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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

Brighton, East Sussex

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

Artisan Craftworks

Artisan Craftworks

Polegate, East Sussex

I started making things for myself and very soon had people asking me to make them something. All my items are made by myself and include ...

Shaw Things Jewellery

Shaw Things Jewellery

Hastings, East Sussex

Handmade contemporary silver jewellery, mainly rings. Many designs have gemstones and small amounts of antique gold. I also do a range ...

Gillian Woolley Art

Gillian Woolley Art

Etchingham, East Sussex

I use acrylic and oil paints, pastels and inks on paper and canvas, producing abstract and figurative drawings and paintings. I like to ...

Sussex Fibre Art

Sussex Fibre Art

Brighton, East Sussex

I am a needle felt artist based in Brighton and always learning , I love being creative and working with wool is magical I have started ...

Crafty keepsakes

Crafty keepsakes

Forest row, East Sussex

Im a home.crafter. From cards to anythings really. All made by hand. I personalise for you by making my things unique x Cards bookmarks ...

NicePomPoms

NicePomPoms

Hove, East Sussex

I make handmade gifts from colourful designer fabrics from my studio in my garden! I make all sorts of items from vintage style aprons ...

Aztec Threads

Aztec Threads

Hartfield, East Sussex

At Aztec Threads we hope to help you find your Creative side, with our amazing collection of Inspirational Threads both for the sewing ...

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 ...

Marianne van Niekerken

Marianne van Niekerken

Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

A basket maker for 9 years now, I was taught by a woodsman and found the craft very therapeutic, in comparison to my busy job. So much ...

Fleurs Emporium

Fleurs Emporium

Eastbourne, East Sussex

We make wonderful lampshades that will compliment your home decor. We can accommodate any style or colour fabric. We also make lamps ...

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 ...

Mariann Berkecz

Mariann Berkecz

Hove, East Sussex

I was born 9th December 1974 in Szentes, I grew up in a lovely little village of Hungary called Derekegyház where Hungarian traditions ...

Daisy Sew

Daisy Sew

Lewes, East Sussex

I teach a variety of workshops to children and adults including dressmaking, feltmaking, textile decoration. I make small gifts including ...

Chris Cassisa

Chris Cassisa

Hastings, East Sussex

I design and make a variety of items such as fridge magnets, door signs, occasion signs, key holders and decorative plaques. I started ...

Days of Sewda

Days of Sewda

Eastbourne, East Sussex

I make a wide range of products. I love making bunting for weddings as much as I like making a personalised gym bag. I can also personalise ...

Silver Nutmeg

Silver Nutmeg

Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

Sterling silver jewellery findings, wires, semi-precious gemstone beads, Czech glass beads. Commissions in sterling silver welcome. We ...

Totally Archive DVDs

Totally Archive DVDs

Eastbourne, East Sussex

I have now ceased trading............................................................................................................ ...

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, ...

Rolling Ruby

Rolling Ruby

Brighton, East Sussex

I design and handcraft jewellery using mainly polymer clay with sterling silver or silver plated findings. Current items include earrings, ...

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 ...

Brighton racecourse

Brighton racecourse

Brighton, East Sussex

Brighton Racecourse originates back to 1783, when the first official race meeting was held in the area. Now part of ARC, the site has become ...

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 ...

lincycrafts Linda Creswick

lincycrafts Linda Creswick

Lewes, East Sussex

I make jewllery, which includes enamel pendants, candle holders. I also work with pearls, stones, crystals and beads, in the form of bracelets, ...

Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess

Haywards Heath, East Sussex

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

Craftycarafts

Craftycarafts

Brighton, East Sussex

this is the second year for the event on Hove Lawns and promises to be a great day full of variety and energy.

Hello all xx

Hello all xx

Forest row, East Sussex

With summer coming Im looking forward to seeing new faces at the craft fairs this year.. New sunshine new inspiration


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.