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 and craft workshops, there’s something to do no matter what your taste. View upcoming events below.

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Illuminated Chichester Cathedral

29 November 2021 - 30 January 2022

Field of Blooms

Presented within paradise, a reflective green space within t...
Pottery, welding and painting short courses photo collage

2022

Short courses at West Dean

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has launched 300+...

23 January 2022

Wedding showcase at Cowdray

Join Cowdray on Sunday 23 January at The Walled Garden to fi...
a stack of chocolate truffles

26 & 27 January 2022

Artisan chocolate making masterclass

Visit the Artisan bakehouse to learn the secrets of making d...

29 January 2022

Macramé plant hanger workshop

Learn the art of macramé and create a stylish plant hanger ...
South Downs National Park dark skies festival landscape image

11 - 27 February 2022

Dark skies festival

Celebrate the marvels of dark skies with South Downs Nationa...
Cowdray wellbeing outside statue with sun shining through

12 February 2022

Cowdray mindfulness retreat day

Join qigong teacher Kim Lovelace and mindfulness teacher San...

19 March 2022

Spring foraging walk

On this spring walk you will be guided through some of West ...
Magnolia tree at Borde Hill

29 March & 5 April 2022

Magnolia Tour at Borde Hill

Borde Hill is home to a truly impressive collection of magno...
Willow at Wakehurst

April - September 2022

Willow weaving workshop

Join Wakehurst Gardens to discover the secrets of the tradit...

4 June 2022

The Floral Fringe Fair

A friendly and unique annual event in the deer park at Leona...
multiple notebooks overlaid

4 June 2022

Telling your family story

Resident Artist Amanda Rosenstein Davidson presents an intro...

11 - 19 June 2022

Cuckfield Music Festival

Cuckfield Music Festival is a not-for-profit organisation wh...
Festival of Chichester logo

11 June - 10 July 2022

Festival of Chichester 2022

Chichester are proud to present its exciting and diverse sum...
multiple illustrated books

18 June 2022

How to write & illustrate a children’s book

Ever considered writing a children's book? Resident artist A...
A lit up tree at night at the Into the Wild festival

26 - 28 August 2022

Into the Wild 2022

 Into the Wild is hosting the UK's premier nature based fes...

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

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