Townscape Walking Tours Friday 8th and Throughout August

August 07, 2014

Simon's-tour

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.

 

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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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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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