Best of Sussex artwork on display in Horsham this week

Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Jennifer White and her "World War I Lancer" in pencil and Jo Hudson and her "Reflections" in watercolour. SR1519400 Pic Steve Robards SUS-150815-104917001
Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Jennifer White and her "World War I Lancer" in pencil and Jo Hudson and her "Reflections" in watercolour. SR1519400 Pic Steve Robards SUS-150815-104917001

Spectacular paintings and intriguing sculptures produced by some of the finest artists in Sussex are currently on display at the Drill Hall in Horsham.

The Association of Sussex Artists is showcasing a collection of items, which are available for purchase, in Denne Road this week.

Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Event organiser Derek Golledge with Deborah Forsdyke's "Bendy Fish". SR1519395 SUS-150815-104856001

Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Event organiser Derek Golledge with Deborah Forsdyke's "Bendy Fish". SR1519395 SUS-150815-104856001

Derek Golledge, chairman of the group, said interest has been high this year, particularly at the invitation-only private view.

The exhibition opened to the public last week and ends on Friday August 21.

Derek said: “It has been very, very successful. This year was possibly the busiest on the private view, which was last Wednesday (August 12).

“Every year it is crowded but this year was particularly so - we had a good few hundred people in here.

Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Patrick Duff's "Centre of Attention". SR1519419 SUS-150815-105020001

Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Patrick Duff's "Centre of Attention". SR1519419 SUS-150815-105020001

“It shows we have a very healthy following of people who have bought from us in the past.”

Derek explained that the sheer number of organisations involved in art in Horsham presents a challenge to the district’s various art groups.

However, he added that art remains popular in the area, and said he would not have assumed the role of chairman of the association if the future was not bright.

He said: “The biggest problem I find is that there is an oversaturation of art in Horsham, there is a lot of people trying to sell art which makes it difficult.

Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Terry Copping's "Image One". SR1519438 SUS-150815-104602001

Horsham Artists' annual exhibition. Terry Copping's "Image One". SR1519438 SUS-150815-104602001

“The museum holds fantastic exhibitions that are very well subscribed, and there are two or three more private galleries.

“We get so many people here year after year.”

The Association of Sussex Artists has been running since 1928, with this their 104th exhibition.

Among the highlights of this collection are Alison Ingram’s colourful oil painting of a peacock as well as some impressive abstract paintings.

A number of local artists’ pieces have been sold already.

Derek added: “The artists come from all over Sussex. There is a lot of talent in Sussex, not only Horsham and Crawley but in Mid Sussex and the south coast.”

The exhibition is ongoing this week.

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