If you’re looking for some creative inspiration this December, you might want to check out some of the amazing Sussex art events. Whether you’re into painting, drawing, sculpture, or fashion, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant and diverse region. Here are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss.
Sussex Art Events
Turner Prize 2023 at Towner Eastbourne
The Turner Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for contemporary art in the UK, and this year it’s coming to Sussex for the first time ever. The four shortlisted artists are Jesse Darling, Ghislaine Leung, Rory Pilgrim, and Barbara Walker, and their works range from installations and videos to paintings and drawings. You can see their works on display at Towner Eastbourne until 14 April 2024, and find out who will win the prize on 5 December 2023. The exhibition is part of Towner Eastbourne’s centenary celebrations, marking 100 years of the gallery’s existence and contribution to the cultural life of Sussex.
David Hockney: Love Life at Charleston
David Hockney is one of the most popular and recognisable artists of our time, and his early drawings from the 1960s and 70s are a testament to his extraordinary power of observation and artistic finesse. In this exhibition at Charleston, you can see a collection of rarely displayed drawings by Hockney, featuring intimate portraits of his friends and lovers, such as Ossie Clark, W.H. Auden, and Celia Birtwell. The drawings capture the beauty of everyday life, as well as the spirit of the era. The exhibition runs until 10 March 2024.
Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion at Charleston in Lewes
Charleston has recently opened a new second space in the heart of Lewes, with a major exhibition exploring the fashion of the Bloomsbury group. The Bloomsbury group was a 20th century cultural collective that included writers, artists, and thinkers such as Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, and Vanessa Bell. The exhibition, curated by writer Charlie Porter, showcases the relationship that these radical figures had with clothing, and how they influenced global style over 100 years later. You can see original garments worn by the Bloomsbury group, as well as contemporary fashion designs inspired by their art and life. The exhibition runs until 7 January 2024.
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Midhurst
If you’re looking for some unique gifts or treats for yourself this December, you might want to visit the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Midhurst. The show features over 50 exhibitors from the Sussex Guild, a group of professional craftspeople who work in various disciplines such as ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork, and more. You can browse and buy their handmade products, as well as watch demonstrations and talk to the makers. The show takes place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December.
Shoreham Christmas Makers Fair
Another great place to find some festive goodies is the Shoreham Christmas Makers Fair on 8 December 2023. This event brings together over 50 local artists and makers who will be selling their original and affordable creations. From prints and paintings to candles and cards, there’s something for everyone at this cosy and creative fair.
abundance art exhibition rye
If you are looking for a unique and inspiring experience, you should visit the Abundance Art Exhibition at the Rye Gallery. This exhibition showcases the works of local and international artists who explore the theme of abundance in different ways. You will see paintings, sculptures, installations, and multimedia pieces that celebrate the richness and diversity of life. The exhibition runs until December 15th, so don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in art and creativity.
These are just some of the Sussex art events this December. There are many more to discover and enjoy in this creative region. Why not plan a trip to Sussex and experience some of these Sussex art events for yourself?