a summer arts celebration.






Graffham Festival is back from the 15th – 24th July 2016. With a unique programme designed to celebrate local artistic talent and inspire the whole family to get creative, the festival is set to become Sussex’s fastest growing arts event.

In 2014, Graffham’s inaugural arts festival attracted more than a thousand visitors from across the South East. This year’s festival will include many of the most popular events from 2 years ago, including an open studios art trail, children’s art exhibition, village concert, organ recital, literary talks, poetry and jazz evenings, open gardens trail, festival quiz, village feast and celebratory church service.

The open studios art trail will remain the centrepiece of the festival and run from 21st to 24th July. It will showcase the work of around 14 painters, potters, sculptors and craftsmen in 10 venues around the village. It will also give fans of prime time BBC arts shows ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ and ‘Show Me The Monet’ the chance to see Jo Morris and Richard Davidson’s work in person.

The emphasis in 2016 will be as much on inspiration as celebration. Watercolour painter, illustrator and festival organiser Sue Hill says “the big difference with this arts festival is that visitors won’t just be spectators – they’ll have the chance to roll up their sleeves and get creative in one of our painting, pottery or performing arts workshops. Professional artists will be laying on classes for kids and adults alike. We’re very excited about the participative element of the festival, as it’s not something we are aware that other local arts festivals offer.”

Festival organisers believe this unique programme will attract at least double the number of visitors they had in 2014, making Graffham Festival Sussex’s fastest growing arts event

Further information will be posted on this Website and on Facebook’s "Graffham Noticeboard"
If you would like to be involved in any way please email

Arts Council

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