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Arts and crafts in East Sussex

East Sussex (including Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Hove, Lewes, Rother and Wealden) is in the South East of England. It has a population of around 800,000 and covers approximately 179,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Kent, Surrey, West Sussex.

County flag of East SussexEast Sussex is part of the historic county of Sussex and its geography has resulted in waves of invasion and settlement, leaving behind a richness of archaeological remains. Along its southern border with the English channel you will find popular coastal resorts, such as Brighton and Hastings. Among the counties attractions are Charleston Farmhouse, a meeting place for members of the Bloomsbury group, influential early twentieth century writers, philosophers and artists. The house and gardens were also home to Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, who along with Quentin Bell painted murals at Berwick Church, that attract thousands of Bloomsbury Pilgrims each year. The site of the Grade 1 listed church also provides an excellent view of the South Downs. Performing arts venues in East Sussex include the Eastbourne Bandstand, the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne, the Theatre Royal Brighton, Hailsham Pavilion, Theatre Royal Brighton and the Brighton Dome.

The Royal Pavilion was built between the late 18th century and early 19th century and is an iconic building in Brighton, recognised around the world. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is housed within a building situated in the Royal Pavilion gardens. A range of exhibitions and events are held at the museum and art gallery, which has permanent collections including furniture, pottery, jewellery, fashion, textiles, glass, paintings, prints and sculpture, with exhibits from Britain and around the world and across many periods of history. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery houses collections including natural history, social history, and fine art. It also serves as a venue for a range of events, including temporary exhibitions of arts and crafts created by local artists and designers. Other attractions in East Sussex include Brighton Pier, Rye Heritage Centre, Southover Grange Gardens, Brighton Toy and Model Museum, the ruins of Bodiam Castle and Seven Sisters Country Park.

Mega Lily Design

Mega Lily Design

Hove, East Sussex

Starting out in March 2016, MegaLilyDesign is a solo designer and maker of greeting cards, little framed papercut butterflies and resin ...

Aztec Threads

Aztec Threads

Hartfield, East Sussex

Aztec Threads are based at the Creative Studio Hartfield in the heart of Winnie Pooh country, an idyllic location just to chill and be ...

Fat Pigeon Art

Fat Pigeon Art

Brighton, East Sussex

Im a Dad of two great kids. I do digital art which is printed or turned into tea towels, tshirts, etc. I do commissions but really enjoy ...

Custard Creations

Custard Creations

Eastbourne, East Sussex

I create unique crocheted dolls including clothes and accessories from my own patterns. The dolls are all individually styled and with ...

I Dream of Dragons

I Dream of Dragons

Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

The Dragons of Yarrum are individual polymer clay dragons that can stand alone or be attached or incorporated onto most items, provided ...

Bauble and Box

Bauble and Box

Battle, East Sussex

The jewellery comes directly from Rajasthan, India with many pieces containing semi-precious stones such as amethyst, topaz and moonstone. ...

Orchard Blacksmith

Orchard Blacksmith

Framfeild, East Sussex

Orchard Blacksmith is stamping a new name on blacksmithing. Striving to push and create spectacular iron work form scalpers to gates, lamps ...

Winter nights hobby

Winter nights hobby

Stonegate, East Sussex

It started as a hobby for the long dark winter nights I toiled away for hours under my LED bright lights It was such a long dark winter ...

Sue Branch Art

Sue Branch Art

Heathfield, East Sussex

Painting is my passion and I paint using oils, although I have used acrylics, which I like very much, especially if painting away from ...

Lizzie Kershaw

Lizzie Kershaw

Hove, East Sussex

I a designer maker of silver and gold jewellery which is largely based on botanical forms. Each piece is created at my jewellery bench ...

jess levine

jess levine

Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

my mixed media collage, uses various fine art techniques and approaches e.g. printmaking, drawing, photography and painting. My work ranges ...

Colins Bird Tables

Colins Bird Tables

Bodiam, East Sussex

This business started by my dad over 20 years ago designs and constructs bespoke bird tables and dovecotes. Taking over the business this ...

Su Douglas

Su Douglas

Burwash, East Sussex

I have, over many years dabbled in many arts and crafts some more successfully than others. In more recent times I found needle felting ...

Fitz Boutique

Fitz Boutique

Hellingley, East Sussex

I Up cycled crafts to save waist from land fills. Crochets for adults - baby’s. Art work mixed media, acrylic pours and acrylic paints. ...

KIVULI

KIVULI

Brighton, East Sussex

We at KIVULI specialise in handcrafted products for your pets, our collars, leads and harnesses for dogs are made by master craftsmen in ...

Little Musings

Little Musings

Bexhill, East Sussex

Designer of fabric and surface pattern, also designer of MDF products and decorations. All hand painted, personalised and perfect for gifts ...

Sliver of Light

Sliver of Light

Polegate, East Sussex

After many years designing and printing a variety of products we have recently decided to put some old and new skills together to create ...

Madeleine Ellis

Madeleine Ellis

Lewes, East Sussex

Im an East Sussex based artist Im 28 years old. I took a different path in life after being a designer In London for the past 3 years. ...

Georgie Tease

Georgie Tease

Lewes, East Sussex

Georgie Tease produces figurative art in all sizes and price ranges. Saucy burlesque girls stand next to traditional life drawings and ...

The Arty Crafty Tart

The Arty Crafty Tart

Etchingham, East Sussex

I sell and make beautiful vintage and contemporary junk journals, travel journals and other paper crafted items. These can be purchased ...

Old Bakery Studio

Old Bakery Studio

Mountfield, East Sussex

Having been drawn to the outdoors, gardening and wildlife from an early age, I have also always enjoyed gardening, painting, photography ...

Dreaming of Rainbows

Dreaming of Rainbows

Haywards Heath, East Sussex

My products are all the colours of the rainbow. I make a variety of products, including beaded items, wet felted items and mosaic Christmas ...

Crafted Rainbow

Crafted Rainbow

Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

Our aim is to provide our customers with something very unique for the home, themselves or as gifts. We make handbags, shoulder bags, ...

Lavender and Lillie

Lavender and Lillie

Fairlight, East Sussex

Lavender and Lillie design and produce a wide range of luxurious handmade gifts from their base in East Sussex. Current product ranges ...

Lullaby Lil

Lullaby Lil

Hove, East Sussex

Hello, Im Lilly and I am the creator and designer for Lullaby Lil! All of my textile creations are designed and handmade by me, so that ...

Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess

Haywards Heath, East Sussex

Kikoi Bags. Bags of all sizes made from Kenyan Kikois.

Aztec Threads and Mabels Emporium

Aztec Threads and Mabels Emporium

Hartfield, East Sussex

We that is Aztec Threads are pleased to tell all our customers that from Saturday the 23rd November 2019 you will be able to see and purchase ...

Aztec Threads

Aztec Threads

Hartfield, East Sussex

We had a late Summer break and so are now refreshed, with lots of great new ideas for the Autumn/ winter season to bring you some lovely ...

Who are we Aztec Threads

Who are we Aztec Threads

Hartfield, East Sussex

Although we have been on this site for some years this is the first time I have done a Blog for this site. So Hello to all of you amazing ...

Abstract mixed media collage workshop for adults.

Abstract mixed media collage workshop for adults.

Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

I am teaching a two hour class in abstract mixed media collage processes. T Wells gallery, 3 a Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Sunday ...


Joan Aiken

(Born 1924 in Rye in East Sussex), Fiction, Nonfiction

She became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1999, for her services to literature. Her well know early works include The Whispering Mountain and Black Hearts in Battersea. Over the year she has written, plays and poems, period and modern novels, supernatural and magic works, non-fiction and worked with illustrators on picture books.. In all she wrote more than a hundred piece, and readers of her works gained many new friends.

Aubrey Beardsley

(Born 1872 in Brighton in East Sussex), Painting, Sculpture

Aubrey Beardsley, British artist, helped to develop the Art Nouveau and poster styles.

Robert Bevan

(Born 1865 in Hove in east sussex), Painting

Robert Bevan, British artist. As well as painting, he also worked as a lithographer and draughtsman and he was a member of the Camden Town Group.

Edward Carpenter

(Born 1844 in Hove in East Sussex), Poetry

He was an influential poet who promoted the simple life and the arts and crafts movement. He was concerned with the plight of the common working poor.

Marianne North

(Born 1830 in Hastings in East Sussex), Art

Marianne North, English artist, is best known for her botanical work.