Local Students Respond to Townscape 2016

July 15, 2016

Encouraged by our Townscape artists, students from local secondary schools engaged with the Museum collection and produced a unique body of work, now on display in the town library.

Rosy Napper presents her final work.

Rosy Napper presents her final work.

After intensive drawing at a ‘Night at the Museum’, students developed their ideas during a series of artist supported workshops. A selection of the work has been professionally framed and the whole exhibition can now be seen upstairs in the teen reading area of the library.

The exhibition is open until 3rd September.

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Summer Workshops!

June 25, 2016

As part of Townscape 2016, Example are running a number of workshops throughout the summer.

First off, East Grinstead Library are kindly hosting our adult creative workshops, on two separate dates, where you can design and take home a calico tote bag and greetings cards. Learn to make rubber stamps with simple but effective designs.

Harriet's cards

The adult workshops are FREE!! All you need to do, to attend on either day, July 23rd or August 20th, is contact the library to book your place! Couldn’t be simpler. Come and create with us!


More on the children’s summer workshops to follow…

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Townscape Private View

May 28, 2016

Last night Townscape 2016 was officially opened, with a buzzing private view at the East Grinstead Museum. Speaking at the event were Chairman of the Museum Trust Lloyd Richards, Town Mayor Cllr Bob Mainstone and Example founder Hannah Buckley.

The exhibition continues until 4 September, with free entry. Do make sure you schedule a visit and support the local arts!

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Townscape is up!

It’s up and it’s fabulous. We’d like to thank the brilliant museum staff for helping make Townscape 2016 possible. What a gorgeous venue!


Townscape will be at East Grinstead Museum from 25 May – 4 September. To find out more about the exhibition, see the Townscape page or visit the exhibition!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who made this possible!


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Townscape Exhibition Launched by ‘A Night at the Museum’

March 21, 2016

Example artists are joining forces with students from Imberhorne and Sackville secondary schools in East Grinstead to make drawings at the local museum. The artists have been invited by curator Jessica Hadfield at East Grinstead Museum to respond to the collection in order to produce an exhibition of contemporary art work in the summer of 2016.



When planning for Townscape 2016, the artists thought it would be great to get really keen art students at each school to ‘mirror’ the project. The town library has kindly offered to show the students’ work in a ‘sister exhibition’.

A ‘Night at the Museum’ was arranged and provided a platform for both artists and students to draw the collection together. Curators were on hand to answer questions about the collection, so that the story behind each chosen artifact could be recorded.

Jessica Hadfield at the Museum had this to say about the project:

“I am delighted to be working with Example on this project to find new ways to use and interpret the Museum’s varied collections. Working with the artists and students, whether they have chosen an item from our Museum Store behind the scenes or an item on display, has provided us with a valuable opportunity to revisit and find new meaning in our collections. Each item the artist has worked with as part of this project will be displayed as part of Townscape 2016 giving us a wonderful opportunity to showcase the item and interpret it in a new light by means of the artist’s response to it.”


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Streetmate – Community Art Project

May 13, 2015

A short while ago we were approached by Mid Sussex District Council asking for involvement in a community art project to create a logo or sign for one of their young people initiatives, Streetmate.

The project takes its mini-bus into various communities around Mid Sussex after school, providing a safe point of contact for teenagers, giving them youth services information, the occasional activity from invited experts and most importantly, a hot drink and a friendly face.

Annie Burrows and Sheri Gee, from Example, both rose to the challenge, agreeing to meet with the young people for two sessions armed with paper, pens and paint!

To get to the final product, a logo, Annie and Sheri really wanted input and involvement from the young people and Streetmate leaders. They ran two workshops with the East Grinstead team, talking about visual identity and logos, getting them to guess the famous logos, looking at hand lettered type. In the first workshop they then had them create their own type for ‘Streetmate’, and in the second, they worked on painted textures and hand prints.
Hand lettering workshop


Some of the finished letter forms, above, and painted textures, below.

Painted textures

Once they had collected a lot of material – hand lettering, painted textures and hand prints, everything went back to the studio to do the hard part – working out it would all pull together into a logo. The letter forms were scanned and converted to one colour to make for a more cohesive design, and assembled into ‘STREETMATE’. Sheri then combined the letters with some of the paint splatted hand prints, into a design which echoed their old logo of overlapped hands within a circle. A final touch, to give an urban street feel, was to underlay everything with a tarmac texture, to link with the ‘street’ of their name.

The pair desperately wanted the final design to use the artwork from the workshops and for it to be something the young people would be proud to associate with – in design, style, colour and feeling proud of their own artistic input. It was therefore important that before the signs were made, the designs went back to the young people for approval, with two colour options and lo and behold…. Example are proud to present the finished signage:

The Streetmate bus

Streetmate sign

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Now we just need someone handy at removing old stickers from vehicles…

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Big Draw for Townscape!

October 09, 2014

Big Draw 18 Oct

If you’re in the area, come draw a portrait with Sheri Gee on Saturday 18 October at the Jubilee Community Centre. The  invitation is open to people of any age to come and draw a portrait, at a free Big Draw event. Bring a mirror, a photo or a friend to draw from – as long as it’s a portrait! Pencils and paper provided. All drawings will go up alongside Sheri’s Townscape portrait project for the week (but she’s happy to return them after). For more information go to the Big Draw site, including information on Big Draw events up and down the country from 1 October – 2 November. And if you haven’t visited the Townscape Art Trail, you have until 30 November to visit all of the sites around East Grinstead and discover some amazing works of art.

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Townscape Walking Tours Friday 8th and Throughout August

August 07, 2014


Last Saturday a group of ten art lovers set out from The Bluebell Railway Station in East Grinstead to take part in the Townscape Contemporary Art Trail. East Grinstead tourist officer Simon Kerr was a great leader, keeping the pace and allowing us to enjoy the variety of works in situ across town. Four of the artists were available to talk about their projects, including Harriet Brigdale, who was working on her sketchbook as artist in residence in the High Street Bookshop.



If you missed the first tour, there are three more available

Friday 8th, Saturday 16th and Friday 22nd of August

All tours start 11.45am at the entrance to the Bluebell Railway in East Grinstead and are free of charge. Participating in the tour also allows you a £2.50 discount on your Bluebell ticket for that day. We would recommend a hearty breakfast before you set out!


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Are you ready to join the Townscape Art Tour?

July 13, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Simon Kerr, the town’s well loved Tourism Officer will be offering a series of free art tours throughout the summer. No need to book-all you have to do is show up at the right time and place, wearing some comfortable walking shoes!

Andy Webb Bluebell Railway 2014

Andy Webb Bluebell Railway commission 2014

Andy Webb Southern Rail 2014

Andy Webb Southern Rail Commission 2014

Simon will take in highlights of the Townscape trail, from Andy Webb’s sculptures in the Railway quarter to Junction’s ever-changing lighting piece in a High Street cafe.

Harriet Brigdale Quilt Threadneedles

Harriet Brigdale Threadneedles Commission 2014

The tours come with a discount on tickets for The Bluebell Railway on that day-whether you arrive or depart at East Grinstead.

All tours start promptly at 11.45am at The Bluebell Railway, East Grinstead.

Tour dates are as follows:

Saturday 2nd August
Friday 8th August
Saturday 16th August
Friday 22nd August

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Subway Opening

May 11, 2014

Press excitement at subway opening. On 5th May the subway under the A22 Lewes Road was officially opened by East Grinstead mayor Margaret Belsey. Students, who created the colourful art work with Example artists, were also present.

Great photographs can been seen on the new online news website eastgrinsteadonline.com. This new site was launched on 5th May, there are lots of interesting items already. Here’s a snippet of their article, click on the image to go to the full piece.

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More photos can also be found along with the report on the East Grinstead Courier web site:
Courier April 2014
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