Corks pop as Chalk Gallery in Lewes marks ten year anniversary

Gus Harrison and Lewes mayor Susan Murray
Gus Harrison and Lewes mayor Susan Murray

A party with art, cup cakes and bubbly was held in Lewes to celebrate the Chalk Gallery’s tenth birthday.

Artists were delighted to welcome the mayor of Lewes Susan Murray and her consort cllr Roger Murray on Saturday May 30 to the event.

Since the gallery opened over 100 artists have benefited

It was designed as a thank you to loyal customers and the artists who have exhibited in the gallery.

Cllr Roger Murray recognised Chalk treasurer Lyndsey Smith having taught her at primary school.

Artist and gallery chairman Leila Godden said: “The Chalk Gallery is a well loved, friendly gallery run by a changing group of 21 professional artists offering beautiful art at affordable prices in North Street, just round the corner from the Needlemakers. A featured artist is showcased every three weeks with a new exhibition of approximately 80 works, including paintings, sculpture, original prints and jewellery, every six weeks.

“Since the Lewes gallery opened, over 100 local artists have benefited from exhibiting, and learning new skills through collectively running the business.”

Chris Liddiard is featured until 8 June, and then Gail Gibson Tait.

From October 2-14 the success of this enterprise will be celebrated in an exhibition at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, showing work from current and ex-members.

This event will be accompanied by a commemorative book. The Chalk Gallery is open seven days a week.