Jane Palmer & Friends

Plans are now afoot for our next open house, 4th to 26th May 2024. Come back soon!

Our 2023 open house:

Our 2023 open house took place in May, with 6 artists and over 2000 visitors. In the first video below you can remind yourself of what you saw here (or what you missed!). In the second video you can meet the artists, see them in action, and find out what to do with that spare egg!

Souvenir of our 2023 open house
Meet the artists in our 2023 open house

Jane Palmer showed her latest expressive portraits in oils and charcoal, a series of Sussex landscapes, colourful still lifes, and more of her tiny, exquisite paintings of fruit.   Read more about Jane here.

Lucy Bristow was back with her vivid, semi-abstract Sussex landscapes.  She says ‘My paintings are an emotional response to my surroundings. A spark of initial excitement at where I am and what I can see, whether it’s the drama of a huge vista, or the way a tiny fleck of light drops on to a branch or building.’



Stef Hunter. Once again we’re showed Stef’s wonderful ceramics, reflecting ideas mainly from the East Sussex coastline and surroundings.  She has recently been exploring Nerikomi techniques and researching inlaid porcelain at the International Ceramics studio in Hungary.


Nigel Hunter. Our tranquil back garden displayed Nigel’s latest sculptures. Nigel’s current work in clay and stone emanates from a continuing fascination with nature and its geometry and more abstract forms.


Showing with us for the first time this year:

Gabrielle Lord is a figurative artist, with roots in life drawing.  She works in charcoal and mixed media to capture the human body and what it can mean to us.


And Peter Messer brought his fascinating work to Brighton for the first time in many years.  He writes, ‘I paint in the historic medium of egg tempera which I prepare in the studio using egg yolk and raw pigment.  My paintings are frequently set in, around or parallel with my home town of Lewes.’ Whilst the settings are often recognisable, Peter creates an idiosyncratic world that sometimes unsettles and often amuses.