Ashdown Arts, established since the end of 2009, are a group of professional and semi-professional artists based in and around Forest Row, East Sussex.  The artists create outstanding contemporary fine art, crafts, photography and sculpture.  The group has been instrumental in bringing together artists and artisans of all disciplines from the community and encourages emerging artists to exhibit locally and further afield.

The aim is to promote the amazing local creativity, available on your doorstep, through exhibitions and workshops while cultivating a partnership with the community. The group wishes to make art accessible to everyone – adults, teenagers and children – and connect local residents, businesses and visitors through regular artistic cultural events.

The annual art exhibition, showcasing its members’ talents, has become a hugely successful event and has opened up a wide variety of opportunities for future collaborations. Many of the artists have exhibited in London and abroad and several have won awards.

This year, Ashdown Arts are very excited to be exhibiting in conjunction with the Forest Row festival as it is in accordance with the original aim of the group.  We look forward to many more innovative collaborations with future community events.

We strive to promote the artistic endeavours of the membership and in so doing, promote a strong local arts economy for the enrichment of the community and livelihood of the members. Through organisational structure and mutual co-operation we provide a framework for support, encouragement, resources, opportunities, professional development and inspiration to the membership.

We promote public appreciation and outreach of the arts through exhibitions, workshops, educational activities, skills-exchange and other events, both locally and beyond, to enliven communities and increase connectivity.

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