Art in Sussex!

Art In East Sussex ……………with so many things to do and places to see in our lovely area, we are spoilt for choice. As well as the old favourites, we have some exciting and amazing new galleries in Sussex.


There is always something to see at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill which has always been at great attraction and not just for the Artworks.  The building is an amazing masterpiece of modernity.




Our newest gallery is the Jerwood Gallery on the Stade in Hastings which opened in March 2012.



Marlow Moss is the latest exhibition running until 23rd April 2014This Tate touring exhibition features a group of important works by Marlow Moss (1889-1958), now regarded as one of Britain’s most important Constructivist artists. The paintings, reliefs and sculptures, drawn from collections in the UK and Europe, are primarily concerned with an interrogation of movement, space and light.

Also showing is:-


Basil Beattie RA is a major figure in the British avant-garde of the late twentieth and twenty first century. Celebrated for his powerful, large scale abstract works, Beattie has become one of Britain’s most respected abstract painters. Beattie was short-listed for the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1998 and 2001. This awe-inspiring exhibition, guest curated by the art historian and critic Mel Gooding, puts into focus Beattie’s most recent work, largely unseen, which shows the continuing influence of American painting from the late fifties, particularly Mark Rothko and Philip Guston.

These new paintings are exhilarating: terrifically energetic, urgent and mysterious. I first saw a handful of these powerful new works in the studio a few months ago, and felt immediately that something very exciting was happening. Beattie is in full flight.” Mel Gooding, Guest Curator

Beautifully contextualising Beattie’s work will be a display of works by Philip Guston. Basil saw Philip Guston’s Whitechapel show in 1962 and was strongly influenced by his work.



Beautifully contextualising the Basil Beattie exhibition is a one room display of painting and lithographs by the American artist, Philip Guston (1913-1980), generously loaned by Timothy Taylor Gallery. 2013 marks the centenary of Philip Guston’s birth. Beattie saw Philip Guston’s Whitechapel show in 1962 and was later strongly influenced by his work. The lithographs on display are from a series of 25 prints, made between 1979 and 1980. They are a lasting testament to Guston’s fascination with line and the act of drawing.

Image: Philip Guston, Pile Up © 1981 The Estate of Philip Guston and Gemini G.E.L., Courtesy, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London


The Towner Gallery is another contemporary art gallery in Eastbourne.  They have many events and exhibitions and its worth visiting their website and then the gallery!

Chiharu Shiota: Other Side

11 October 2013 – 5 January 2014 (free)

Chiharu Shiota, Labyrinth of Memory, 2012. La Sucrière, Lyon. Image by Sunhi Mang.Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating monumental yet delicate environments.

Towner has commissioned Shiota to create an ambitious, immersive installation that will pervade our entire gallery space.

Upon entering the space you will encounter a series of five doors, which represent a gateway to a dense other-worldly labyrinth woven from black yarn. Woollen cocoons arise from the artist’s desire to ‘draw in the air’ and represent her own physical anxieties. Walking around and inside the work, you will become immersed in the installation, navigating the space between the doors, the light and the maze of yarn.


Turner Contemporary Margate

Turner Contemporary Margate

The Turner Contemporary at Margate is another spectacular Gallery to visit further along the South Coast.

Turner Contemporary is a dynamic visual arts organisation that believes in making art open, relevant and fulfilling for all. Inspired by JMW Turner’s sense of enquiry, we offer a space for everyone to embrace their curiosity and to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.

We do this by offering a stimulating programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities. This programme enables intriguing connections to be made between art from 1750 to the present day.

On Saturday 16 April 2011 our landmark new gallery, designed by Stirling Prize Winner David Chipperfield Architects, opened. Admission to the gallery is free.

Situated on Margate’s seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, our gallery is the largest exhibition space in the South East, outside of London.”

The current exhibition is “Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature. Works from the Tate Collection”