For the first time last weekend Sedgwick Park House opened its doors to local artists as part of the Horsham Artists Open Studios.
This annual arts event held over the last two weekends in June, is an opportunity to enjoy seeing work from the best artists and makers in the area, who are producing affordable art and contemporary crafts, in a wide range of styles.
Sedgwick Park House, is a fabulous private residence set within 100 acres of rolling countryside, with breathtaking views of the South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring.
The Estate has meadows to the front, formal gardens to the rear, and the woodland site of Sedgwick Castle to the West, which dates back to the 13th century.
Many Arts enthusiast took the opportunity to visit Sedgwick Park over the weekend to enjoy this annual event, and meet three local artists exhibiting their work in the marvellous oak panelled ballroom.
Suzanne Terrington works mainly with wood, producing unique gifts made from driftwood and naturally finished wood. She specialises in mirrors, crafting driftwood into beautiful sea-sculptured frames. She also works with natural wood making some rustic coat-hooks, candle-holders and wall sconces.
All her work can be viewed on www.daisydriftwood.com
Esther Clark works in textiles using vibrant colours as a basis for making practical items such as bags, and decorative architectural wall-hangings and trompe-l‘œil patchwork portraits.
Former Tanbridge House school art teacher Gordon Ferrie has been modelling clay for a long time, and loves making things.
His glazes are mostly ash and clay sourced from Chichester harbour.
The things that he makes are based on myths and stories as well as the culture of living people.
Horsham Artists Open Studios will be open again on Saturday 23 and Sunday June 24 at Sedgwick Park House, as well as many other artist’s studios around Horsham.
For more information on Horsham Artists Open Studios visit www.horshamartistsopenstudios.co.uk