Feibusch (1951), Graham Sutherland (1960) and Patrick Procktor (1984);
- Tapestries: John Piper (1966) and Ursula Benker (1985);
- Stained glass: a window by Marc Chagall (1978);
- Embroideries: Joan Freeman (1993) and Sylvia Green (1995);
Cast aluminium: Geoffrey Clarke (1960-72);
Stone: John Skelton (1983) and Robert Potter.
Sculptures: John Skelton (1988), Philip Jackson (1998).

And, outside the cathedral, there is a magnificent statue of St Richard by Philip Jackson, a gift from the Friends of the cathedral to mark the Jubilee.

However the art in the Cathedral is not all modern, it also contains some wonderful early objects including the 12th century Lazarus Reliefs and the Lambert Barnard paintings. One of the delights of the building is the successful fusion of the ancient and the modern.

£25, including coffee and biscuits on arrival.

We meet at the cathedral's Cloisters Café at 10am, where you will be provided with a voucher for tea or coffee. The tour will start at 10:30am and last for 1 ½  hours.

Please contact Miles Robinson by email at or Tel: 01273 251 701


23rd July, 2014 – David Shepherd in conversation, at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Internationally recognized as the world's best wildlife artist, David has at all times felt that he had a duty in the form of conservation towards the world and the animals that inhabit our planet.

In his lifetime, David Shepherd, CBE, FRSA, FRGS, OBE, has painted and drawn many pictures and travelled to many parts of the world to do so. We are delighted that he has agreed to share some of his extraordinary tales and experiences with us and will also bring along some paintings from his private collection for us to view. He is a most approachable down-to-earth chap who enjoys sharing his pleasure of art and his concern over the diminishing wildlife throughout the world.

This relaxed and informal chat with David will be followed by tea and homemade cakes made by the cook at historic Danny House, which is worth seeing in its own right.


23rd July, 2014 - 2pm to 4pm.


£25, to include tea & homemade cakes!

Apply to: Annie Flitcroft - Email: – Tel: 02392 734564

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2nd April – Tour of West Dean Tapestry Studio, nr Chichester

Last year we were fortunate enough to visit The Fleming Collection in London while the tapestry that was made at West Dean ‘Hunt of the Unicorn’ was on display before going on to its home Stirling Castle in Scotland. This was a very unusual project recreating one of a set of seven tapestries for the …

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Henri Matisse's first silk square design for  Ziki Ascher, "Echarpe No. 1," exhibited at the Lefevre Gallery in 1947.

8th May – Curator’s tour of “ARTIST TEXTILES – Picasso to Warhol” exhibition at FTM, Bermondsey, London

This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles including work by Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Hepworth amongst others. It features examples of key European and American art movements – Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art – as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers and reflects the domestic …

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