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Arts and crafts in West Sussex

West Sussex (including Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing) is in the South East of England. It has a population of around 807,000 and covers approximately 199,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: East Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey.

County flag of West SussexThe county town of West Sussex is Chichester, where you can visit Pallant House Gallery which has a large collection of 20th century British art and Chichester Cathedral, that in addition to its impressive Norman and Gothic architecture is noted for its modern works of art. Located near Chichester, Goodwood House is a 17th century stately home which has an extensive art collection, including paintings by Canaletto, Joshua Reynolds and George Stubbs as well as tapestries and ceramics. The estate is a venue for a range of events and is home to the Cass Sculpture Foundation, where visitors can see a variety of sculptures among the picturesque landscape and purchase the work created by contemporary artists. Performing arts venues in West Sussex include the Capitol Theatre in Horsham, The Hawth Theatre in Crawley, Chichester Festival Theatre, Connaught Theatre in Worthing and Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea.

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in the village of Singleton has dozens of buildings from previous centuries, which were moved from their original locations and reconstructed on the site. Inside they have been furnished and decorated as they would have looked in the past, whilst outside the landscape and farm animals add to the sense of how people once lived and worked. The museum also runs country events and activities, such as demonstrations of traditional rural crafts. The Worthing Museum and Art Gallery has a large collection of textiles and costumes from the 17th to 21st century, along with collections of toys, dolls, paintings and sculpture. Other attractions in West Sussex include Arundel Castle, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, Petworth House, Fishbourne Roman Palace, the ruins of Cowdray Castle near Midhurst, South Downs National Park, Worthing Pier and Tilgate Park in Crawley.

There is an excellent arts and crafts house in East Grinstead called Standen. You can see house interiors by William Morris, William AS Benson and William De Morgan.

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Craft Fair

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 1 June 2024

South of England Show

South of England Show

South of England Showground, Haywards Heath., Ardingly, West Sussex

Friday, 7 June 2024 (3 day event)

Textured Art Workshop - Wings

Textured Art Workshop - Wings

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 (2 day event)

Textured Art Workshop - Strawberries and Cream

Textured Art Workshop - Strawberries and Cream

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Wednesday, 26 June 2024 (2 day event)

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Craft Fair

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 13 July 2024

Reflections - Textured Workshop

Reflections - Textured Workshop

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Tuesday, 16 July 2024 (2 day event)

Fabric Art Workshop

Fabric Art Workshop

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Tuesday, 6 August 2024 (2 day event)

Underpainting oils workshop

Underpainting oils workshop

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Thursday, 12 September 2024

Folk and Bespoke Artisan Craft Fair

Folk and Bespoke Artisan Craft Fair

The Grange Community and Leisure Centre, Midhurst, West Sussex

Sunday, 15 September 2024

September Craft Fair

September Craft Fair

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 22 September 2024

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Craft Fair

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 28 September 2024

Moody Skies - Textured Art Workshop

Moody Skies - Textured Art Workshop

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Tuesday, 15 October 2024 (2 day event)

November 3rd Winter Craft Fair

November 3rd Winter Craft Fair

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 3 November 2024

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Craft Fair

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 9 November 2024

Snow Peaks - Textured Art Workshops

Snow Peaks - Textured Art Workshops

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Thursday, 14 November 2024

November 17th Winter Craft Fair

November 17th Winter Craft Fair

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 17 November 2024

Aurora Lights - Christmas Textured Workshop

Aurora Lights - Christmas Textured Workshop

Fiona J Rose Art Gallery, Village Square, Angmering, West Sussex

Tuesday, 3 December 2024 (2 day event)

Folk and Bespoke Artisan Craft Fair

Folk and Bespoke Artisan Craft Fair

The Grange Community and Leisure Centre, Midhurst, West Sussex

Sunday, 8 December 2024

Christmas Craft Fair 8th Dec

Christmas Craft Fair 8th Dec

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 8 December 2024

Sue Pearson

Sue Pearson

Crawley, West Sussex

I have for sometime , worked with a variety of arts and craft media, but I am now focused ...

Umbrella Events

Umbrella Events

Storrington, West Sussex

Fayre organiser mainly craft fairs over the last 20 years in West Sussex We try to find ...

Witherdens

Witherdens

Billingshurst, West Sussex

This all started with a discussion I had with a friend of mine (an ex-printer the same ...

Spirit Gemstone Jewellery

Spirit Gemstone Jewellery

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Hi my name is Janette, owner, designer and maker at spirit gemstone jewellery. I specialise ...

ONE Home Fragrance

ONE Home Fragrance

Worthing, West Sussex

Introducing our luxurious collection of home fragrances! Transform your living space ...

Gardens of the Sea All Natural Candles

Gardens of the Sea All Natural Candles

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Gardens of the Sea is an all-natural candle brand. My candles are made using rapeseed ...

Foreshore Creations

Foreshore Creations

Littlehampton, West Sussex

I have been creating art for many years, but living close to the sea has given me more ...

SAFIYA Scentful Aromas

SAFIYA Scentful Aromas

Crawley, West Sussex

I started making wax melts as I was fed up of buying candles/ melts that I could hardly ...

Cherry Parsons Art

Cherry Parsons Art

Horsham, West Sussex

herry Parsons, a Horsham native, transitioned from owning a 70s fashion boutique to becoming ...

Jacqueline Jermyn

Jacqueline Jermyn

Arundel, West Sussex

My love for art led me to pursue a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, a journey of learning ...

Rosewood Floral Art

Rosewood Floral Art

Horsham, West Sussex

Rosewood Floral Art specialises in unique and luxurious style of floral arrangements ...

Wolfsoulaccessories

Wolfsoulaccessories

Worthing, West Sussex

Collections: Nostalgia Nostalgia collection: Combining the antique look with modern design. ...

David Glare Illustrator

David Glare Illustrator

Lancing, West Sussex

I have been painting and drawing illustrated artwork books about my youngest son growing ...

Ieyan Boa Shoes

Ieyan Boa Shoes

Middleton on sea, West Sussex

Ieyan Boa are a small shoe brand based in the UK. Currently we have a collection of 5 ...

JinnieLizz Creations

JinnieLizz Creations

Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex

Maker of beautiful affordable resin creations, many designed to enhance a love of coastal ...

EllaJFlowers

EllaJFlowers

Worthing, West Sussex

In the height of lockdown, I decided that it was high time that I married my obsession ...

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Storrington, West Sussex

I own my own Pop-up boutique attending many shows and fairs in the South east. I work ...

Crafty Trish

Crafty Trish

Arundel, West Sussex

Hi my name is Trish I have been crafting for over 40 years, I am an experienced seamstress ...

AnonWolf Studios

AnonWolf Studios

Crawley, West Sussex

My business focuses mainly on, mascot style costumes and cosplay. I also offer props ...

Jesmonite and Resin Crafts by Nuch

Jesmonite and Resin Crafts by Nuch

Rustington, West Sussex

Jesmonite and Resin Crafts by Nuch sells beautiful handmade Epoxy resin and Jesmonite ...

Mrs Glitters

Mrs Glitters

Worthing, West Sussex

Hi, Iím Julie. I have a small home crafting business, particularly focusing on handmade ...

Karacoo art

Karacoo art

Lancing, West Sussex

I paint and draw wildlife and local landscapes using acrylic, pastel and coloured pencils. ...

Lindylous creations

Lindylous creations

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

I find designs that make me giggle on to tee-shirts, mugs and tote bags for all ages ...

Forest Interior

Forest Interior

Arundel, West Sussex

Hello! My name is Megan and I founded Forest Interior in 2020 with the promise to create ...

Eternal Essence

Eternal Essence

Chichester, West Sussex

Founded in 2021, Eternal Essence is a small business that sells wax melts and burners, ...

debbies handmade gifts

debbies handmade gifts

Littlehampton, West Sussex

We provide handmade items for all occasions, locally made and including items such as ...

Micheles Candles and more

Micheles Candles and more

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Personalised hand decorated battery wax candles and tealights. Wedding favours, birthdays, ...

Yellow Dog Astro

Yellow Dog Astro

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Quality homemade costume jewellery made to unique designs using crystals, pearls, metals ...

little leaf place

little leaf place

Worthing, West Sussex

Hi Iím Sam! Iím an artist who loves painting and plants. Combining the two, I love to ...

Melanders Crafts

Melanders Crafts

Horsham, West Sussex

I have been crafting for over 6 years now though my shop is fairly new, I handmake and ...

GlamDecs

GlamDecs

Worthing, West Sussex

My name is Nicola and I created GlamDecs after finding a passion for making decorations. ...

Baszx design

Baszx design

Worthing, West Sussex

I am a professional photographer and a graphic designer. Iíve been creating poster art ...

GoDreams

GoDreams

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Hello everyone. Im Julia. Im from Ukraine. For a long time I dreamed of owning a business. ...

Glass by Emma

Glass by Emma

Horsham, West Sussex

Glass by Emmas range includes glass inspired necklace, bracelets, earrings and rings ...

Twang Love Nature

Twang Love Nature

Horsham, West Sussex

Twang Soap are made from quality plant oils and botanical extracts. Scent with essential ...

Blueskypaperie

Blueskypaperie

Worthing, West Sussex

We are part of the old flamingo paperie / phoenix card company . We specialise in quality ...

A floral escape

A floral escape

Worthing, West Sussex

I have been obsessed with flowers for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I ...

I have been taking part in an art trail in Steyning in Sussex

I have been taking part in an art trail in Steyning in Sussex

Lancing, West Sussex

Over the last 2 weekends I have been taking part in the Steyning art trail in Sussex ...

Revisiting Pictures in Lockdown

Revisiting Pictures in Lockdown

Crawley, West Sussex

Ive learned a new skill in lockdown - needlefelting. Up until now Ive just been a wet-felter. ...

Art and Craft Inspiration During Lockdown

Art and Craft Inspiration During Lockdown

Crawley, West Sussex

Having decided to sort out my cupboards and drawers, I thought I would use some of the ...

Scarves in the Garden

Scarves in the Garden

Crawley, West Sussex

At last I have been able to photograph my latest scarves and one pashmina, in the garden, ...

Manila

Manila

Crawley, West Sussex

Have just about recovered from jet-lag, after visiting our daughter and family in Manila. ...

Bamboo Fabric

Bamboo Fabric

Crawley, West Sussex

The two BambooCotton Scarves which I have just put on my shop items, are handwoven, one ...

New Necklaces for the Autumn

New Necklaces for the Autumn

Crawley, West Sussex

Having fractured my ankle skate boarding down the stairs at home, and non-weight bearing ...

In A Summer Garden

In A Summer Garden

Crawley, West Sussex

Oh how I loved making the most of the day, photographing my latest collection of scarves ...

Memories

Memories

Crawley, West Sussex

Back home, having stayed for two and a half weeks, in a somewhat tropical atmosphere ...

The Season of Autumn

The Season of Autumn

Crawley, West Sussex

With inspiration from An Autumn Garden, and before the clocks are changed! new hand-made ...

Summer in the Garden

Summer in the Garden

Crawley, West Sussex

I am now able to do some felting in a shed/garden behind our garage, which is absolutely ...

Manila Museum

Manila Museum

Crawley, West Sussex

The design on this pashmina was inspired by the old woven textiles in the Museum in Manila. ...

New Images in Manila

New Images in Manila

Crawley, West Sussex

Going to stay with our daughter in Manila for a few weeks, who is living there with her ...

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Crawley, West Sussex

Yesterday I attended my last craft fair before Christmas, and this year, during which ...

Scarves ready for Christmas

Scarves ready for Christmas

Crawley, West Sussex

I have just added four more scarves to my craft stall. It was great that I was still ...

Autumn Glory

Autumn Glory

Crawley, West Sussex

In this glorious Autumn weather, producing wonderful colours, it has been great to be ...

Sunsets

Sunsets

Crawley, West Sussex

The wonderful sunrises and sunsets we have been seeing recently, inspired me to hand-felt ...

New Approaches

New Approaches

Crawley, West Sussex

I have been busy overhauling my craft stall, as we begin the countdown to Christmas!! ...

Picture A Homage to William Morris

Picture A Homage to William Morris

Crawley, West Sussex

My latest picture added to my shop window, and this one as well, are my interpretations ...

Necklaces for the Height of Summer

Necklaces for the Height of Summer

Crawley, West Sussex

I am busy making new necklaces, very bright for the height of summer. Large hand-made ...

China Memories

China Memories

Crawley, West Sussex

Two of my latest pashminas, have been influenced by my memories of China. The colours ...

The China Influence

The China Influence

Crawley, West Sussex

My husband and I have just returned from our fourth holiday staying with our daughter ...

Thank you Teacher

Exhibitor

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Decorate a candle with a picture drawn by your child as a special thank you to their ...


Ted Walker

(Born 1934 in Lancing in West Sussex), Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

He was a journalist, writer of short stories, poet and broadcaster. His poem the Fox on a Barn Door is about his view of the countryside of Sussex.

Hammond Innes

(Born 1913 in Horsham in West Sussex), Fiction, Nonfiction

Innes was a prolific novelist with around thirty titles to his name. He also wrote childrens books and non fiction on travel.

Anton Dolin

(Born 1904 in Slinfold in West Sussex), Dance

Dolin founded numerous ballet companies and was a principal ballet dancer and choreographer. He studied with two notable ballet dancers, Bronislava Nijinska and Serafima Astafieva. He danced the lead in many classical ballets and was considered a leading partner in his time. He wrote a number of books on dance, including Ballet Go Round, Pas de Deux, the Art of Partnering, Alicia Markova, his own Autobiography and The Sleeping Ballerina. Which was the story of the prima ballerina Olga Spessivtzeva.

Eric Gill

(Born 1882 in Steyning in West Sussex), Calligraphy, Sculpture, Stone carving

A now controversial character, best known for the stone carving of Ariel Between Wisdom and Gaiety at Broadcasting House in London and North and South Wind on the Grade 1 listed 55 Broadway that overlooks St James Park.

William Hayley

(Born 1745 in Chichester in West Sussex), Nonfiction, Pottery and ceramics

Schooled at Eton and Cambridge, Hayley was the biographer of William Cowper the English poet.

Thomas Otway

(Born 1652 in Trotton in West Sussex), Fiction

The Orphan and Venice Preserved were some of his best known works.