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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 Fair

Winter Craft Fair

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Vintage Country and Craft Christmas Fair

Vintage Country and Craft Christmas Fair

Durrington Community Centre, West Durtington, West Sussex

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

Worthing High School, Worthing, West Sussex

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Christmas Craft FAIR

Christmas Craft FAIR

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 12 December 2021

New Year Craft and Gift Fair January

New Year Craft and Gift Fair January

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 30 January 2022

Mothers day Craft and Gift Fair

Mothers day Craft and Gift Fair

Field Place, Worthing, West Sussex

Sunday, 20 February 2022

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 ...

Praenuntia

Praenuntia

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Praenuntia brings together artists who make handcrafted jewellery. We feature a great ...

Cheryl Donlon Art

Cheryl Donlon Art

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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

Thingywotsits

Thingywotsits

Lindfield, West Sussex

Welcome! Let me tell you a little about how the Thingywotsits story began. I learned ...

Krafty Kat

Krafty Kat

Barnham, West Sussex

Hi Iím Kat Iíve always had a love for handmade , up-cycling and vintage so thought Iíd ...

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, ...

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 ...

Angies Gift Shop

Angies Gift Shop

Horsham, West Sussex

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

PS Fayres

PS Fayres

Storrington, West Sussex

Fayre organiser mainly craft and wedding fayres but have done table fairs too, over the ...

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 ...

Cwerky Creations

Cwerky Creations

Coldwaltham, West Sussex

l offer a quirky range of items designed and crafted mainly in paper. Cards for ALL occasions, ...

Irmas Craft

Irmas Craft

Worthing, West Sussex

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

Ribbon Rock and Rolls

Ribbon Rock and Rolls

Worthing, West Sussex

Hi All thank you for taking the time to look into our small family business. We are ...

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 ...

AmuletGB

AmuletGB

Pulborough, West Sussex

Hand made beaded jewellery, particularly bracelets. My jewellery is made to order, if ...

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 ...

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. ...

debbies handmade gifts

debbies handmade gifts

Littlehampton, West Sussex

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

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 ...

Isle of Wick Candle Company

Isle of Wick Candle Company

Seaview, West Sussex

I have been making candles for my own personal use for many years when a friend asked ...

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. ...

Apple Blossom Floral

Apple Blossom Floral

West Grinstead, West Sussex

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

Alison Crowe Jewellery

Alison Crowe Jewellery

Henfield, West Sussex

After working in higher education and studying art, craft and design history at masters ...

Pebbles Illustrations

Pebbles Illustrations

Shoreham, West Sussex

I design and hand paint coasters, vases plates and much more. I use acrylic paint. I ...

CT Jewellery

CT Jewellery

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

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

Charlies Charms

Charlies Charms

Chichester, West Sussex

I am turning my love of making beaded jewellery and accessories into my own little business. ...

Rovelle

Rovelle

Worthing, West Sussex

We are Rovianne and Ellen, sisters from Worthing. Rovianne started crocheting during ...

Lilys Little Treasures

Lilys Little Treasures

Middleton on Sea, West Sussex

Hello! Im Laura and I started up my little business in February this year, I discovered ...

Glass by Emma

Glass by Emma

Horsham, West Sussex

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

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. ...

Wisborough Green Farmers and Craft Market

Wisborough Green Farmers and Craft Market

Coldwaltham, West Sussex

I will be at the Market, tomorrow Thursday 14th March 9-1pm. Why not come and see my ...

Bamboo Fabric

Bamboo Fabric

Crawley, West Sussex

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

Let me introduce you to Jebril

Let me introduce you to Jebril

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Hello! Sometimes someone exceptional comes along, with a completely new outlook and ...

Flourish in Fittleworth

Flourish in Fittleworth

Coldwaltham, West Sussex

A fair promoting local makers and wellbeing specialists. I shall be selling seasonal ...

Love Hearts

Love Hearts

Coldwaltham, West Sussex

Planning a wedding? Love hearts? Let me design and make you a set of bespoke wedding ...

Fabulous Florals

Fabulous Florals

Coldwaltham, West Sussex

A flavour of my floral themed wedding stationery designs and motifs... Why not contact ...

Let me introduce to the one and only Chaimz Charms

Let me introduce to the one and only Chaimz Charms

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Hello, I hope that your week is starting happily despite the wet and grey weather. Today ...

And Today Please Meet GABRIELLE and LOUISA

And Today Please Meet GABRIELLE and LOUISA

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Hello! January is coming to its end which means that business should start picking ...

Let me introduce you to Twisted Workshop

Let me introduce you to Twisted Workshop

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Hello again! This week I have decided to introduce you to Brian from Twisted Workshop. ...

I have the pleasure to introduce you to ABU

I have the pleasure to introduce you to ABU

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Hello! We are very lucky at praenuntia.com to feature such a variety of talented artists. ...

The New Kid on the Block Ash Tree Arts

The New Kid on the Block Ash Tree Arts

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Hello again! I hope that you had a happy holiday season, with plenty of food and companionship. ...


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.