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Nine Potters – Ceramics Exhibition

Rachel Holtom has curated the work of nine ceramicists:

Jonathan Chiswell-Jones, Lucy Cobb, Steven Crouch, Judith Douglas, Annabel Faraday, Vanessa Fowler, Dee Harvey, Judith Rowe and Branka Vrhovski-Stanton.



A fascination with psychology, philosophy and spirituality informs Sara Lavelle’s work which focuses on portraiture and figuration. She has been involved in a number of joint and solo shows this year, including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition held in the Mall Galleries, London. She was recently a finalist on Sky Portrait of the Year Award 2019.

Mhairi Lockett draws inspiration from the DIY-ethos. She uses hand-painted typography, rhyme, rhythm and moving image to advocate for social change and to encourage people to take action. She explores the role of art as protest and as a part of community-led action. She believes that art and craft are synonymous with personal and political power.


Prints are little more than photo-copies. Discuss

Terri Walsh will give a talk and lead a detailed analysis of one or two of the works in her exhibition.

There’s no admission fee, but Donations to HAF would be appreciated.


Jess Levine: Works on Paper

Jess Levine showcases her recent mixed media collages and abstract paintings.

These works are visual landscapes, rich in colour, texture, detail, light and surface decoration.

The artwork is intuitive, painterly and sensitive to the qualities of the materials used.


Mark Glassman – Shingle Beaches

Mark Glassman’s recent work is inspired by his immediate environment of Seaford and Newhaven – the shingle beach, the cliffs, landscapes, the sea and people within the landscape. These are the starting point for expressive exploration and abstraction.

Glassman has had solo exhibitions at Farley Farm House (Chiddingly) and the Hop Gallery (Lewes). He has been selected for The East Sussex Open at the Towner Gallery (Eastbourne), the Threadneedle Prize and the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.


Abstract mixed media collage workshops with Jess Levine

Abstract mixed media collage workshops with Jess Levine

Sunday 28th July, 2-4pm – Fully booked

Saturday 3rd August, 2-4pm – Fully booked

Sunday 4th August, 2-4pm – Spaces left

Cost: £15 for one session, £25 for both.

All materials provided. Spaces limited

please book: or call +44 (0)1424 201636


Lynne Bingham & Carly Ralph: Second Use

Lynne Bingham and Carly Ralph are local artists, working independently of each other, whose practices in mixed media have one fundamental aspect in common: they both find inspiration in ‘second use’ objects and materials which are selected and gathered from sources in everyday life, for studio use.

This exhibition celebrates their differences of approach, one tending towards the narrative and the figurative, the other towards tactile qualities of erosion and abstraction.


Teri Walsh: Of Trees & Roots and …

Teri Walsh produces mixed media multi-disciplined work (2D and 3D) using her own photographs as the source material and exploring recurrent themes.

Of Trees and Roots looks at the form, structure, and surface texture of trees, including trees with externalized / above ground (and even aerial) roots.

The works in this exhibition include etchings, drawings, screenprints (including some with embedded woodcuts) and some “rubbings” of the same woodcut plates. She has also returned to working with ceramic sculpture.


Chaos is a Friend of Mine


‘In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order’ Carl Jung

Chaos is by its very definition, an inversion of ‘Order’ and the ‘Known’. The abstract presence of chaos is constantly juxtaposed with human reality and our experience of the world around us. ‘Chaos is a Friend of Mine’ is a visceral interpretation of this inherently enigmatic form.

Contributing artists have been invited to explore this theme from both an intrapersonal and a metaphysical perspective. This has produced an exhibition of vibrant and dynamic work in a variety of media.

Some of the artworks recognise and demonstrate that, for the creative process to take place, a certain amount of chaos must be tolerated and even encouraged. We witness anarchic brush strokes which mimic a sense of delirious reality alongside knotted shapes which belie the futility of existence. Other works interrogate the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious mind where the possibility of integration or disintegration hangs in the balance.

‘Chaos is a Friend of Mine’ explores the constant states of renewal and destruction which lie deep within ourselves and our environment, and which at certain moments in time can make us question the very sense of our being and existence.


Paul Ellerbeck

Paul Ellerbeck’s exhibition is something of a retrospective – paintings of a certain scale made over the last ten years; the chance to exhibit provided the spur to finish them. Ellerbeck says: “If people spend five minutes looking at them, I will be happy. I will leave it to the discerning viewer to pick up on the strategies and influences.”


Ian Probert – Dead

Dead is a collection of paintings by Ian Probert in watercolour of singers and musicians who tragically died young. ‘Dead’ is not only representative of the images on display, but also of the artist’s state of mind while creating the works. Probert studied fine art at Exeter College of Art and Design in the 1980s but abandoned visual arts to concentrate on the written word. This is his very first exhibition.


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