What is The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes?

The association's aim is the “promotion and advancement of the aesthetic education of the public, the cultivation, appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts, and the giving of aid to the preservation of our national artistic heritage for the benefit of the public.”

The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes achieves its aims through:-

  • learning
  • giving
  • studying
  • friendship
  • more…


Towner Gallery, This gallery in Eastbourne have a range of interesting free exhibitions and work by local artists.  For more information  visit the Towner website.

The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes Headquarters - The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes House
8 Guilford Street, London , WC1N 1DA (T 020 7430 0730). They run many very helpful and interesting training courses that cover different aspects of volunteering work with The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes. 

Your Paintings
The BBC and Public Catalogue Foundation have catalogued over 210,000 oil paintings in public buildings.

Visit the Sussex website 
It has a page on every group in the area, gives an area programme, volunteer activities, national events etc. Read about our current sponsored student Kate Aughey who is studying furniture conservation. 

The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes Facebook - Visit facebook for news and chat.

The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes Twitter
Follow people, media, museum, heritage, or most popular of all is the museum paper about things of interest to museum people.

Electronic version of The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes Review available.


The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes has rebranded its name and will be known as "The Arts Society." Our Society is now known as "The Arts Society: Uckfield and Lewes."  

Visits - There is still space in a 2 night mini-break to Suffolk from September 18th to 20th. For more detials, turn to the Visits page. 

Possible visit to Palmeira Mansion in Hove. Colin has offered to organise a visit if enough poeple are interested. It is a property of Victorian opulence and a Grade 2* listed building. There is no Victorian furniture but the lady who runs the tours is a Arts Society lecturer and gives a very interesting account of family life during the Victorian age. The tour will last  1 hour and a half and cost £6. It would be on a Sunday afternoon, date to be decided. Parking is available at Hove Town Hall with a walk of 10 minutes to the address. People could be dropped off at the house. If you are interested email colin.rookeryfield@tiscali.co.uk 

We are still looking for volunteers to arrange further visits. If you feel you can help, by arranging one visit for the coming year, please contact us. We can give you ideas of where to go and lots of support, information and help. 


Dragons on textiles

Lectures - Our next lecture on November 8th 2017 is entitled  Dragon Imagery in Chinese Imperial Textiles. " by David Rosier. 

Christmas Lunch on December 8th

It will be held again at The Picture House Restaurant, Uckfield (opposite the cinema.)  Tickets available at the November meeting. Booking is essential. Use the Contact menu to receive more for more information about menus and prices.


Photograph by Ron Hill

Presenting a cheque to Holy Cross Primary School, Uckfield.

Young Arts Project

Our Society has recently given a £500 grant to Holy Cross Church of England Primary School in Uckfield (see above) to enable them to register with the Artsmark scheme which is accredited by Arts Council England. The scheme provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evalute arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum. Schools are supported throughout the Artsmark journey by a network of local delivery partners providing training, advice and practical teaching resources. On Monday 17th, our Chair and other representatives from our Society are handing over a giant cheque to the Head Teacher, Mrs Cathy Dart. The school will keep us informed about progress and there will be opportuniites for some of us to go into school and see the different art activities going on throughout the school. 

Church Recording - The recording of St Mary’s, Ringmer is complete and the beautiful, bound Church Record was  presented to the Vicar, The Rev'd Will Pratt, at 11.00 on Sunday 20th July. Those involved with creating the Record joined the usual congregation for the Presentation. The Winter Edition of The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes Review (page 72) included a photo and paragraph about our recorders. The Church Record has now been deposited for safekeeping  with The Keep at Falmer, the East Sussex Record Office, which has a nuber of other Church Records also. There are no church recordings taking place at present. 

Heritage Volunteers - They have starting a new project at Batemans to help with book conservation and to set up and care for a second-hand bookshop focused upon Kipling's work. Do contact us if you are interested in joining us.