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Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water

[ Exhibition )

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

From Turner to Ravilious to contemporary artists, see how this constantly changing landscape of rolling hills and rugged cliffs has been an inspiration for generations of artists.

Defined by its iconic chalk-cliff coastline and the rolling expanse of the South Downs, Sussex has inspired artists and writers across the centuries. While some found solace and reflection in the landscape, for others, it provided the vital space to explore different ways of living and artistic innovation.

The exhibition will include works by J.M.W Turner, William Nicholson, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Ivon Hitchens, Eric Ravilious and Edward Burra.

It will also feature work by contemporary artists to extend the dialogue between artistic expression and the landscape. As a connection between creative expression, personal freedom and commitment to understanding the landscape is being discussed with increasing urgency, this exhibition offers a moment to consider the work of those who have gone before and have captured a changing world.

Highlights from the exhibition

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

Ivon Hitchens, Curved Barn (1922)

View of Brighton Pier stretching out to sea with the onion domes of Brighton's Royal Pavilion to the left. The buildings are black and white and the sea is a pale green.

Edward Bawden, Brighton Pier (1958)

View of rolling Downland on a misty day with a couple lying with their bikes on the side of a hill.

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

Check back on this page for exciting announcements about the artworks to be included in this exhibition.