Mockford exhibition to open in Newhaven

Newhaven from Seaford by Harold Mockford.
Newhaven from Seaford by Harold Mockford.
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AN EXHIBITION showing the work of well known artist Harold Mockford will be staged in Newhaven at the Hillcrest Centre (Aug 31-Sept 2).

The View from Newhaven focuses on his later Newhaven paintings loaned by private collectors and also celebrates the Newhaven artist’s 80th birthday.

Mockford’s inspiration comes from the South Downs landscape, but transforms it into the extraordinary through his use of deep, rich colours and surreal perspectives.

The exhibition opens on Friday August 31 from 6pm-9pm when View from Newhaven Ale, brewed by Harveys of Lewes, will be available.

The bottles were specially designed with a label featuring one of Harold’s iconic paintings.

Speaking of his love of Newhaven, Harold described how he came to the town on a beautiful sunny day, looked down at the boats bobbing in the harbour and decided this was the place he wanted to live. “And I still feel exactly the same,” he said.

There will be a silent auction of a Mockford painting, donated by the artist, with proceeds going to the Hillcrest Centre.

Written bids will be accepted up to 5pm on Sunday, September 2.

Free workshops on how to paint like Harold Mockford will be available for children led by local artist and teacher Carol Havard. Sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning from 11am to 1pm for children aged from five and on both afternoons from 2pm to 4pm for older children.

To book a free place on the children’s workshops ring 01273 514173. All materials provided.

The exhibition and workshops have been sponsored by the Arts Council with support from Newhaven Town Council and local businesses, including printmakers Harwood King and St Anne’s Galleries in Lewes.

It is part of Lewes District Council’s Artwave festival.

The exhibition continues on September 1 and 2 from 11am to 6pm.

Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery is also running a Harold Mockford exhibition.