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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.

Winter Craft and Gift Fair

Winter Craft and Gift Fair

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 13 November 2022

FOUR SEASONS CRAFT EVENTS

FOUR SEASONS CRAFT EVENTS

Bersted Jubilee Hall, North Bersted, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Saturday, 19 November 2022

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair with Santas Grotto

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair with Santas Grotto

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 27 November 2022

CHICHESTER INDOOR CHRISTMAS MARKET

CHICHESTER INDOOR CHRISTMAS MARKET

Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester, West Sussex

Sunday, 27 November 2022

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair December

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair December

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 4 December 2022

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 29 April 2023

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 10 June 2023

Charity Summer Craft Fair Fun Day and Fun Dog Show

Charity Summer Craft Fair Fun Day and Fun Dog Show

Norfolk Pavilion Ardingly South of England Show Ground, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Saturday, 17 June 2023 (7 day event)

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 29 July 2023

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 23 September 2023

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Craft and Gift Market

Chichester Assembly Rooms The Council House, Chichester, West Sussex

Saturday, 11 November 2023

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 ...

Cheryl Donlon Art

Cheryl Donlon Art

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

I知 inspired by everyday life and people but growing up in South Africa has given me ...

Wooden Gifts Boutique

Wooden Gifts Boutique

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

I make wooden products on the electric lathe and pole lathe i make wooden bowls, platters, ...

Krafty Kat

Krafty Kat

Barnham, West Sussex

Hi I知 Kat I致e always had a love for handmade , up-cycling and vintage so thought I壇 ...

Witherdens

Witherdens

Billingshurst, West Sussex

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

Mother and Me Melts

Mother and Me Melts

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

We are a Mother and Daughter small business created during the 2020 lockdown whilst in ...

Coastal Sunset Candles

Coastal Sunset Candles

Worthing, West Sussex

Small batch plant wax candles in recycled and recyclable jars with added high quality ...

Stylish Solutions Art

Stylish Solutions Art

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Welcome to Stylishsolutionsart: creative contemporary art and abstract paintings for ...

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 ...

Angies Gift Shop

Angies Gift Shop

Horsham, West Sussex

We are a home based company in Horsham specialising in flowers, fresh, dried and preserved. ...

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 ...

Ronas Beads Aboard

Ronas Beads Aboard

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Handmade unique gemstone and pearl beaded jewellery with sterling silver accents. The ...

Irmas Craft

Irmas Craft

Worthing, West Sussex

My name is Irma and I am a certified Deco ClayCraft Academy Instructor and founder of ...

Tiggidy Designs

Tiggidy Designs

Hassocks, West Sussex

Tiggidy Designs existed before it had an identity, once it had a name its purpose became ...

Stone cast certainty

Stone cast certainty

Worthing, West Sussex

I make stone cast garden animal ornaments, which are hand painted or left in their natural ...

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 ...

The Foragers Cottage

The Foragers Cottage

Chichester, West Sussex

Founded by Rhianne Jacklin after being made redundant during the first lockdown in 2020, ...

Kj s jems

Kj s jems

Worthing, West Sussex

I have just started making dimond painting pictures. These are pictures made up of very ...

David Glare Illustrator

David Glare Illustrator

Lancing, West Sussex

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

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 ...

CT Jewellery

CT Jewellery

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

I have been making and designing one of a kind polymer clay costume jewellery for over ...

Mrs Glitters

Mrs Glitters

Worthing, West Sussex

Hi, I知 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. ...

Apple Blossom Floral

Apple Blossom Floral

West Grinstead, West Sussex

Hello I知 Vicky, creator of unique dried flower designs including wreaths, bouquets, ...

Jane Cole Glass

Jane Cole Glass

Horsham, West Sussex

My name is Jane Cole and I graduated in 1987 with a BA hons degree in 3D design with ...

Eternal Essence

Eternal Essence

Chichester, West Sussex

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

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 ...

Sam Jackson

Sam Jackson

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Hi Im Sam, I am a Freelance photographer who loves creating images to be made into artwork ...

little leaf place

little leaf place

Worthing, West Sussex

Hi I知 Sam! I知 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. ...

The beginning of my journey as a Craftsman Part 1

The beginning of my journey as a Craftsman Part 1

Hassocks, West Sussex

So, with nearly a year spent perfecting the product range I wanted to send out into the ...

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 ...

All about Amethyst Gem of Fire

All about Amethyst Gem of Fire

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Whilst waiting for physical craft fairs to resume, Ive written this short blog to give ...

Where Japanese and Ukrainian culture merge

Where Japanese and Ukrainian culture merge

Worthing, West Sussex

How did it all begin? Everything was started by my daughter :) To be more precise, ...

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. ...

Positive Thoughts From Lockdown

Positive Thoughts From Lockdown

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Hi all, this is my first Blog on here. My name is Rona from RonasBeadsAboard. I have ...

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 ...

Kj s jems new designs

Kj s jems new designs

Worthing, West Sussex

Good afternoon crafters, I have recently had a long stay in hospital which was very hard ...

Kj s jems new designs

Kj s jems new designs

Worthing, West Sussex

Good afternoon crafters, I have recently had a long stay in hospital which was very hard ...

OPEN STUDIO FUNDRAISER EVENT

OPEN STUDIO FUNDRAISER EVENT

Horsham, West Sussex

I would like to let you know about my Open Studio fundraiser. My 13 year old daughter ...

Wooden gifts boutique

Wooden gifts boutique

Bognor Regis, West Sussex

I have just joined uk craftfairs so i am still new to all this i work out of my workshop ...

Good evening fellow crafters

Good evening fellow crafters

Worthing, West Sussex

Hi I wanted to let you know a little bit about me. I am new to crafting and new to diamond ...

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 ...


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.