Art Fund Sussex Events 2015 Programme

Fri 13th Feb – “Conscience and Conflict”: British Artists & the Spanish Civil War, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
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We are delighted that Pallant’s senior guide Beth Funnell is able to give us an introductory talk about the story of how a generation of British artists responded to the Spanish Civil War, and provide a personal insight into how this extraordinary exhibition has been brought together.

The Times Art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston wrote a full page review commenting on the richness of truth in the artwork on display in this exhibition. The review highlighted the great lengths that the curators had to go to, in order to gather such a broad selection of artistic media from museums and galleries both large and small, private family collections and remote archives.

It is also an opportunity to see Picasso’s famous Weeping Woman (1937) in an exhibition that marks the 75th anniversary of the end of this conflict.

13th February, 2015 – 11.00am start – Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester
Tickets £25, to include coffee & biscuits.

Apply to: Annie Flitcroft – Email: acflit@aol.com – Tel: 02392 734564

Mon, 16th Mar – Guided tour of Rye Art Gallery & town

In 1957 Mary Stormont established Rye Art Gallery Trust, bequeathing her home, funds and an art collection for the people of Rye. The gallery houses an important permanent collection of 450 works by 120 renowned artists such as Edward Burra, Duncan Grant, John Piper, Paul Nash, Ivon Hitchens, etc.

After a brief introduction to the history of the gallery by Paddy Harvey, Chairman of the Friends of RAGT, we will be given a guided tour of a selection from the gallery’s permanent art collection by Andrew Ashton, Art Historian and Trustee.

After lunch we will be taken for a stroll around the medieval town of Rye by Paddy Harvey commencing at Lamb House, once the home of E F Benson (Map & Lucia) and Henry James which was transformed as ‘Mallards’ in the BBC’s recent adaption of Benson’s famous novel.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

Wed, 18th Mar – Guided tour of Lewes Middle Bronze Age hoard

An exciting opportunity to view, learn about and handle this Middle Bronze Age hoard which dates from c. 1500-1100 BC and was discovered near Lewes in March 2011.

Our introduction to this new exhibition ‘Treasuring the Past’ will be given by Emma O’Connor, Museums Officer at the Sussex Archaeological Society, and curator of the exhibition. We will also be offered a unique opportunity to handle some of the more robust items alongside reproductions of hoard items.

Our tour will last up to 1 ½ hrs. The museum is just off the High Street, in the centre of town. For those unfamiliar with Lewes it is well worth making time for an extended stroll around our illustrious County Town.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

Wed 25th Mar – Talk on Rembrandt by Rebecca Drew at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Rebecca is an art historian and senior guide at the National Gallery in London whose wonderful exhibition has drawn great crowds.

We are delighted to have been able to persuade her to come and talk to us about Rembrandt in the wonderful setting of Danny House in Hurstpierpoint where we will also be able to partake in the ever wonderful cook’s tea and cakes.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

Wed 13th May – The WWI Balcombe murals & the Lytton family: guided introduction.

When featured in Channel 4’s ‘Not Forgotten’ series, Ian Hyslop drew attention to the magnificence of the little known frescoes in Balcombe’s Victory Hall. (See here for a clip).

This exclusive private visit will be introduced by a local expert who will give us a short talk on the history of the murals. Then, Crawley Museum Curator, Helen Poole will tell us about the life and times of the Lytton family.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

28th May – Talk by David Boyd Haycock at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Author of A Crisis of Brilliance and Curator of the exhibition of the same name at the Dulwich Picture Gallery David’s talk will examine the evolution of this influential group of artists, which included Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Richard Nevinson and Dora Carrington.

For full details & booking please CLICK HERE.

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28th May – Talk by David Boyd Haycock at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Author of A Crisis of Brilliance and Curator of the exhibition of the same name at the Dulwich Picture Gallery David’s talk will examine the evolution of this influential group, which included Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash, Mark Gertler, Richard Nevinson and Dora Carrington and who became among the most well-known and distinctive British artists of …

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Wed 25th Mar – Talk on Rembrandt by Rebecca Drew at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint

Rebecca is an art historian and senior guide at the National Gallery in London whose wonderful exhibition has drawn great crowds. We are delighted to have been able to persuade her  to come and talk to us about Rembrandt in the wonderful setting of Danny House in Hurstpierpoint where we will also be able to …

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