Art / Wine / Landscape


Sussex Modern brings together a unique experience of thirty-six memorable places with the creativity that defines the county’s modern, independent spirit. Contemporary art, ancient landscapes and innovative winemaking are all here in Sussex to be explored and enjoyed. Sussex Modern celebrates the county’s distinctive contribution to modern culture.

Join the dots: curate your own visit, map your own route, pick your own trail.

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Sussex Modern presents:


Until 29 August, discover six works by Turner Prize-shortlisted Nathan Coley presented in extraordinary places throughout the Sussex landscape.

From 2 April 2022, six illuminated text sculptures by contemporary British artist Nathan Coley will be on display at surprising locations in and around the Lewes district of Sussex, forming Tentative Words Change Everything: an outdoor exhibition featuring some of the artist’s most important works.

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Art Partners

Read more about the Sussex Modern art partners below.


Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA)

Brighton BN1 9RA
Falmer station 0.3 miles, 5 minutes walk

Attenborough Centre is an interdisciplinary arts hub in a mid-century modern Grade II* listed building, designed by Sir Basil Spence and located on the University of Sussex campus. It supports innovation through artistic programmes and residencies. The Centre’s public programme includes dance, theatre, live art, music, film, discussion and debate.


Firle, near Lewes BN8 6LL
Lewes station 20 minutes drive

Charleston is a legendary house and garden now with a new art gallery, situated in the South Downs National Park. From 1916 it was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, who were key members of the Bloomsbury group. Today, Charleston offers a year-round roster of festivals, events, exhibitions, talks and workshops.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester, PO19 6AP
Chichester station 1.2 miles, 20 minutes walk

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the country’s best loved and lively theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions and its bold modern Grade II* listed architecture. Festival 2019 includes powerful new writing, captivating and classic pieces, glorious musicals, and a brand new family-friendly production.

De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill on Sea TN40 1DP
Bexhill station 5 minutes walk

The De La Warr Pavilion is a pioneering cultural centre where everyone can enjoy contemporary exhibitions, events and entertainment in a Grade One Listed modernist building on Bexhill’s seafront. We opened in 1935 as democratic space for progressive thought and creativity and have been modern in spirit and aspiration ever since.

Ditchling Museum

Ditchling, BN6 8SP
Hassocks station 25 minutes walk or 5 minute drive

An award-winning museum on the South Downs, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft holds a nationally important collection of works by the artists and craftspeople who were drawn to the village in the early 20th century, including Eric Gill, Hilary Pepler and David Jones. It has a changing programme of exhibitions and displays alongside the permanent collection.

Farleys House & Gallery

Near Chiddingly BN8 6HW
Lewes station 20 minutes drive

Experience the extraordinary atmosphere of the Sussex home of photographer Lee Miller and artist/patron Roland Penrose, whose guests included Picasso, Man Ray and Miró. Visitors are invited to take a 50 minute guided tour of the house and enjoy our gallery exhibitions and sculpture garden on Sundays between April and October each year.


Lewes BN8 5UU

This is No Ordinary Opera. World-class productions are performed in the award-winning opera house, all wrapped in the exceptional Glyndebourne experience: picnicking, dressing-up and precious time with family and friends in the glorious gardens, making memories that last long after the curtain comes down. Performances run throughout the summer and autumn.

Hastings Contemporary

Hastings TN34 3DW
Hastings station 15 – 20 minutes walk

Hastings Contemporary, formerly Jerwood Gallery, is a new independent gallery for contemporary and modern art. Set on the beach of Hastings Old Town, Hastings Contemporary explores all forms of modern and contemporary art, and will continue to champion the medium of painting, for which it has built a strong reputation.

Pallant House Gallery

Chichester PO19 0QZ
Chichester station 7 minutes walk

Pallant House Gallery, one of Britain’s most distinctive modern art museums, tells the story of British art from 1900 to now through original exhibitions and a world-class collection. Within its 20 galleries can be found the work of Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Eduardo Paolozzi and many more greats from the history of modern art.

Royal Pavilion & Museums

Brighton BN1 1EE
Brighton station 10 minutes walk

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Royal Pavilion garden, at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. Its diverse collections bring together the arts and history to tell stories about the city and the world we live in. There is a lively and constantly changing programme of exhibitions, displays and events, with hands-on activities for all ages, gallery trails and more.

The Depot

Lewes BN7 2JS
Next to Lewes station

Depot is an award-winning independent 3-screen cinema and stylish café-restaurant with gardens and terrace. It offers an innovative programme of mainstream, art house and independent films; world cinema, documentaries and classic films; along with special events, guest speakers and workshops.

Towner Art Gallery

Eastbourne BN21 4JJ
Eastbourne station 10 minutes walk

Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for almost 100 years, Towner Art Gallery sits where the coast and the South Downs meet. Towner presents exhibitions of national and international importance, showcasing the most exciting and creative developments in modern and contemporary art. Towner develops and supports collaborative artistic practice to deliver a public programme of live events, film and learning.

West Dean College

Near Chichester PO18 0QZ
5 miles / 10 min drive or n.60 bus from Chichester station

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an independent college established by Surrealist patron and poet Edward James, in his former home in West Sussex. Today it welcomes students on short courses and degree programmes, and connects them with a rich heritage of creative possibility. The College is set in beautiful gardens with a restaurant and offers vibrant calendar of events, from talks to concerts.