Photo exhibition in Seaford reveals Picasso’s stay at Farley Farm House in Chiddingly

Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
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PHOTOGRAPHS taken when Pablo Picasso stayed at Farley Farm House in 1950 are part of a remarkable touring exhibition which arrived at Seaford’s Crypt Gallery on Saturday September 22 and will be on show until Thursday September 27.

‘Picasso at Play’ was visited by more than 750 people over three days when it was staged as part of Artwave in Lewes.

It draws on the first hand source material held by the extensive Lee Miller Archives of original photographs and documents held at Farley Farm House in Chiddlingly.

Picasso stayed at the farm house as a guest of Vogue photographer Lee Miller and her surrealist artist husband Roland Penrose in 1950 and the majority of the photographs were taken by Lee Miller herself.

One of Picasso’s most famous sayings is the key to this exhibition and shows how one of the greatest artists of the 20th century lived out his own words when he stated: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”.

Director of the Farleys Yard Trust, Ian Chance said: “We all enjoy having fun, no less Picasso, and curating the `Picasso at Play` exhibition for Farley Yard Trust with Antony Penrose and colleagues at Farley Farm House has resulted in an immensely enjoyable exhibition.”

‘Picasso at Play’ is a free exhibition at the Crypt Gallery, 23 Church Street, Seaford, open from 10.30am to 4.30pm daily.

Farleys Yard Trust is an Arts and Education registered charity which seeks to enable access by schools, colleges, and communities to the remarkable artistic heritage of the surrealist movement focussed on Farley Farm House.

‘Picasso at Play’ is available for hire by schools, colleges and galleries.

The creation of this exhibition and the ‘Roland Penrose’s Surrealist Camera’ exhibition has been supported by a grant from the Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership.

Farley Farm House became a meeting place for the leading figures in the world of modern art.

Pablo Picasso came here, followed by Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Man Ray, Echaurren Matta and Antoni Tapies.

British visitors included Eileen Agar, Kenneth Armitage, William Turnbull, John Craxton and Richard Hamilton.