Top exhibitions and art in and around West Sussex

We have a smorgasbord of special shows from famous masters like William Blake to portraits painted by the twentieth century theatre designer Oliver Messel. Every single visit will help us to look after special places in Sussex throughout the year.

William Blake's The Last Judgement, 1808


A major new exhibition at Petworth is the first of its kind to celebrate William Blake’s relationship with Sussex. Some of Blake’s greatest works from poetry to painting will be displayed. Includes works on loan from the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Tate. 13 January to 25 March 2018.

Self portrait of Oliver Messel


In the Nymans gallery this winter is an exhibition featuring a varied selection of Oliver Messel’s portraits of famous friends and family. From 20 January to 3 June 2018.

Standen Collection Wallpaper


Artists and designers Rebecca Aird and Peter Thwaites - Rapture & Wright - have imagined how they might respond to a contemporary commission for bespoke fabrics and wallpapers for Standen. Their designs are on show until 15 April 2018.

'The Rescue', a black and white cartoon by William Heath Robinson


At Mottisfont in Hampshire discover the quirky machinery and exquisite paintings of William Heath Robinson in the gallery. Heath Robinson is widely known for his detailed drawings of eccentric, over-complicated contraptions.

Two colourful Chinese Dogs of Fo figurines

Polesden Lacey 

Over the border at Polesden Lacey in Surrey, we'll be throwing a spotlight on 25 of the vivid Asian pieces in our collection, from books to ceramics to furniture. From 2 February to 3 May 2018.

The proposed artwork installation by artist, Gabriela Albergaria

New art at Sheffield Park 

Art comes across the Channel this year as Sheffield Park and Garden takes part in diep~haven, festival of contemporary creation. This February artist Gabriela Albergaria is creating a piece inspired by the nature and surroundings of this historic garden.