Countdown to the Art Trail Launch

April 12, 2014

Our community project celebrating art in East Grinstead launches 30th May. Our beautifully designed Trail maps are at the printers and will start appearing around town from 5th May.

All ten artists are busy completing their art work in response to town themes. Suggested walks will take visitors and residents to well known and unusual locations from the Jubilee Centre in the West to Standen House south of the town. We have had massive support from site owners and representatives across East Grinstead and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you! The Trail is an added tourist attraction which will help make 2014 a vibrant year for the town.

You can find out more about the Townscape trail at our Chequer Mead launch event, Friday 30th May 6-9pm in the Greenstede Gallery. This free event is an opportunity to meet the artists, pick up a map and hear the story of the Trail. Pieces by the artists can be purchased on the night through our ‘pop up’ shop. Attached is an invitation to this event-no need to print out-just turn up and enjoy some complimentary refreshments.

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Celebrating the opening of the new improved A22 subway

April 10, 2014

Where: The Subway under the A22 near Sackville School

When: 12 noon on Tuesday the 22nd of April 2014

What:  An official Launch with young people, teachers from Sackville School, artists from Example  and Council Members and officers. 

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Mid Sussex District Council would like to invite you to the launch the Subway Arts Project in East Grinstead on the 22nd of April at 12noon.  The Launch is to celebrate the conclusion of a project aimed at rejuvenating the subway completed by young people from the local school with ‘Example’ a local arts group.  

Teenagers inspired by street artist Banksy took a hands-on approach to rejuvenating a neglected East Grinstead subway.  East Grinstead Young People’s Council identified that the area needed reviving.  Students from Sackville School have worked alongside professional artists to give the much maligned A22 underpass a much-needed makeover.   Together, they have produced a range of street art panels to brighten up the subway, which is well used by children and parents as a safe way to cross the busy Lewes Road. 

 

The project was spearheaded by Mid Sussex District Council after discussions with the East Grinstead Youth Council in 2012.  ‘Example’ an East Grinstead arts group was engaged to develop the project with support from Mid Sussex and West Sussex County Council’s Community Initiative Fund.  The subway forms part of the Townscape 2014 Contemporary Art Trail this aims to encourage people to explore the town following the specific trail increasing the tourist attractions in the town. 

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From our Spring Bulletin

April 07, 2014

We unveil the final shape of Townscape 2014 Contemporary Art Trail

Three artists, twenty one young people and a subway

 The giant subway art work, called ‘Route A22’ is currently being installed on site by Example artist Andy Webb. Initial decoration was carried out by a Community Payback team-replacing the sombre grey with a more upbeat shade of turquoise! The subway art work will officially be opened 12pm Tuesday 22nd April. We would like to congratulate the Sackville school students and their teacher Phil Andrews for such hard work transforming this neglected corner of East Grinstead. This collaborative is backed by EGTC, Mid Sussex and West Sussex.

Countdown to the Art Trail Launch

‘Time-lapse photography at the Bluebell Railway, a quilt composed of children’s drawings, a mythical golden bird, portraits of well known faces round town, fluorescent subway stencils, an artist in residence in an ancient High Street Bookshop…these are just some of the newly commissioned art projects popping up around East Grinstead.’

Our community project celebrating art in East Grinstead launches 30th May. Our beautifully designed Trail maps are at the printers and will start appearing around town from 5th May.

All ten artists are busy completing their art work in response to town themes. Suggested walks will take visitors and residents to well known and unusual locations from the Jubilee Centre in the West to Standen House south of the town. We have had massive support from site owners and representatives across East Grinstead and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you! The Trail is an added tourist attraction which will help make 2014 a vibrant year for the town.

You can find out more about the Townscape trail at our Chequer Mead launch event, Friday 30th May 6-9pm in the Greenstede Gallery. This free event is an opportunity to meet the artists, pick up a map and hear the story of the Trail. Pieces by the artists can be purchased on the night through our ‘pop up’ shop. Click on the link below to view an invitation to this event-no need to print out-just turn up and enjoy some complimentary refreshments.

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What’s happening in the subway today?

Here’s a quick pic of Andy Webb and his brother Rick installing the giant art works in the subway today…if you’re in the area, go and have a peek! The project will be officially opened 12pm Tuesday 22nd April-come along if you want to meet the young people involved.

 

The very first panel goes up

The very first panel goes up

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Look out for this leaflet

March 30, 2014

 

 

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Coming soon. Look out for this leaflet around town and find out about the new art to be found here and waiting for you to visit

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Is this the Alternative Art Trail?

March 22, 2014

From the Alternative Art Trail

Looking for interesting and unusual creative projects happening around town…here’s a beauty! If you would like to share any images for the ‘Alternative Art Trail’ we would love to see them. Send to admin@exampleart.co.uk and we will post our favourites.

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Townscape artist hard at work

March 09, 2014

Harriet has been working hard on her quilts for Townscape

Harriet has been working hard on her quilts for Townscape

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C o n t e m p o r a r y A r t T r a i l E a s t G r i n s t e a d

March 02, 2014

Time-lapse photography at the Bluebell Railway, a quilt composed of children’s drawings, a mythical golden bird, portraits of well known faces round town, fluorescent subway stencils, an artist in residence in an ancient High Street Bookshop…these are just some of the newly commissioned art projects popping up around the mid Sussex town of East Grinstead.

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Working on the subway-half term at the Wallis Centre

November 24, 2013

Three artists, twenty young people and a subway!

Over half term, young people from East Grinstead have been working alongside professional artists to make an amazing piece of art work for an unloved part of the town-the A22 underpass.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the panels.

 

Art by Year 9 and Year 12/13 students from Sackville School

 

Flooded last spring and regularly grafittied, this concrete tunnel was pinpointed by East Grinstead Young People’s Council as an area that needed reviving. Example undertook this project with support from Mid Sussex District Council, East Grinstead Town Council and the West Sussex County Council Community Initiative Fund.

Workshops at Sackville School were used to start the project. Mr Phil Andrews, Coordinator for Art at the school, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the project, working with the young people to produce giant ceramic tiles, which will be inset into the boards.

Example artists Andy and Hannah

Example artists Andy and Hannah

 

The Wallis Centre and it’s supportive staff have provided us with an excellent pop up studio, where artists and their team of young people have laid out the 12 large boards, building them up with layers of paint. The finished work will hopefully be in situ by Christmas and will be one of the most visited sites for Townscape 2014; our art trail that will celebrate art in the town next year.

 

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Lizzie, Alex and Niamh start work on the subway boards

Lizzie, Alex and Niamh start work on the subway boards

We hope the finished work brightens the day of everyone who passes through the subway, whether they are on the school run, or taking the dog for a walk.

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Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed our Autumn show!

October 10, 2013

Annie aged 6 10cm

Annie aged 6 creates a lovely owl at our family Big Draw on Saturday 5th October

Arthur, Imogen and Eliza 10cm

Arthur 5, Imogen 4 and Eliza 3 get busy on a giant piece of paper on the floor of the gallery

Madeleine and Toby 10cm

Madeleine and Toby decide what to do next…

Toby aged 4 10cm

Toby aged 4 is ready to add his drawing to the big sheet in the corridor

Mayor and Hannah Buckley 10cm

Hannah Buckley receives a cheque from East Grinstead Mayor Margaret Belsey at our private view. Thanks to East Grinstead Town Council for their support for the Contemporary Art Trail-a real boost to the arts in East Grinstead!

 

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