Hurstpierpoint Open Studios

Hurstpierpoint Open Studios

by Mike Cheetham

Now in it’s fifteenth year, the Hurst Open Studios open their doors for us to view the local artistic delights.

The idea for the Open Studios was originally proposed and organised by Mike Cheetham, following a suggestion by his Art teacher on a course he was attending at the time. Mike also drew inspiration for the event after visiting the Open Houses during the Brighton Festival.

With the first Hurstpierpoint Open Studios held in March 2003, this successful event returns in September for it’s 15th anniversary. The idea was unique in the area at that time and Burgess Hill, then Henfield, Hassocks, Ditchling and many more quickly followed them.

The principle of Open Studios, or Open Houses is that artists throw open their own premises to all-comers for a limited period, giving them an opportunity to display their work. It is also a great opportunity for people to see a variety of art in the local area.

There were just eight exhibitors; seven painters and one sculptor, in six houses when it opened in 2003. This year, there will be twenty-four participants in thirteen venues, exhibiting paintings, photography, sculpture, stained glass, furniture, mirrors, work in wool and felt, and jewellery. Amongst them will be Sylvia Thornhill who produced the lovely ring of sculptures on The Village Green.

The venues will be open on 16-17 and 23-24 September, please note that some are open on the first weekend only. For details about opening dates and further information please visit