Winter exhibition 2021

Fair Ground I

Painting in Sussex | 15 November - 9 January

God gives all men all earth to love,
But since man’s heart is small,
Ordains for each one spot shall prove
Beloved over all.
Each to his choice, and I rejoice
The lot has fallen to me
In a fair ground – in a fair ground –
Yea, Sussex by the sea!
Sussex, Rudyard Kipling (1902)

This exhibition has now ended.

Fair Ground is our annual exhibition of contemporary art in Sussex. The title is taken from a musical stanza in Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem Sussex, in which he describes the county as ‘beloved over all’. A hymn to the beauty of place, Kipling saw his enchantment with Sussex as deeply rooted in an understanding of locality, a belief that the cottages, hedgerows, green rolling hills, seafronts, hidden coves and woodlands were all integral part of connecting real people to their historical pasts. Each of the selected works in Fair Ground speak to this idea of myth and memory, continuing to mark Sussex as a place of visual poetry.

This year, Fair Ground returns with a celebration of painting in Sussex with new work by 16 artists. The exhibiting artists are: Dawn Aldridge, Tom Benjamin, Nick Bodimeade, Faye Bridgwater, Nick Bush, Morag Caister, Steph Fawbert, Linda Felcey, The Baron Gilvan, Geoff Hands, Rebecca Magner, Ptolemy Mann, Katie Sollohub, Dawn Stacey, Agnes Treherne and Clare Maria Wood.

All works are framed apart from the paintings by Morag Caister. To discuss framing or for further information about the show, please contact our Curator –

You can view Fair Ground in person on 21 November at our first Art Open Day. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

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