ABOUT STEYNING ARTS

About Us

Steyning Arts was established in May 2011 and brings together over sixty local artists and craftspeople, both professionals and talented amateurs. Our aim is to:

  • showcase local artists across a broad range of artistic disciplines – including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, crafts and photography.
  • make our art accessible to the wider public – providing them with a chance to appreciate and buy work that is unique, locally created, and eminently collectable.
  • inspire budding artists to develop their talents.
  • build a community of artists and supporters that nurtures the creation and appreciation of art.

Exhibitions : Events : Inspiration

Most years we organise a Summer Art Trail in Steyning and surrounding villages, providing visitors with a chance to see artists’ work in their homes and studios.  A rich and eclectic mix of artwork and crafts is on display, with tea and cakes in some of the venues to sustain visitors while they are on the trail.

Steyning Arts Christmas Gift Fair and Art Exhibition  is an annual arts fair designed with Xmas gifts and decorations in mind.  Held in early December, at the Steyning Centre, it provides a true ‘Off the High Street’ shopping experience – a creative antidote to the impersonal, mass produced merchandise on offer elsewhere.

In between our regular shows we organise one-off exhibitions in galleries throughout Sussex – most recently at the Oxmarket Gallery, in Chichester.

Other events include our popular Meet the Artist evenings where Members and Friends of Steyning Arts can visit artists in their own homes to discuss their work in a friendly and informal atmosphere over a glass of wine.  Around six of these are organised each year, divided between a Spring and Autumn season. 

We also run Art in the Park events as part of the Steyning Festival.  We provide a professional model for life drawing, lay on all the materials, and invite budding artists of all ages to paint or sketch ‘en plein air’ – with experienced artists on hand to provide advice and encouragement.

How We Are Organised

How We Are Organised

Steyning Arts is run by a Core Team (about 10 members). Each year we have 3 planning meetings where any member can attend to help share ideas, make decisions and divide up tasks between volunteers. In addition to this Core Team members meet in smaller groups during the course of the year. We like to bring new people to the team and encourage members to discuss the roles with existing role holders and plan to take a turn. Its great experience and can be a good way to develop personal and professional networks.

Core Team Roles:

Co Chair

The Co-Chairs for Steyning Arts work closely together to nurture new ideas, help shape the evolving vision for Steyning Arts and make decisions based upon consultation with a wider core team and other members. This leadership role helps ensure the smooth running of Steyning Arts. Co-Chairs have an interest in supporting others in their roles, good communication skills and an ability to maintain and develop appropriate community networks. Confidence in steering and managing a broader team of volunteers is an important attribute. Whilst there are 2 key times in the year when most of the activity happens (Art trail, Christmas event) there is usually something to follow up and monitor throughout the year (pop up exhibitions etc.). Read full description

Membership Secretary

This role really does enable good communications between all members and the core team to work. Ensuring new members are welcomed, their contact details are secure, and they are included in our mailing systems is the main focus of the role. The membership Sec works closely with co-chairs to help review and edit all communications and publicity so that clear, well presented messages go out to members via google and Mailchimp and publicity via ‘Your Steyning’ and other relevant local media contacts is also important. Read full description

Treasurer

Being treasurer involves taking responsibility for Steyning Arts finances. Existing record keeping works very well, is straightforward and user friendly. The treasurer tracks income and expenditure throughout the year – and into which categories that money fits – membership, art trail etc. familiarity with an excel spreadsheet and an interest in some simple numbers are what you need for this role. Most of the activity takes place between January to March with occasional through the year. Read full description

Minutes Secretary

It is important to keep good records and our minutes secretary records the AGM and 3 more planning meetings during the year. Read full description

Website Designer/Co-ordinator

Website designer/manager/editor. Occasional social media contributor. Read full description

Meet the Artist Progamme Co-ordinator

This is an exciting, member enabling role. The MTA programme co-ordinator helps to provide the framework for artists to meet. The 3 different contexts in which they can meet include ‘Meet the Artist’, ‘Member interest groups’ and ‘Artist showcase presentations’. The role involves enlisting members to run a calendar or events, setting up some Eventbrite dates, monitoring the sign up to events and reminding members of the event coming up. There is a flurry of activity in January/February before the calendar then roles out to members and then some monthly monitoring occurs. Read full description

Co – Art Trail Venue Co-ordinator

Sharing the Arts Trail coordinator role makes for good teamwork and lasting friendships are formed! Most of the activity takes place between February and March with occasional liaison through to the trail in May/June.

Co-ordinating the trail provides an excellent opportunity to match artists and venues so that the trail is carefully curated. Diplomacy and skilful communication is needed and an ability to match artists looking for venues to a communal setting or in the few spaces there may be available in artist houses form most of the activity. Read full description

Co – Christmas Event Co-ordinator

This is another role that makes for good teamwork where lasting friendships can be formed! Most of the activity takes place between September and early December. Leading on this event means creating great community spirit, providing an important opportunity for artists to sell their wares and supporting the values of shopping local. The roles include coordinating the exhibiting members, contacts at the venue, ensuring the event is advertised, devising a floor plan and managing all volunteer helpers on the day. Read full description

Steyning Arts Portrait Competition / Exhibition Co-ordinators Role
This role is up for grabs for anyone who would like to run with it. A previous member had an idea for a live Portrait competition to be held in the local parish Church. The Church is supportive of the idea. In 2020 a member volunteered and put together an online Portrait exhibition in lieu of the competition idea. He made an excellent job of it and his show reels can be found on the website. If anyone would like to run with the role of Portrait Competition for 2021 in any format any member can volunteer themselves for this role and make it their own.

The Co-Chairs, Jenny and Amanda, can be contacted by email at: steyningarts@gmail.com

 

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