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Forest Row Festival Open Art Exhibition 2014

Peace and Community

Forest Row Festival Open Art Exhibition

The Forest Row Festival open Art Exhibition ‘Peace and Community’ will be offering an exciting range of high quality art, sculpture and crafts by local talented artists and artisans, whether professional or amateur, from junior to senior at the wonderful new venue:

The Yard (former Dickson & Church)
Lewes Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5AE

There will be access from both Lewes road and Hartfield road throughout the festival.

Opening Times:
Launch Party Friday 6-8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 5pm.

For all enquiries, please contact:

Alex Florschutz: Email: – Tel : 07787 122157
Ursula Stone: Email: – Tel: 01342 822694

If you would like to participate in the exhibition, then please contact Alex on the above email for further details and for and registration form. Thanks.

*This show is hosted by Ashdown Arts, your local art group

Ashdown Arts Easter Show

Ashdown Arts Easter Exhibition 2014

Welcome dear friends,

We are delighted to announce that we are having an Easter Exhibition this year which will be held on the weekend of the 19th & 20th April 2014 from 10am to 5pm.

We do hope you can join us for this Spring celebration of your local talent and come and meet the artists.

Warm wishes,

The Ashdown Arts Team

Ps. Here is a quick look at Exhibition opportunities with Ashdown Arts in 2014:

Uckfield Art Trail – 18th & 19th July

Lindfield Arts Festival – 12th to 14th September

Forest Row Festival – 19th to 21st September

Ashdown Arts Winter Show – 6th & 7th December

Ashdown Arts Winter Exhibition 2013

Ashdown Arts Winter Exhibition 2013

Dear Friends,

The Christmas festive fun is kicking off now and what better way to celebrate this time of year than with the annual Ashdown Arts Winter Exhibition!

You are warmly invited to join myself and my fellow artist/artisans on:

Saturday 7th December from 10am to 8pm
Sunday 8th December from 10am to 5pm

Venue: The Small Village Hall (Peter Griffits), Lewes Road, Forest Row, RH18 5ES (opposite Tescos and petrol station)

*Please Note the late night shopping on Saturday until 8pm!!! There may even be some mulled wine and mince pies to create that extra special Christmas ambiance 🙂

We would also love to see you at the Private View Party on Friday 6th December from 7-9pm

There will be music, wine and nibbles with plenty of festive cheer while you take in the remarkable local talent in your community. Plenty of present ideas and a raffle to whet your appetite.

Big hug,
Alex xx

Please RSVP to me at:

The Ashdown Arts Winter Exhibition is a showcase of local contemporary arts and crafts. The Ashdown Arts group includes professional and semi-professional artists and artisans producing a selection of contemporary fine art, in a variety of styles and media, plus sculpture, pottery and craftwork. During the exhibition there will be live demonstrations. Many of Ashdown Arts members exhibit and sell their work both locally and internationally.

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Ashdown Arts Showcase in the Forest Row Festival 21-22 September 2013

The Ashdown Arts showcase exhibition is being held as part of the Forest Row Festival from September 21st to 22nd in the Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5DZ.  The group presents an eclectic mix of contemporary fine art in a wide variety of styles and media plus Craftwork, and Sculpture produced by professional and semi-professional artists and artisans from the community, many of whom exhibit and sell their work both locally and internationally.  For more information contact Martin Ash at 01892 853536, 07759925087 or

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ashdown Arts Exhibition at The Greenstede Gallery, Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre – 21st to 26th June 2013

Ashdown Arts Exhibition at the Greenstede Gallery, Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre – 21st to 26th June 2013

In June 2013 a group of artists based in and around the Forest Row area will be exhibiting at Chequer Mead’s Greenstede Gallery.

The Ashdown forest has always been a source of inspiration for artists and Ashdown Arts is fortunate to count many skilled amateurs and professionals among its numbers, including painters, potters, jewellers, furniture makers, art tutors, sculptors and many other artists and skilled crafts people.

Exhibiting artist, Gill Bustamante had this to say about the Ashdown Arts group: “I joined the group nearly 3 years ago and am really happy to be associated with such a varied and skilled group of artists. Artists by circumstance tend to be tucked away in various studios, galleries and sheds in this area and not always visible so it is nice to see them all in one place occasionally. I think that since the recession started, art has strangely become more attractive to people generally. We all need beautiful things to lift our spirits! Also, the internet has made art accessible to everyone. Whereas people used to go to an ‘art gallery’ to see art, they only need now turn on a computer or visit the local cafe. Art used to be exclusive to that minority that dared enter a gallery – all that has changed and it is good for the artist and good for their customers as anyone can own original art and everyone should! That said – we hope that lots of people will come and visit the exhibition and enjoy meeting some of the talented artists that live in this area.”

Ashdown Arts has been instrumental in bringing together artists and artisans of all disciplines from the community since it was formed in 2009. It holds one major exhibition every year in which most of its 30 plus members take part. Last year this took place in the Forest Row community centre to coincide with the Forest Row festival in October.

As well as producing art, Ashdown Arts encourages emerging artists to exhibit locally and further afield with the aim to promote the amazing local creativity, available on our 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, art workshops and other initiatives.

Among the artists exhibiting will be: Ursula Stone, visual artist and art tutor (who runs the drop-in life drawing sessions and workshops at Chequer Mead and at her studio in Forest Row); Gill Bustamante B.A., award winning animal painter whose work is often seen in galleries in the south east and who teaches at the East Grinstead Learning Centre; Alex Florschutz M.A., who teaches art as a therapy and whose alluring paintings focus on what it is to be a woman: Martin Ash – specialising in portrait and figure painting but with work on many subjects in collections worldwide and who tutors life drawing classes in Wadhurst; Don Collishaw – experimental abstract, landscape and figurative artist; Anette Schwidrowski – abstract painter, photographer and sculptress; Chris West –watercolour and acrylic artist; Wolf Sohngen – Woodworker; Valerie Osbon B.A. – Painter; Jackie Frewing – Sculptor; Sylvia Hassell – Painter; Ann Hitchcox – Potter and Michele Carnie – Jeweller.

The exhibition runs from the morning of Friday 21st June until the end of the afternoon of Wednesday 26th June. From 10 in the morning until 5.00 pm including some evenings if the theatre is open. More info at: Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 3BS. Tel: 01342 325577

Forest Row Festival Link

We are getting very excited and ready to set up our art show tomorrow…

The festival marquee is being erected as I type and the bands are tuning their instruments and voices.

Here is the link to the fabulous Little Big Festival:

Fiction Writing Workshop with Julie Corbin in the Community Centre, Forest Row

Great writing workshop in the Community Centre next door to our Art Show….Still a couple of places remaining so do book fast. Julie Corbin is a renowned author living in Forest Row.  Please check out her link:

Welcome to Ashdown Arts

Welcome to Ashdown Arts website which is still under construction…so please bear with us 🙂

We hope to see you at our Annual Show on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 10am to 5pm in the Community Centre, Forest Row.  We will be showcasing some amazing artists and artisans from the community and there will even be some surprises thrown in too!

This year we are part of the Forest Row Festival where there is a massive, fabulous programme on offer, so please go to

Look forward to seeing you over the weekend!!!  Watch this space for more news and our slowly unfolding website! 🙂

Alex x