Ancient Saxon village shows its true colours

Steyning Arts Comes To Horsham
Steyning Arts Comes To Horsham

For over 1,200 years the artists of Steyning have created works inspired by their surroundings.

Now, in 2015, Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is showcasing recent creations by an artistic community that has been drawn to this ancient Saxon village.

Nestling in the lee of the Sussex Downs and with a heritage going back to the earliest days of Saints and Kings, Steyning inspires artists to create outstanding works in all media. From the powerful bright landscapes of Sarah Duffield (pictured), to the delicate fine reworking of nature by jeweller Katherine Lawrie, the exhibition ‘Steyning Arts Comes To Horsham’ will delight all.

It is not only the landscapes that inspire but also the rich natural history of a medieval market town that takes full advantage of the chalk downs and over 2,000 years of farming. These traits are explored with the delicate pictures of Julia White, with the fine tracery of ferns, while the majestic woodland of the scarp face that cradles Steyning is picture perfect in the art of Alison Milner-Gulland.

‘Steyning Arts Comes To Horsham’ reveals just how talented the small community is, how they inspire, challenge and work together to create a rich, dynamic artistic community.

From the glistening sculpture of Carol Wagstaff, the stained glass of Debbie Forsdyke, to photography by Frank Bull and linocuts of Carol Parker, Steyning Arts has real depth.

One of the features of this exhibition is the opportunity on five Saturdays to meet the artists, to enjoy good conversations with the creative minds behind the artworks on display. It adds another dimension to a multifaceted exhibition.

‘Steyning Arts Comes To Horsham’ enables 20 Steyning-based artists to give just a taste of what they achieve. Not only will it inspire artists and craftsmen but it will also encourage people to explore a truly fascinating medieval market town only 15 miles from Horsham, but in many respects another world.

The exhibition opens on March 10 and closes on May 9. Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (admission free). The Museum will also be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday from 11am to 4pm.