Metal tree sculpture is revealed in time for arts festival in Newhaven

Tree sculpture, Hillcrest Centre,  Newhaven, Christian Funnel (artist)
Tree sculpture, Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven, Christian Funnel (artist)

A sculpture depicting a six foot metal tree by artist Christian Funnell was unveiled this week as part of the Summer by the Sea Festival in Newhaven.

The piece will mark the entrance to the Hillcrest Centre in Hillcrest Road and will occupy a specially created garden.

It was made from scrap metal from a local boatyard.

The festival, which runs until Monday August 26, will feature art exhibitions, comedy and workshops.

A tea dance to celebrate Studio Tempo’s 60th anniversary on Bank Holiday Monday has already sold out.

Art exhibition Paint, Steel and Wood will bring together Christian’s work, paintings by Newhaven artist Harold Mockford, Tom Hammick, who has long had connections with the town and wood sculptor Walter Bailey, who lives in Ashdown Forest, will run until Bank Holiday Monday from 10am to 5pm.

Christian is the creator of the Newhaven Cormorant sculpture in the River Ouse, while an exhibition of Harold Mockford’s paintings was staged in Newhaven last year with great success.

Walter is also making new pieces for the exhibition, inspired by the landscape of East Sussex.

There will be photos of Newhaven by Kai Crick and a show from Carol Havard, John Davies and Victor Stuart Graham.

Stand up comedy will be staged on Friday with up and coming comedians from Brighton and London, there will be films for children on Saturday and the Belleville Rendez-Vous for adults.

Monday will include free workshops for adults, art classes for children (for £2), storytelling and writing.

The festival has been co-ordinated by Newhaven Arts.

It secured a £10,000 grant from the Arts Council to stage the exciting event.

For a full programme visit the website