Art & Crafts Events

Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival

West Dean College, West Dean

June 1-3, 10am-5pm

West Dean College, which has inspired artists, makers, designers and writers through the legacy of founder, artist and Surrealist patron Edward James, hosts a festival of contemporary arts and craft. Visitors can buy high quality crafts and prints, watch demonstrations, get hands-on in workshops and drop-in sessions and view installations from emerging artists. It’s also a rare opportunity to explore West Dean House and view material from the Collection. There is also a drop-in hands-on Craft Hut Trail round the gardens.

Phone 01243 811301 or visit

The Floral Fringe Fair

Knepp Castle, West Grinstead

Saturday-Sunday June 2-3, 10.30am-5pm

Entry £7.50/u14 £2/u4 free

This eclectic, quirky, foodie, arty plantaholics wildlife event with a vintage twist takes place in front of the John Nash-designed Knepp Castle, built in 1806, on the 1,416 hectare Knepp Estate. New for 2018 is a steampunk twist. Visitors are invited to dress in vintage style and there’s a chance to buy food from local producers and enjoy a picnic by the lakes.

Phone 07939 272443 or visit

Alchemy of Pigment and Pattern

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row

Monday June 4 (five days)


Learn the alchemy and processes involved in making your own watercolour and gouache paints, using roots, berries and minerals, and learning the processes of precipitating, grinding and binding. Using compasses and straight-edge, participants will also create mandalas that resonate with the planetary patterns.

Phone 0208 144 1089 or visit

Introduction to Bowl Turning

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester

Thursday June 7 (four days)


This is a chance to learn the necessary skills to convert a piece of wood into a finished piece. Participants learn the safe use of tools and working practices, tool selection and sharpening, an understanding of timber, grain orientation on the lathe, design, finishing and an open-minded approach to woodturning. There will be a cost of £15 for timber, Abranet and disc abrasives, and finishes including oils, lacquers and waxes.

Phone 01243 818300 or visit

The Henfield Festival of Gardens & Arts


Various venues, Henfield

Saturday-Sunday June 9-10


Celebrating the community and future of the village of Henfield, the festival invites artists to display and sell their work, musicians to perform, community venues to become the location for art to be displayed and music to be performed, and residents to open their gardens to the public. Pictures: Mike Ainscough.


Needlework on Display

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough

Wednesday-Sunday June 13-24, normal House opening hours

Normal admission charges apply

Parham is home to possibly the finest and most important collection of 16th and 17th century embroidery in the country. Visitors will have an enhanced opportunity to discover Parham’s needlework collection, including items that are not normally on display.

Phone 01903 742021 or visit

Linoprint with Emma Taylor

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Wednesday June 13, 10am-2pm

£55 – all materials included

This workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to explore lino printing techniques for the first time or extend previous knowledge on a larger scale. The gardens (pictured) will be used as inspiration, looking at beautiful flowers and foliage to design simple motifs. These designs will then be hand-carved into soft cut lino, which gives wonderfully clean prints. A small edition will be printed onto varied papers, textiles and backgrounds. Also explored will be three colour reduction lino printing techniques for those more confident. Most participants will produce variations of their design with layers of different colours.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

Needlework on Display 

Parham House, Parham Park, Pulborough

Wednesday-Sunday June 13-24, 2-5pm

Normal admission charges apply

Home to possibly the finest and most important collection of 17th century embroidery in the country, Parham is hosting a special needlework display this summer to give visitors the chance to discover its needlework collection. Alicia Pearson and her mother, Lady Brabourne, formed the needlework collection at Parham in the early part of the 20th century. Both were very accomplished needlewomen and had collected all their lives. Some of the pieces they created can still be seen in the House today. Parham’s remarkable collection of tapestries and embroideries will be joined by a number of pieces that date from the 18th century and are not normally seen by visitors. These include various samplers embroidered by very young girls, which are especially impressive and very touching.

Phone 01903 742021 or visit

Beespace Workshop – 3D Paper – with Miranda Ellis

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Saturday June 16, 10am-2pm

£50 including materials

Beespace is an art project held at Sussex Prairie Garden this summer, examining the micro and macro worlds of the bee in order to gain greater understanding and empathy with this threatened species. Led by glass sculptor Miranda Ellis, this inter-disciplinary project aims to explore the gardens through the perspective of a bee. Hebe Vernon Morris, experienced printmaker and 3D artist will be joining forces with Miranda to offer three workshops linked to the glass-making process to compliment Miranda’s sculptures in the Sussex Prairie Garden. This workshop mixes 3D and printed paper, taking participants through the steps of creating a simple mould, into which paper will be pressed to create an individual three-dimensional sculpture. Instruction will also be given to make a wire frame to support your piece. Different options will be provided for paper, style and colour. Participants can take their creation home or add it to the central bee comb structure that is part of the BeeSpace installation.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

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