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Ashdown Arts Winter Art & Craft Exhibition

5th & 6th December 2015


Eleven members and one guest took part in the Ashdown Arts Winter Art & Crafts Exhibition. The layout adopted was agreed in advance to allow plenty of space for visitors to view exhibits, to allow a seating area close to the bar and a work table where visitors and exhibitors could take part in the SAA World Record Painting Event. Any boards not taken specifically were used to show additional artwork from those taking part.
Advance publicity was included in among others Ashdown Living, Forest Row News, RH18 and on Meridian Radio.
Seasons gave support to the private view by providing Christmas Biscuits but Ashdown Arts and members provided Mulled Wine, Sausage Rolls, Mince Pies and other savouries. All visitors were provided with one free drink supplied in a hand-made mug which they could buy.
Around 50 visitors came to the private view and 220 over the Saturday, but Sunday visitors were a disappointingly low 30 (all numbers including children).
Children particularly liked the work table and over 30 works by adults and children have been sent to SAA. All the entries in the visitors book were positive with comments such as “Beautiful Paintings and Art Work”, “Such variety well displayed”, “Well put together” “A very varied and interesting exhibition”. Work by Doran Scotson, Don Collishaw and Annie Mills was singled out for specific comments.
Doran Scotson, as usual had a number of sales including copies of his annual calendar. Cards of Lily Kendrick’s new work proved popular and there were some sales of craftwork and cards. Don Collishaw sold one new work but otherwise, despite many positive comments, there were no art work sales. For the future the challenge is to encourage more visitors coming to buy rather than view art.


Photos of the Exhibition Works
















Ashdown Artists Visit the Battersea Affordable Art Fair

Saturday 14th March 2015

Several members of Ashdown Arts (+ guest) went to the Battersea Affordable Art Show yesterday – yes it was Friday the 13th, however as far as I am aware no disasters befell our little adventure. Train connections went smoothly and the weather stayed dry.


The exhibition (located in Battersea Park) showed the work of about 1,100 different Artists with a wide range of styles and skills from Paintings and Graphic work to Collage and Illustration to Ceramics and Glass work.  Rather than go round in a group we arranged to meet up in the centre for a drink and chat about the works that had stimulated us so far – Ken had seen some pottery characters – each had their own story attached and quite a collectable already, and I had been captivated by some blown glass.
After the show the group went on to look for other galleries to view – I had to come home and got a little lost on my way back to the station – but thankfully made it back in time for the four 0’clock dead line.


Cost wise we did well: as there were a number of us we were able to make use of the group ticket saver and Ken had acquired some free tickets to the exhibition – so a bonus all round.  The facilities were good, the exhibition easy to negotiate, and the stall holders friendly and very helpful.


The next show I believe is in October – it will be a different set of Artists as the Galleries are now allowed to show the same Artist twice in one year – for more information about the show visit  and put the date in your diary for our next adventure to Battersea.
Ashdown Artists at the Battersea Affordable Art Show

Ashdown Artists at the Battersea Affordable Art Show



Ashdown Artists Winter F E S T I V A L


6th & 7th December 2014

Peter Griffits Hall, Lewes Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5ES


Ashdown Arts warmly invite you to a very special Winter Festival full of art, crafts, a selection of fine drinks and Tapas delights and buskers all under one roof.


Ashdown Arts are a group artists of all persuasions who meet, enjoy the fertile and friendly ground, share ideas and creations and get advice and inspiration.


The Winter Arts Festival follows the success of our Open Art Exhibition at the recent Forest Row Festival, where artists of all ages helped us showcase and celebrate the creativity of our local folk. Ashdown Arts is once again presenting exhibits by Painters and Artisans producing high class work. We all want you to enjoy our individual ways of showing our skills – if you visited us at the festival in September, you’ll know how special the atmosphere can be…


We’ll be adding a bit of sparkle to the show with a fabulous ‘Festive Bar’, serving top quality mulled wine, mulled cider, ales, beer and champagne, complemented by Tapas delicacies.


Not only that – visitors can sample the ‘taster’ art or craft workshops that will run during the weekend (for a programme visit our website


And that’s not all! There will also be buskers in and around the hall during the weekend (if you would like to offer your musical talents, then do get in touch with us via

We hope that the art, food, drinks, music and activities at the Winter Festival will spice up your festive period (and help you with your Christmas shopping!)


We look forward to welcoming you there, any time during the entire weekend.
*Ashdown Arts is Forest Row’s community art group which is open to all artists and artisans of any ability and from any discipline.

Peter Griffits Hall, (opposite the Tesco/petrol station), Lewes Road, Forest Row,
East Sussex RH18 5ES. There is disabled access, toilets and FREE entry.

Opening Times: Saturday 10am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm



‘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

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


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

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.

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.



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


Preparations are well under way for the Forest Row Festival 2013 happening on the weekend of the 20th – 22nd September where you will have a chance to see a Showcase of Ashdown Artists and Artisans.

The Ashdown Forest has always been a source of inspiration for artists and Ashdown Arts (Forest Row’s community art group) 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.

We are also really happy to be having an Ashdown Arts Christmas Exhibition in the Peter Griffits Hall (small village hall opposite tesco and petrol station) on the weekend of the 7/8 December 2013.


Ashdown Arts Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Jewellery

21 – 26 June 2013

Open daily (except Sunday) 10am – 5pm

At: The Greenstede Gallery
Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre
De La Warr Road, East Grinstead,
West Sussex, RH19 3BS
01342 325577

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., is an art psychotherapist and artist 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. Tutors life drawing classes in Wadhurst; Don Collishaw – experimental abstract, landscape and figurative artist; Anette Schwidrowski  –  abstract painter, photographer and sculptress; Wolf Sohngen –  Woodworker;  Valerie Osbon B.A. – Painter;  Jackie Frewing – Sculptor; Sylvia Hassell – Painter; Ann Hitchcox – Potter and Michele Carnie – Jeweller.

*A huge Thank You to the Seasons health food shop in Forest Row for sponsoring this show.  They are so generous and we are really grateful to their support.


Ashdown Arts are very excited to be part of the Forest Row Festival this year.  Please find the link to the Festival’s website below:

Forest Row Festival


We are very happy to announce that Harvest Supplies have sponsored Ashdown Arts.  Harvest Supplies is a retail and wholesale business selling mainly locally sourced Organic and Biodynamic Fruit, Vegetables and dry goods of the highest quality.

Harvest Supplies