Immersive Arts in West Sussex
Artists and creative souls have always found the diverse West Sussex landscape inspirational. From the everchanging colours along the coast to the rich and verdant countryside, art and nature sit side by side. An increasing number of galleries and imaginative spaces can be found around the county, especially in Worthing where there is a thriving arts scene.
Look out for sculpture trails, beautifully renovated gardens, music festivals, theatres and creative opportunities around every corner. Come and reveal your inner artist here in West Sussex.
We’ve put together a list of some of the top immersive art experiences in West Sussex:
Willow weaving in Wakehurst
Discover the traditional art of willow weaving, creating unique structures in this fantastic, guided workshop running throughout the spring and summer months.
Festival of Chichester
A brilliant four-week celebration of the city, home to artists, actors, musicians and more. Think theatre, poetry, exhibitions, tours and open days, with a real insight into the immersive arts Chichester has to offer.
Exhibitions at Newlands House Gallery
An incredible art gallery set in an 18th-century townhouse, nestled in the heart of Petworth Market Town. Hosting internationally leading art with immersive exhibitions, the newest exhibition ‘Frank Auerbach: Unseen’ explores the evolution of the contemporary painter’s practice and is not one to be missed.
Get involved with short courses at West Dean
With over 300 courses inspired by West Dean’s wonderful surroundings and award-winning gardens, the courses offer you an opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the art of tapestry, ceramics and gardening to name a few.
A wonderful walk through WildArt
Pulborough is home to a fantastic WildArt Trail. Following the twists and turns of the four-kilometre route, you’ll spot some incredible sculptures among the fantastic views of the South Downs and maybe even be lucky to see some of the wonderful wildlife.
Royal Society of Sculptures exhibition at Chichester Cathedral
A major exhibition of 26 artworks from celebrated members of the Royal Society of Sculptures titled ‘Together We Rise’ is to be hosted at Chichester Cathedral and across its grounds. The exhibition is a demonstration of the artist’s experience of the pandemic and their collective hope for a community inspired future.
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Experience it all with music, theatre, comedy and film at the heart of this arts centre located in Shoreham-by-Sea. A stone’s throw from the River Adur’s Coastal Link and Sculpture Trail, a visit here can make for a truly arty adventure.
Easy to get to but hard to leave behind, the West Sussex art scene is waiting to be explored.