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If you're looking for what's on in sussex this summer, this hidden Sussex garden has a lot to offer -Workshops, art, crafts, creative writing, live music, open garden, sculpture - there is something for everyone.

 

Summer Trifle is a two week-long showcase of local artists, musicians and craftsmen part-funded by a Big Lottery Fund grant. Discover the art of self expression at one of the varied workshops or relax and enjoy live music and theatre. Or have some tea and cake and simply stroll around the gardens taking in the various sculptures and soaking up the restorative force of nature to fire your inspiration. Free entry to the gardens, art & sculpture trail, craft show and some music performances. Workshops include painting, drawing, wood engraving, working with silk and glass, and a ukulele masterclass with Richard Durrant.

Summer Trifle - Discover arts and music in this hidden Sussex garden

GARDEN

OPEN GARDENS

5th - 20th August

11am - 7pm daily except Mondays.  Free entry.

 

Step into the grounds of Pickhams and enter a world of creativity, view the wide array of sculptures and art installations in the gardens and enjoy talking to artists about their work.

 

Wander around the enchanting, hidden gardens of Pickhams in Wilmington. Once a formal gardens, the years have matured the evergreens, weeping willows and silver birches to create secret, shaded enclosures. Ivy covered walls, a pond, pergola and secret walled garden all add to the charm.

GARDEN

ART

ART AND SCULPTURE TRAIL

5th to 20th August, free entry

11am - 7pm daily except Mondays 

 

Artists in Residence 

Lyn Dale & Nikki Davidson-Bowman

Whilst they think of their art processes as ‘playing’ they will be making informal work that grows, stays and changes, exploring the use of natural materials and textiles within the garden. Keep your eyes peeled for their ephemeral and hidden artworks throughout the garden and if you come across them playing, have a chat and maybe have a go!

Installation Artists

Keith Pettit 

Keith lives and works in his native Sussex. Driven by his life long urge to create, his artistic output takes many forms. An incredibly accomplished wood engraver, achieving increasing critical and commercial success.

His sculptures are equally varied; from the towering bonfires to more permanent public sculpture. Letter and lettering are a common thread throughout his career, when he first left school, traditional signwriter was his first calling and letter carving in both stone and wood continues that thread today.

Over arching all his various strands of work is a clear, keen empathy for his natural surroundings, tapping into the intimate knowledge we have gathered in the evolving interaction with our natural environment, often utilizing this knowledge in much of his work.

Exhibiting Artists

Mark Austin 

Mark will be exhibiting his unique sculptures which match the individuality and bring out the natural beauty in every piece of wood. MJA-WOOD, offering a range of bespoke woodturning, wood sculptures and artwork, was started in 2015 by Mark Austin.

Allan Mackenzie 

From his East Sussex Studio Allan creates sculpture in a full range of mediums including cold metals, stone resin, reconstituted stone and Jesmonite flexi metals. His current pieces use iron filings to bring to life sculptures that age with a finish that is ever changing in relation to the seasons as rust forms. Allan focuses on using solid art to bring sculpture into the home and garden giving each piece a place of permanent residency.

Jazz Dixon

Jazz's work is inspired by powerful emotions, from the beauty of the natural world to the interconnections of life.

"I am drawn to glass by its very nature and it’s interaction with light and colour, a material that is soft yet hard, strong yet fragile. I enjoy allowing the process to influence each piece, like an Alchemist, changing the material to create a final outcome."

Paul Sedgwick

Paul is primarily a stained glass artist who now has a fascination with concrete and slab glass. He is hugely inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and their ethics.

Geoff Pittman

Geoff creates hand-thrown stoneware pottery for both oven-to-tableware and ornamental use. The style of his work is in the “Leach” tradition and he is influenced by the aims of the Arts and Crafts Movement which is to create things that are both useful and beautiful. He has recently started making bird baths and is currently experimenting with a series of exciting designs and decoration.

"The craft is in the making; The art is making it beautiful."

Hilary Manuhwa

Hilary Manuhwa is a Zimbabwean sculptor who's work has it's roots in the traditional way of sculpting, expressing cultural and spiritual beliefs. He has enhanced this practice by incorporating themes of everyday life, or by producing work that comments on aspects of life in the 21st century.

'The Acciarinis'

Artists Tom (Master blacksmith) and Anna (Jack of several trades) photograph, forge, paint, carve and create all sorts of things.

For the Summer Trifle they are including some of their metal sculptures, to enhance an already heady mix of fabulous.

Photo by

Jim Holden

OTHER

YOGA, SOUND & CREATIVITY

Saturday 5th August - 10am - 1pm. £30 including vegetarian lunch. Bring your own mat. All levels welcome, though some experience of yoga would be helpful.

 

How can the practice of Yoga help us in our everyday lives to be more creative?

In this workshop we will explore yoga movements and breathing techniques to help create mental space and allow creative ideas to flow. We will use yoga postures, called ‘asana’, and sound to help calm the mind and create a sense of wellbeing. This will include learning the sacred Gayatri Mantra – a song to invoke sun and light.

Workshop leader Lindy Gillam, who trained with Viniyoga Britain (Post Grad) and the British Wheel of Yoga, has had many years’ experience in teaching both classes and one-to-one tuition in conjunction with osteopaths at the Dyke Road Natural Health Centre, Brighton. Lindy currently runs classes on a Monday afternoon at Arlington Village Hall.

MUSIC

WORKSHOP

THE RHYTHM WORKSHOP

Saturday 5th August 1.30 - 5.00pm. £5.

 

Create rhythms using a variety of items that most people have in their homes, such as buckets, saucepan and wooden spoons! Suitable for all ages from 10 years old upwards (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult).

 

Bring your own materials.

ART

WORKSHOP

CARTOONS for KIDS!

Tuesday 8th August 10am - 1pm. £ FREE (all children must be accompanied by an adult).

 

Aimed at children aged 8 to 12 years,  this cartoon workshop will have you creating exciting and funny characters, whether you think you can draw or not! You'll enjoy completing a set of very simple exercises to get you on your way, and cartoonist Andy Willard will be on hand to guide you through the simple processes involved, as well as offering all the tips and tricks of the trade you'll ever need to become a proper cartoonist!

Andy is a graphic designer, cartoonist and illustrator who has been working in the creative industry for nearly thirty years and now delivers specialised art courses and workshops in colleges, schools, galleries, hospitals and institutions across the South East and London.

CRAFT

WORKSHOP

CECILIA'S CRAFTY SESSION

Tuesday 8th August 1.00 - 4.00pm. £30 to include materials and refreshments.

 

Choose to make either a soft toy or a cork purse with Arty Crafty Cecilia. Everything is provided in kit form to make the purse using cork from Portugal or to make a soft toy using felt. Enjoy a cup of tea and cake and an afternoon of chatting and step-by-step making. Suitable for all. All materials included but bring your sewing box (scissors, needles, pins).

CRAFT

WORKSHOP

GLASS FUSION

Tuesday 8th August 1.30 - 4.30pm. £50 to include materials and refreshments.

 

Jazz Dixon BA hons - The Alchemist - will lead you through glass cutting and working with coloured glass powder, glass stringers, copper foil and wire to produce your own design in glass. You will make a fused glass suncatcher and a glass coaster which will be taken and kiln fired after the workshop. Collect the finished items at the end of the week or choose to have them delivered.

CRAFT

WORKSHOP

INTRODUCTION TO WOOD ENGRAVING

Wednesday 9th August 10am - 4pm. £80 to include materials, lunch and refreshments.

 

In this whole day workshop, Keith Pettit will introduce you to the basics of wood engraving - how to hold the tools and the different marks that can be made with them. You will initially work on a small practice block then design and work on your own engraving,  working towards doing some printing  at the end of the session. Bring along a piece of artwork that you can work up to a wood engraving - the finished  block will measure 75mm x 50mm.  Drawing experience is preferred.  Keith Pettit is a wood engraver, sculptor and bonfire sculpture builder from East Hoathly.

Keith Pettit, Seven Sisters. Image by J Holden

LITERATURE

WORKSHOP

CREATIVE WRITING

Wednesday 9th August  10.00 – 4.00pm  £50 to include sandwich lunch and refreshments .(Please mention dietary needs when booking.)

 

A fun and relaxing day’s writing course in the beautiful surrounds of Pickhams. The course is geared to people who would like to write, but haven’t yet taken the plunge, plus beginner writers who would like to learn how to improve their skills.

We will look at various techniques to improve and hone your writing, plus advice on critiques and writing competitions. We will be writing during the day, so please bring your writing pad and pencils. People who wish to read out their work will be encouraged to do so, but for the shyer writer, there will be no pressure to read.

 

The tutor is award winning author and experienced teacher, Jill Rutherford, who ran her own English School in Japan. She has written four books including a book of prize winning short stories. www.jillrutherford.co.uk

CRAFT

WORKSHOP

SILK PAINTING

A GLORIOUS DAY OF COLOUR

Thursday 10th August -  10am - 4pm. £80 to include materials, lunch and refreshments.

Can draw/Can't Draw? Doesn't matter! Amanda Rose will lead you through designing and painting your own work of art painted on silk. The workshop will be about  sharing the enjoyment of learning simple silk-painting techniques and then watching the colours do the work!  You will be creating a beautiful, multi-coloured piece of silk to take home with you.  We will build simple designs using nature in the beautiful setting of Pickhams as stimulus. www.amandarosesilks.com

ART

OTHER

ARLINGTON ART GROUP 

Thursday 10th August -  7 - 9 pm. £ 5 (AAG members free)

Untutored art session with Arlington Art Group in the marquee or gardens. All welcome. No need to book in advance. Bring your own materials and project to work on.

Refreshments available.

MUSIC

Friday 11 August

7:30 pm

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds (Duo)

The Equatorial Group

Tickets £5

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds (Duo)

Naomi Bedford is an English roots singer from Brighton. Her recent album, ‘A History of Insolence’  led to a Radio 2 Folk Award nomination in the Best Original Song category, alongside her musical partner Paul Simmonds, for ‘The Spider and the Wolf’. Naomi has performed regularly around the UK, most notably at Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and Celtic Connections where she was honoured to appear at the Alistair Hulett memorial concert.

MUSIC

Friday 11 August

7:30 pm

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds (Duo)

The Equatorial Group

Tickets £5

The Equatorial Group

The Equatorial Group was born in Eastbourne. Twe and Helen had already been bandmates for several years, singing backing vocals and playing keys and pedal steel.  Later Andy and Dave joined them to become essential parts of the sound that would become TEG. And then Mike, Andy's brother, had the ear to tie the band together. Their music has been described as ramshackle folk rock, languid Americana, not-quite-prog... but most importantly they believe it to be honest and heartfelt, tinged with their love of countrified sonic landscapes, and proudly displaying their many influences.

MUSIC

Sat 12 August

7:30 pm

Strum 'n' Bass

Sister Suzie

Tickets £5

Strum 'n' Bass

Describing themselves as ‘Skiffle infused Americana’ Strum ‘n’ Bass are a duo unlike any other. Al uses a unique percussion box housing a bass and click style drum worked by the feet, whilst simultaneously playing a home-made double bass and shaker ring. Martin plays acoustic guitar and provides lead vocals. Their repertoire is a mixture of catchy originals and re-worked covers, stripped bare and rebuilt in the style which suits the band. Think Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ in a Johnny Cash style, or Erasure’s ‘Sometimes’ played as hillbilly.

The set is diverse and upbeat. ‘Expect the unexpected, but expect to be entertained’.

MUSIC

Sat 12 August

7:30 pm

Strum 'n' Bass

Sister Suzie

Tickets £5

Sister Suzie

Catch this dynamic 'little lady with the big voice' who has been setting the London and South Coast clubs on fire as she mixes her Geordie Charm and irreverence with a blistering set of classic rhythm & blues, including a clutch of originals. Sister Suzie and her band give the classics a current twist to get you on your feet. The band is comprised of guitar stalwart Matt Jackson, rhythm section compatriots Brian Nevill & Darren Eddie Edwards and Mick 'sugarlump' Paice on sax and blues harp.

MUSIC

FOLK at the OLD OAK - ON TOUR!

Sunday 13th August. 4 - 9pm

Milton Hide host this monthly acoustic folk session at a change of venue just for August. Come and join us in the marquee at Pickhams.

With invited guests and open mic.

If you would like to play,

turn up by 4pm and

put your name on the list.

Free entry (collection for musicians)

MUSIC

Ukulele Circuit Training

Sunday 13th August 12 - 3pm.  £30  to include a light lunch. 

Suitable for mixed ability players aged twelve to one hundred and twelve

BRING YOUR OWN UKULELE.        Places limited to 30.

 

Richard Durrant - ukulele virtuoso, composer and sometime Producer of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

If your ukulele playing has plateaued, or you’re not sure which direction to take, then this immensely enjoyable and popular musical workout is the perfect solution.

Learn new ukulele techniques whilst developing a deeper more instinctive understanding of chords, notes and songs.  A friendly but exhilarating session of musical keep-fit designed to bring you closer to your inner uke.

This workshop can be used as an introduction to taking part in Richard’s Six Grooves for Ukulele.  A new concerto for solo ukulele, orchestra and audience ukulele players.

                           For more details contact info@richarddurrant.com

LITERATURE

MUSIC

GARDEN

POETRY and MUSIC in the GARDEN

15th August, 2 - 4:30pm. £5 per person. Refreshments available.

An informal afternoon of original poetry and music written and hosted by The Downland Poets together with The High Weald Poets. The Downland Poetry Society is over 40 years strong  with many award winning members.  The High Weald Poetry Society was formed a couple of years ago. Music will be provided by The Keith Willson Band, led by Keith, a member of the society and both poet and musician.

A Sussex theme will prevail and there should be time during this creative and original afternoon for some open mic offerings.         Marquee cover.

ART

WORKSHOP

PAINTING ABSTRACTS

Tuesday 15th August - 6-8pm. £50 to include materials and refreshments.

 

Artist Josie Tipler will show you some of the ways to produce a vibrant abstract painting using acrylic paints and mixed media. Bring your own sketchbook and brushes if you have them but all other materials will be provided.  Suitable for all abilities.

ART

WORKSHOP

DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE

Wednesday 16th  August - 10am - 4pm . £80 to include materials, lunch and refreshments.

 

Artist Josie Tipler will lead you step by step through drawing techniques in various different mediums including pencil, ink and chalk pastels. Subjects will range from still life, portraits and scenes of the wonderful surroundings in the grounds  of Pickhams. Suitable for beginners or those who would like to try a new approach.

CRAFT

WORKSHOP

WILLOW WEAVING

Thursday 17th August 10 am - 4pm. £80 to include materials, lunch and refreshments.

 

Dominic Parrette will teach you how to weave your own willow hare in buff willow using sculptural random weave techniques. Dom is a member of the Basketmakers Association with many years of experience in teaching rural crafts at venues including the Museum of English Rural Life and West Dean College. He is committed to the sustainable use of local woodlands, producing beautiful, functional products using traditional techniques.

ART

OTHER

PARIS IN THE 1890's:

ART AND HISTORY 

By Andrew G. Forrest

 

Thursday 17th August -  7pm £ 5 (AAG members free)

Organised by Arlington Arts Group. Refreshments available.

In this illustrated talk, Andrew Forrest examines the various types of painting popular (or not so popular!) in Paris at the time and features more traditional as well as more modern/avant garde styles. An interesting aspect of the subject is what the paintings reveal of the social habits and pastimes of Parisians, their transport and entertainments.

Andrew will also look at the political scandals of the day and how these related to the world of the arts. The talk is not confined solely to Paris and French artists: where relevant, it refers to Gauguin in Tahiti, and also brings in non-French artists such as Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh and comments on the worlds of music and theatre.

THEATRE

THEATRE

STICK SOME SHOES ON AND LET'S GO!

18th August. Doors 7:15pm for 7:45pm start.  £10.  Bar.  Adults only.

 

Written by John Berry and Ellie Hale. Starring Ellie Hale, Matt Grief, Emma Howarth and Benjamin Taylor. A new comedy about the differences between the sexes and the way they’re celebrated. Or not. Whether you are blissfully unaware or analytically paranoid, the differences should be enjoyed and suffered together. This one hour comedy explores an array of silliness and sauciness, without taking anything it says too seriously.

THEATRE

MUSIC

OTHER

ARTISTES and ARTISTS 

19th August. 8:30pm - 11:00pm.  Doors 8:15pm.  Bar.  Adults only.

 

An evening of short comedy and music performances and a chance to meet some of the Summer Trifle artists and view additional work.

GARDEN

ART

CRAFT

ART AND CRAFT SHOW

19th and 20th August, 11am - 7pm Saturday, 11am - 5pm Sunday. Free entry.

(See also Artistes & Artists)

 

Submissions from exhibitors now invited - please see Contact Form

Visit the Art & Craft marquee and buy unique works direct from the makers. Featuring jewellery, ceramics, textiles, pottery, paintings and more. Exhibitors include Dizzy Daisy Designs, Andrew Cottingham, Helen Lavinia Moore, Margaret Worster, Jennifer Bisset, Art Crafty Cecilia, Pauline Crook and more.

Please note that not all exhibitors will be showing on both days so please check in advance if there is someone you particularly want to see.

ART

ART EXHIBITION

5th to 20th August, free entry

11am - 7pm daily except Mondays 

 

Located in the indoor gallery, this exhibition explores the use of different media in art.  

 

Josie Tipler works in acrylic on canvas and describes her latest works as 'almost abstract'. She will be showing additional work in the grounds of Pickhams including paintings on acrylic sheet and glass and mosaics.

Also exhibiting are -

Una Curthoys, abstract expressionism

Keith Pettit, wood engravings

Jazz Dixon, fused glass

Julia Desch, fibre art

Valerie Evans, feltwork

Mik Stevens, digital art

Gillian Church, embroidery

Dani Gill, quilting

Jacques Breuil, artist from Corrèze, France

Hare by Valerie Evans

Pickhams, Hayreed Lane,

Wilmington, East Sussex

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