Arthur Rackham exhibition at Bateman's - Autumn 2017

A painting of the River Arun by Arthur Rackham which will be on display at Bateman's in East Sussex

During September and October in 2017 we joined forces with the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy to present an exhibition of Arthur Rackham's works. In conjunction with the exhibition local modern artist, Emma Martin, lead a series of weekly painting workshops.

Celebrate some great illustrations

This article related to our exhibition during the autumn of 2017. Visit our website at to find details of any 2018 exhibitions that we will be hosting. 

Join us this autumn as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Rackham, one of Britain's leading book illustrators with an exhibition of some of his works. Rackham's iconic pieces include depictions of fairies, goblins, witches and anthropomorphic trees that influenced the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Links to Bateman's

Kipling's 'Puck of Pook's Hill' was based on the house and gardens of Bateman's and linked to a number of locations in the surrounding Sussex countryside. As a Sussex born and bred man himself, Arthur Rackham was a natural choice of illustrator for this magical tale.

" 'In the very spot where Dan had stood as Puck they saw a small, brown, broad-shouldered, pointy-eared person with a snub noise, slanting blue eyes and a grin that ran right across his freckled face.""
- Rudyard Kipling

The illustration for this quote will be on display, kindly donated by Pook Press, who published a high-quality colour edition of 'Puck of Pook's Hill'. It has been framed with the kind support of Burwash Parish Council.

Bateman's Arthur Rackham exhibition
Arthur Rackham's illustration from Puck of Pook's Hill story by Rudyard Kipling
Bateman's Arthur Rackham exhibition

A modern interpretation

Alongside the Arthur Rackham exhibits will hang some of local Fine Art MA student, Emma Martin's, work. Emma's research-led responses to Rackham's work will help to draw connections between illustration, fine art and fairy tales, and the history of the three within Sussex, England and globally.

The exhibition will be found in two locations in the house, namely Kipling's son's bedroom on the first floor and in the old kitchen on the ground floor at the end of the visitor route through the house.

Be creative and join a workshop

On Fridays during the exhibition period, from 15 September to 20 October, Emma will be leading a series of workshops to encourage budding artists of all painting abilities to unleash their imagination and create a work to take home.

All workshops will be on Fridays between 1.30 and 4.30pm. There is a limit of 10 places per workshop and these are bookable in advance by calling our Central Box Office on 0344 249 1895. The cost of each workshop is £35 and all materials are provided, although budding artist may bring their own sketch pads if they prefer. See our events article for further details of these workshops. 

Fun for the family

Throughout the exhibition we will be offering a free treasure hunt for younger children to complete as they view the more modern paintings of Emma Martin and a quiz for older children. The hunt and quiz have been designed by Emma to encourage children to look more closely at the paintings and think about their content and the inspiration for them.