High Weald

ashburnham_paintingThe High Weald has been the inspiration for several artists, each drawing on different facets of the area. Between 1810 and 1818 Joseph Mallord William Turner captured the soft folds of the High Weald landscape around Jack Fuller’s Rosehill estate, near Dallington. In the 1850s the painter F.D.Hardy ‘discovered’ Cranbrook and for a few years a small group of artists - the ‘Cranbrook’ Colony’ - used the town as the setting for meticulously studied paintings. At the same time William Holman Hunt, one of the leading Pre-Raphelite painters, worked occasionally at Winchelsea and Fairlight, capturing the colours of the coast.

Our artist interviews provide an insight into how the landscape inspires them and the techniques that they use to capture its special qualities

Carolyn Genders

Carolyn Genders

Carolyn is a ceramist working in white earthenware clay. She is a handbuilder, known for... Read more

Debbie Siniska

Debbie Siniska

Debbie is a rag rug maker, and uses recycled textiles and traditional hand tools to... Read more

George Smart Folk Artist

George Smart Folk Artist

George Smart was born in 1774 and died a pauper in Frant, Sussex in 1846. During... Read more

Graham Sendall

Graham Sendall

Graham Sendall has lived in Sussex for most of his life and has gathered his... Read more

Will Taylor

Will Taylor

Will Taylor is a fine artist and printmaker. He favours traditional line techniques in etching... Read more

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher lives in Sedlescombe. His pictures are inspired by the diverse local landscape he... Read more

Anna Wilson-Patterson

Anna Wilson-Patterson

Anna Wilson-Patterson lives in Herstmonceux - an area which enjoys views of the medieval landscape... Read more

James Barrett

James Barrett

James is a professional photographer based in Mid Sussex specialising in landscape and nature photography... Read more

Annie Soudain

Annie Soudain

Annie Soudain trained at Canterbury College of Art. Her main craft has always been lino-printing... Read more

Michael Hart

Michael Hart

Michael Hart has been running his own blacksmith business since he left Plumpton Agricultural College... Read more

Tim Pryke

Tim Pryke

Tim Pryke studied at Brighton Polytechnic and returned to Sussex after travelling through Asia and... Read more