Artists combine to support historic Downland church

A fundraising art exhibition at St Hubert’s, Idsworth will feature exhibits from more than 30 of the best professional artists, sculptors and craftspeople in the region including many from Chichester.
Mark & Rebecca Ford with their St Hubert's sculpture (contributed pic)Mark & Rebecca Ford with their St Hubert's sculpture (contributed pic)
Mark & Rebecca Ford with their St Hubert's sculpture (contributed pic)

Spokeswoman Deborah Richards said: “The long-awaited third art exhibition will open in September at St Hubert’s Church in Idsworth. This special church lies on the West Sussex and Hampshire border and is known as ‘the little church in the field’. Part of the exhibition proceeds will go towards supporting the work of The Idsworth Church Friends Trust which is raising funds for a major programme of repair and refurbishment. St Hubert’s is recognised by many experts as an important landmark in the South Downs National Park.

“Due to the fantastic response from more than 1,000 visitors to the second exhibition held in 2018, the 2023 event has been extended to three days including Friday, September 8, 9 and 10, open daily 10am-4.30pm, admission free. Many of the previous artists are returning but some talented new artists and craftspeople will be joining them. The works will include an exciting mix of land art installation, oils, watercolours, printmaking, illustration, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and glass. The artists will respond to the theme of St Hubert’s Idsworth, inspired by the heritage and the South Downs landscape. Many of the artists involved have won recognition for their work. All their high-quality works are for sale with a wide range of prices. Many of the artists will be on hand to meet visitors and explain their working methods. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the best artists working in this region.”

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The exhibition is being co-ordinated by Deborah, herself an accomplished artist-printmaker, with support from The Idsworth Church Friends Trust. Confirmed artists include Alison Sandeman – studio potter; Allan Skip Davies – fine artist; members of Artel artists group including Linda Nevill, Carol Naylor – textile artist, Deborah Mitchelson – fine artist and Lorraine Molins – fine artist; Jon Barrett-Danes – ceramic sculpture; Ruth Barrett-Danes – printmaker; Maureen Brigden – ceramic sculpture; Heather Bowring – artist; Tim Craven – fine artist, Sue England - painter-printmaker; Annie Flitcroft – ceramic sculpture; Linda Foskett – enamel artist; Lydia Foster – jewellery; Chris Gilbert – printmaker; Mark Ford – land art; Jan Guest – ceramic art; Liz Hanan – ceramic sculpture; Helena Hines – fine artist; Liz Keyworth – fine artist; Sarah Macrae – jeweller; Jessica Maier – printmaker; Andrea Martin – artist illustrator; Linda Mills – contemporary basket maker; Karen Ongley-Snook – stained glass; Mai Osawa – printmaker; Deborah Richards – artist-printmaker; Paula Roberts – mosaic; John Robinson – watercolour; Tiffany Robinson – walking fine artist; Melanie Rose – painter; Gemma Vickers – fine artist; Ali Warner – fine art photography; and Bridget Woods – watercolour artist.

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