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Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water

[ Exhibition )

The first major exhibition to celebrate Sussex as a place of inspiration for artists.

Sussex has a unique sense of place. Its distinctive chalk-cliff coastline and the rolling hills of the South Downs have inspired artists for centuries. From some of our greatest landscape artists like Constable and Turner to contemporary artists working in the area today, this exhibition allowed you to discover Sussex as a place of creativity, exploration, retreat and alternative lifestyles.

Whether it’s William Nicholson’s beautiful, sparse paintings of the Downs, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell’s colour-drenched depictions of the pond at Charleston, or Lee Miller’s photographs of the farms around her house, this wide-ranging exhibition, which encompassed print, sculpture, photography and digital works, showed Sussex as you have never seen it before.

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★★★★ “Anyone looking for a pick-me-up can find it in West Sussex, just by looking.”

Chloë Ashby, The Times

★★★★ “Fascinating…There’s a lot of really quirky, often surprisingly offbeat work here in a spirit of bohemian experimentation…”

Mark Hudson, Independent

★★★★ “What this fine show proves is that Sussex is more than just a pretty space.”

Alastair Smart, The Mail on Sunday

”…encapsulates everything I love about Sussex…”

Julian Roup, The Guardian

Highlights from the exhibition

View of a canal with masted ship and view of Chichester cathedral at dawn

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Chichester Canal (c.1828)

Painting of a beach with two small figures at the shore and wide expanse of blue sea and a grey white sky taking up two thirds of the canvas

John Constable, Seascape Study: Brighton Beach looking west, 1824-28

William Blake, Illustrations to Thornton’s ‘Pastorals of Virgil’, Thenot Remonstrates Colinet

Landscape of green hill with white path top left corner and dotted with sheep and above blue sky with clouds

William Nicholson, Whiteways Rottingdean (1909)

Colourful landscape of 3 trees around a pond

Vanessa Bell, The Pond at Charleston, East Sussex (1916)

Painting by Ivon Hitchens depictinmg a barn in the middle of the woods with a curved roof

Ivon Hitchens, Curved Barn (1922)

Eileen Agar, Photograph of Catherine de Villiers and Princess Dilkusha de Rohan getting into a river in Sussex for a swim (1941)

Jem Southam, Ditchling Beacon Dewpond (1999 - 2003)

Simon Roberts, We English 13, Devil's Dyke, South Downs, East Sussex (2008)

John Piper, Beach and Star Fish, Seven Sisters Cliff, Eastbourne, 1933-34

The exhibition was kindly supported by:

Discover the Story of J.M.W. Turner in Sussex