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5 Must-see Exhibitions in Sussex

Posted 5 February 2019 by Andrew Gardner

The single standout

Chichester's Pallant House Gallery has recently acquired a beautiful bronze by Tracey Emin that will delight and surprise you, especially if you're only familiar with Emin's rebellious Young British Artist image and her infamous unmade bed. In fact, if you've seen her drawings you'll already know Emin is a superb draftswoman. Roman Standard is a small and very realistic bird that she describes as “a symbol of hope, faith and spirituality” and a point of contemplation, and it's one of six YBA works given to the gallery last year.

A new way of looking

The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne is bringing its vast collection out in different ways, starting with Figure Study II, curated by new gallery director Joe Hill. He's looking at how art can influence our perception and understanding of an area, and he's keen for everyone who lives near or is visiting Eastbourne to get to know the paintings through a series of displays selected by invited guests. Includes works by such luminaries as Elisabeth Frink, Richard Hamilton, John Piper, Patrick Heron and Walter Sickert. Until 28th April.

Look and buy

This year sees two new Sussex Art Fairs. In May there's the inaugural West Sussex Art Fair at glorious Goodwood Racecourse, with more than 120 contemporary artists exhibiting in this picturesque South Downs setting that's convenient for some of our loveliest holiday cottages. Then in October it's the turn of East Sussex, this time at Brighton Racecourse – perfect for many of our South Downs holiday cottages!

And the surprise outsider...

Nymans has an exhibition of original artwork from The Lost Words, the inspiring collaboration between nature writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris that took the book world by storm last year. If you haven't already come across it, it's a collection of illustrated spells celebrating the link between language and the living world. With plenty of events and activities to help us all bring nature back into our vocabulary and our hearts, I think this is a must-see. Until 2nd June.

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