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gallery closing down

We are devastated that our landlord, Borde Hill, has given us notice to vacate in order to turn the Gallery building into office space for its staff.

So, after 15 years, our doors will sadly close for the final time on Saturday 15 April (open 11.30 am – 5 pm), when we are inviting everyone to come and say farewell to our little gem of a gallery!

Summer at the Gallery

The Gallery is full of the vibrant colours of summer, bursting with work from exciting new artists and from our regular artists too. As well as the stunning art, you’ll also find a treasure trove of unique gifts (from £5), toys and cards, making us the perfect place to find that perfect present! Jill & Sam offer you a warm welcome in a lovely, relaxed environment – and are on hand with help if you need it!

Annual Art Sale

After our annual spring clean and redecoration, we will re-open at 11.30 on Saturday 19 February for our Annual Art Sale.
This is a great opportunity for you to pick up fabulous artwork at bargain prices after our artists and makers have cleared out their studios ready for the start of the new year!

Sparkle Saturday & Sunday at The Gallery

Jeremy’s Christmas Market at Borde Hill
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December
10 am – 5 pm

As part of the Christmas Market, the Gallery will be offering a warm welcome to visitors with a glass of Prosecco and a mince pie! Come and enjoy a spot of festive shopping from our vast and ever-changing array of original Christmas present ideas – everything from affordable local art to decorations, cards, stocking fillers and toys.

Our well-known neighbour and restaurateur, Jeremy Ashpool, has selected a variety of stalls to showcase local food and drink produce, plus street food traders for snacks and lunches on the go!

If the weather is good, Borde Hill Garden will be open for winter walks, as well as its shop and marquee for other gifts.

Entry to the Christmas Market is FREE. Pre-booking is not required.

Our Alternative Black Friday/Cyber Saturday!

Friday 26th & Saturday 27th November
11.30 am – 4 pm

Come and enjoy the feelgood factor of knowing that any Gallery purchases on the Black Friday/Cyber Saturday weekend will be benefitting our local community!

We will be donating 10% of Gallery takings on both days to our vital local Foodbanks to help tackle continuing food poverty and hunger in our area.

What could be better than getting some of the Christmas presents on your list ticked off and at the same time, helping us to help others?

Christmas Shopping Tuesdays!

Make Christmas Shopping less of a chore with freshly brewed coffee, or tea, and mince pies every Tuesday until Christmas.

With the addition of seasonal extras such as stocking fillers, toys, Christmas decorations and cards, we’re sure you’ll find something for everyone on your list, whatever your budget!

Online Auction of Artwork for Macmillan!

Our generous artists and makers have again donated a stunning array of artwork for our Online Auction to help fund the important work of this charity.

View the lots and place your bids online by clicking HERE

If you would like to view the lots in person, they are all on display at the Gallery. The Auction ends at 9 pm on Sunday 17th October.

Autumn at the Gallery

We have swept a brush of autumnal colour over the entire Gallery to welcome the new season. Come and feast your eyes on our colourful harvest of new work, including some by new artists!

Spring into Summer!

15 June 2021 – 09 September 2021

As we all step out again and enjoy the promise of summer and the return of our much-missed freedoms, our ever-changing displays celebrate creativity in all its forms thanks to our regular artists and some new talent too!

Annual Art Sale!

13 April 2021 – 31 May 2021

The traditional start to the Gallery year (albeit delayed!): our Annual Art Sale! Our regular artists and makers have cleared out their studios and are selling off their work at greatly reduced prices. Amongst the many bargains to be found are paintings, sculpture, prints, glass, photographic images, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and more.

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year!

04 February 2021 – 31 May 2021

Regular Gallery artist Jo Myles was one of 36 artists selected from 10,000 applicants to appear in this year’s series of Sky Arts’ popular TV programme! This painting, that won Jo her place in the competition, and her other recent works are all on display and available to buy exclusively at the Gallery. Jo’s episode aired on Wednesday 17th February on Sky Arts (or via Freeview channel 11).

Christmas Shopping at the Gallery

02 December 2020 – 20 December 2020

Join us for a celebratory mince pie or two and finish ticking off your Christmas shopping list from our tempting selection of meaningful gifts, many handcrafted here in Sussex. Stocking fillers, toys, cards and gifts for all the family, and, of course, affordable art! Plenty of free parking right outside the door, and with lots of variety under one roof, we offer you an enjoyable and stress-free experience as soon as you step inside! Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11.30 am – 4.30 pm. Closing for Christmas Sunday 20 December at 4.30 pm.

Lockdown Closure

05 November 2020 – 01 December 2020

Sadly we are temporarily closed, but are looking forward to welcoming you for some much needed Christmas cheer when we re-open at 11.30 am on Wednesday 2 December!

Pre-Lockdown Christmas Shopping with 10% discount!

01 November 2020 – 04 November 2020

In view of the recent Government announcement, we are now open every day – with a 10% discount on everything – until close of business at 4.30pm on Wednesday 4th November. Shop whilst you can from our handpicked selection of unique and meaningful Christmas gifts, many handmade here in Sussex. Stocking fillers, toys, cards and gifts for all the family, and, of course, affordable art too! Pop in and enjoy a mince pie and a gentle browse in our little oasis of calm! Plenty of free parking right outside the door. Open Sunday 1st, Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November 11.30 am – 4.30 pm.

Macmillan Auction – Final View and ‘Cakeaway’!

03 October 2020 – 03 October 2020

In view of the unfolding Covid situation, our Macmillan Coffee Morning will now be a ‘Cakeaway’! Delicious homemade cakes available to take home for a donation, plus a last chance to view our fantastic Silent Auction of artwork donated by our generous Artists! Bidding closes 9 pm on Sunday 4 October, link to bid on our Home page.

Autumn’s Bounty!

24 September 2020 – 31 October 2020

Delve into a treasure trove of autumnal bounty at the gallery – we’ve gathered together an enticing selection of art and craft for all budgets from our talented band of Sussex artists, and from some new ones too! Paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles and jewellery, plus unusual gifts, toys and cards. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11.30 am – 4.30 pm.

Macmillan On-line Auction of Artwork

23 September 2020 – 04 October 2020

In the light of the unfolding Covid situation, we have reluctantly decided to cancel our planned Macmillan Coffee Morning. However, thanks to the unprecedented generosity of our artists, our usual silent auction of donated art in aid of Macmillan is going ahead and is now live on-line!

Summer Showcase

24 July 2020 – 31 August 2020

Step into the tranquil oasis of the gallery and lose yourself in our summer show of art and crafts from Sussex artists old and new. You’ll find affordable paintings, glasswork, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles and jewellery, alongside a hand-picked array of quirky gifts, toys and cards! Open Wednesday-Saturday, 12-5 pm, plus 12-5 pm on August Bank Holiday Sunday 30th and Monday 31st. Please refer to map on Borde Hill Garden’s website ( for current road diversions.

Gallery Re-opening….

04 June 2020 – 17 June 2020

We’re working our way through the Government’s latest Covid-19 Guidance and aim to re-open the Gallery on Thursday 18 June. Initially we plan to open Thursday to Saturday only (12pm – 5pm) or by appointment but will review once we’re up and running!


17 March 2020 – 16 April 2020

We regret that the Gallery is temporarily closed. In accordance with Government guidance to avoid ‘non-essential contact’, we have reluctantly decided that closure is the correct response in order to safeguard the welfare of our visitors and customers. We hope you will understand our action. We are monitoring the situation and look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery in the not too distant future. With all best wishes Jill & Sam

Sparkle Saturday

30 November 2019 – 30 November 2019

Join us for prosecco and mince pies and make a start on your Christmas shopping!

Christmas at the Gallery

01 November 2019 – 20 December 2019

Avoid the mayhem of the High Street and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Gallery whilst you browse our carefully curated mix of original and affordable art, handmade crafts and unusual gifts. With prices starting at less than £5, you’ll find everything from fun stocking fillers and Christmas decorations to a unique piece of original art for your loved ones. Support your local artists this Christmas by shopping local and by shopping handmade! Masses of free parking right outside.

7th Annual Macmillan Coffee ‘Morning’

27 September 2019 – 27 September 2019

Join us all day for the World’s Biggest Coffee ‘Morning’! Along with coffee, tea and homemade cakes, there will be a silent auction of original work donated by our artists, as well as a selection of our own Gallery stock and a table of bric-a-brac, all available for a donation to Macmillan. Bidding closes at 4 pm. We will be donating 10% of any takings on the day to Macmillan, so a great incentive to start your Christmas shopping! Masses of free parking right outside!

Here Comes the Sun!

11 July 2019 – 30 August 2019

Alongside your favourite artists, the Gallery’s inaugural summer showcase introduces an exciting parade of new exhibitors, promising colour and variety all summer long! The affordable art on display includes sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glasswork and jewellery – perfectly complemented by our usual eclectic array of gifts, toys and cards!

Exhibition: ‘And Then Came Spring’

13 April 2019 – 27 May 2019

Inspired by this line from Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of the works of Omar Khayyam, our first exhibition of the year celebrates Spring and all that is associated with it. Come and join us for a drink at the opening on Saturday 13 April, 11 am – 5 pm!

Annual Art Sale

02 February 2019 – 02 March 2019

The popular Annual Art Sale marks the beginning of the Gallery’s year. Our artists clear out their studios and sell off their work at greatly reduced prices. With paintings, sculptures, prints, glass work, jewellery, ceramics, and much more on offer, come and unearth a bargain!


24 November 2018 – 21 December 2018

An uplifting exhibition of candid photographs of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice by Cuckfield photographer Sophie Mitchell. Having been granted rare access to the hospice, Sophie captures life there in all its colour as children with life-limiting conditions are given the chance to live “For The Now”

Cuckfield Local Market with Chestnut Tree House

13 October 2018 – 13 October 2018

Join us at Cuckfield’s local market in the courtyard of the Talbot pub, where we’re hosting a table with Sussex children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. As well as biscuit decorating, we’ll have children’s toys and CDs with all proceeds to the hospice. At the market’s other stalls, you’ll find Sussex honey, chocolates, hand-tied flowers, meze dips, cheese, fresh fish, cakes, bread, scotch eggs, pies and fresh meat. Come and find out what a wonderful place our county’s only children’s hospice is and pick up a few deli treats for the weekend at the same time!

Our Sixth Macmillan Coffee Morning!

28 September 2018 – 28 September 2018

Come and join us for our favourite social event of the year – our annual World’s Biggest Coffee ‘Morning’. As usual, there will be homemade cakes galore, tea and coffee available all day, as well as a table of Gallery-donated stock, all proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support. Masses of free parking right outside!

The Other Summer Exhibition

30 June 2018 – 01 September 2018

Hot on the heels of The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition in London, the Gallery will be celebrating its 10th birthday with a similarly eclectic show of work by its many artists, past and present.

Through The Eyes Of A Child

10 March 2018 – 12 May 2018

If only it were possible to see the world again with a child’s gaze! To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gallery we are supporting The Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice throughout the year. Our first exhibition of the year invites you to rediscover the wonder and beauty of the world around us ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’.


27 January 2018 – 24 February 2018

The Annual Art Sale is the traditional start to the Gallery’s year when our regular artists clear out their studios and sell off their work at greatly reduced prices. With paintings, sculptures, glass work, jewellery, ceramics, and much more on offer, you are sure to unearth a bargain to take home with you! The Sale marks the start of the Gallery’s support in 2018 of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice. The Gallery will donate 10% of takings on the opening day of the Sale to the Hospice.

Early Birds Christmas Coffee Morning

24 November 2017 – 24 November 2017

Kick off the festive season with our annual Early Birds Christmas coffee “morning”. There will be delicious home-made cakes and biscuits served all day, together with freshly brewed coffee and tea. Alongside original local artwork, there will be a wide selection of gifts for all pockets from jewellery, glassware and ceramics to textiles, toys, stocking fillers, cards and decorations. We’re opening early, so you can pop in after the school run or on your way to work!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

29 September 2017 – 29 September 2017

Join us for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! Along with coffee, tea and homemade cakes, there will be plenty of gift items available for a donation, as well as a silent auction of original work donated by some of our artists, including this stunning painting by Paul Guthrie. Come along for coffee and place your bids by 4 pm!

A British Summer

01 July 2017 – 02 September 2017

“A British Summer” celebrates our favourite time of year and conjures up images of everything from Henley and Wimbledon to seaside holidays, Punch and Judy and, dare we say, rain! Working in many different media, our artists will draw on a myriad of influences to show us what “A British Summer” means to them.

Sculpture in the Gallery

12 May 2017 – 02 October 2017

The Gallery is delighted to again be part of Borde Hill Garden’s Annual Sculpture Exhibition. We will be exhibiting the work of over a dozen artists, including four of the main Garden exhibitors, and are part of the Garden’s Sculpture Trail which winds its way around the historic site and is a popular activity for both adults and children. The sculptures on display at the Gallery are on a smaller scale and suitable for a domestic setting, and are in a broad range of materials from iron, stone and wood to ceramic, resin, wire and glass.

To Linger in a Garden Fair

25 March 2017 – 06 May 2017

“To Linger in a Garden Fair” may have been penned by the 14th century Persian poet Hafiz, but to us it perfectly describes the delicious anticipation of enjoying the garden after a long winter. This is an exhibition devoted to one of Britain’s most popular pastimes, featuring work in a variety of media.

Annual Art Sale

28 January 2017 – 25 February 2017

The year starts with our popular Annual Art Sale! The Gallery’s artists have been clearing out their studios so there will be all sorts of art available at greatly reduced prices, from paintings and prints to ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more!


25 June 2016 – 03 September 2016

An exhibition showcasing the work of our talented glassmakers, together with contemplative work from a host of artists using all manner of media.

Small Island

21 May 2016 – 17 June 2016

Whilst many of the Gallery’s artists and makers are Sussex-based, for one month we will be celebrating Irish craft and design. Alongside our usual displays of paintings, sculpture, glasswork, textiles, jewellery and more, we will be showcasing homewares, ceramics, stationery and contemporary art, all carefully curated by Cuckfield-based company Small Island.

Suzanne Sanders Embroidery Workshops (Half Day)

12 May 2016 – 12 May 2016

Textile artists Suzanne Sanders is running a series of workshops which will teach you how to draw with your sewing machine. Half Day Workshop on 12th May cost £35 per person (10.00am – 2.00pm)

St. Peter & St. James Hospice Coffee Morning

15 April 2016 – 15 April 2016

The Gallery will be hosting a coffee morning to support St. Peter & St. James Hospice. We will have a selection of mouthwatering baked goods, and fresh coffee and tea on hand. Please come and help support this charity close to our hearts. 10% of the gallery sales will be donated to St. Peter & St. James Hospice. Bring a friend! Borde Hill Garden will be accepting donations in lieu of their entry fee.

Suzanne Sanders Embroidery Workshops (Full Day)

06 April 2016 – 06 April 2016

Textile artists Suzanne Sanders is running a series of workshops which will teach you how to draw with your sewing machine. Full Day Workshop on 6th April costs £60 per person and includes lunch (10.00am – 5.00pm)

Blossom by Blossom the Spring Begins

19 March 2016 – 07 May 2016

Whilst Swinburne’s poem reminds us how eagerly we await the first glimpses of Spring, this exhibition celebrates the most welcome season in all its full-blown glory!

Suzanne Sanders Embroidery Workshops (Half Day)

17 March 2016 – 17 March 2016

Textile artists Suzanne Sanders is running a series of workshops which will teach you how to draw with your sewing machine. Half Day Workshop on 17th March cost £35 per person (10.00am – 2.00pm)

Annual Art Sale

23 January 2016 – 27 February 2016

The year starts with our popular Annual Art Sale! The Gallery’s artists have been clearing out their studios so there will be all sorts of art available at greatly reduced prices, from paintings and prints to ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more! Sale opens 10.30am Saturday 23rd January, when we will be serving drinks and nibbles whilst you unearth a bargain. The Sale ends at 4pm on Saturday 27th February.

Stitched Up

03 October 2015 – 31 October 2015

“Stitched Up” is our last exhibition of the year and as its name suggests, the subject matter is textile art. This exhibition of beguiling and bewitching stitchery features work by Jo Butcher, Victoria Coleman, Holly Dale, Ros Lymer, Suzanne Sanders and Kate Tulett.

At The Water’s Edge

27 June 2015 – 15 August 2015

With more than 11,000 miles of coastline, and many lakes, rivers and reservoirs, we are never far from the water’s edge on our small island! We will be having an Opening Party on the 27 June from 10:30 – 5:00, come and enjoy the art with drinks and nibbles!

Annual Art Sale

24 January 2015 – 21 February 2015

We have asked our artists and makers to clear out their studios, giving you the opportunity to unearth a real bargain! On offer will be original paintings, pottery, sculpture, textiles and more … all at greatly reduced prices. The Art Sale opens at 10.30am on Saturday 24th January, when we will be serving drinks and nibbles whilst you browse the bargains. Sale ends at 4.00pm on Saturday 21st February.

In the Abstract

18 October 2014 – 15 November 2014

Paintings and sculpture by nine Sussex artists. Bold, modern statements, open to interpretation, an exciting and thought-provoking exhibition.

Horse Play

12 July 2014 – 30 August 2014

Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Whether we ride or just admire from afar, this exhibition of paintings and sculpture exploring the grace, beauty and spirit of the horse will be good for all our insides!

Of Furred and Gentle Beasts

24 May 2014 – 08 June 2014

An exhibition of work by ceramic sculptor Victoria Lovell, which reflects her great empathy with animals. Whatever creature she turns her hand to,Victoria produces not just the likeness but the spirit of her subject. One feels the nervousness of her hares, the trustfulness of her dogs and the arrogance of her chickens! This exhibition gives her the opportunity to further explore the animal kingdom.

Sussex beloved Sussex

22 March 2014 – 26 April 2014

The title of this exhibition, inspired by a Rudyard Kipling poem, speaks for itself. A celebration of every inch of this beautiful county of ours, by some of its resident artists.

Art Sale

25 January 2014 – 25 February 2014

Our artists enjoy the Annual Art Sale as much as our customers. They clear out their studios, and you unearth a bargain!

Little Gems

12 October 2013 – 02 November 2013

In line with the saying that “small is beautiful” we asked sixteen of our regular artists to downsize! They rose to the challenge spectacularly, and the result is “Little Gems”

Michael Loveridge

11 May 2013 – 25 May 2013

Form Colour Mood An Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Michael Loveridge


26 January 2013 – 23 February 2013

Enchanted Forests

13 October 2012 – 04 November 2012

Of trees, birds, beasts and all things magical.

Gone to the Dogs

14 July 2012 – 01 September 2012

Featuring some exciting new artists, this exhibition is not just for those of us already besotted by our 4 legged friends. It may even produce a few converts!

Sculpture Exhibition

28 April 2012 – 08 June 2012

An eclectic and dynamic exhibition showcasing the work of 12 established sculptors from the South East of England.

A Riot of Spring

17 March 2012 – 14 April 2012

Putting winter behind us,how better to start the year than with an exhibition devoted to the joys of springtime! An Exhibition of paintings, sculpture and textiles to celebrate this most longed for season. Inspired by the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834): “All nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair – The bees are stirring – birds are on the wing And winter, slumbering in the open air Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring.” Exhibiting artists: Steve Ferguson, Polly Finch, Antonia Green, Kate Osborne, John Thompson, and Liz Toole.

Annual Art Sale

21 January 2012 – 21 February 2012

Paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, textiles from our regular artists, all at greatly reduced prices.