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

Steyning Arts is run by a Core Committee, assisted by an active Planning Group (consisting 20 members) that helps make decisions and divide up tasks between volunteers.

Committee Roles:
Co-Chairs: Jenny Wightwick and Amanda Duke
Finance: Caroline Darke
Website and Instagram: Elizabeth Wilkinson
Website and Facebook: Melissa Birch
Art Trail Venue co-ordinators: Jean Griffiths and Tamar Rose
Meet the Artist co-ordinator: David Wise
Minutes: Eve Chalcraft
Membership Secretary: Geoff Barnard

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

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