In sight of the Downs: Sussex, a centre for 20th century British Art (Ticketed) FULL

Wednesday 11 May 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

Artists have always been drawn to the rolling Downland landscape and exciting coastline of Sussex. The 20th Century saw many of the leading Modern British artists living and working in the county. Exhibitions in Brighton in late 1913 and early 1914 brought the nation’s leading artists to the Sussex coast and enfolding Downs. Artists as diverse Walter Sickert, Jacob Epstein, Eric Ravilious, brothers Paul and John Nash, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, the surrealists Roland Penrose and Edward Burra, Ivon Hitchens, and Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell at Charleston, worked alongside visitors like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Henry Moore. This talk tells the story of how Sussex found herself at the heart of the Modern British Art Movement.

The speaker

Rupert Toovey is a Director of Toovey’s Fine Art Auctioneers which he founded in 1995. He is a qualified Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and an Associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA). Rupert specialises in Modern British Art whilst maintaining a generalist’s eye for the major collecting disciplines. Rupert writes a weekly column for the West Sussex Gazette series and is a passionate advocate and sponsor of art and heritage in Sussex.

Participant information

All talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1–1½ hours, with tea, coffee & cake available between 6pm-6.30pm in Crawley Hall.


£12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers


To book call 01243 811021 or download our booking form here.