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 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. 


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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