Arts and exhibitions

The West Sussex landscape is said to have inspired artists such as J M W Turner, John Constable and William Blake, so it’s no surprise to see that a thriving art scene still remains. From renowned collections in stately homes to beach huts turned into artist’s studios, there’s something to see no matter what your taste.

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Local guides

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Upcoming events

Male artist looking up at camera whilst surrounded by pottery

29 May - 31 October 2021

Standen House and Garden: the joy is in the making

At Standen House and Garden, discover installations created ...
Visitors taking photographs in the garden at Buckland Abbey, Devon.

4 June - 25 September 2021

Petworth Park: learning in the landscape

Enjoy yoga, photography and art courses at Petworth Park wit...
Artwork for Beauty Queen of Leenane at CFT

3 September - 2 October 2021

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

At Chichester Festival Theatre watch The Beauty Queen of Lee...
Artwork for The Long Song at CFT

1 - 23 October 2021

The Long Song

The Long Song at Chichester Festival Theatre is adapted from...
Calligraphy writing papers with a coffee

2 October 2021

Calligraphy workshop at Cowdray

Join Cowdray, along with The Modern Calligraphy Co. and lear...
a stack of chocolate truffles

6 October 2021

Artisan chocolate making workshop

Visit the Artisan bakehouse to learn the secrets of making d...
Artwork for Home a play by Chichester Festival Theatre

8 October - 6 November 2021

Chichester Festival Theatre’s Home

Join Chichester Festival Theatre to watch David Storey’s a...

8 - 10 October 2021

Giants of steam autumn gala

The 2021 Giants of Steam event will be taking place at Blueb...

Inspirational art

Petworth House is home to one of the National Trusts’ most important art collections, including major works by Titian, Van Dyck and Turner.  Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery is known for its innovative exhibitions and displays of national, international and contemporary art.

So whether you’re a budding artist looking for inspiration or an art lover with a keen eye for new and traditional work, you’ll find something to admire in this culturally rich county.

Work from the Petworth Park Antiques Fair
Local artists and events in Sussex