Sussex Prairies is now Open for our 2022 season. We are open five days a week , Wednesdays until Sundays , 12 noon until 5pm (except on Special event days )until 16th October 2022. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays *(we shall be open on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2022) . There is NO NEED TO BOOK TO COME TO SUSSEX PRAIRIES ! The Indian Summer Bazaar are now joining us in the garden from Friday 5th August until 4th September - a rare chance savour a slice of India in Sussex !

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Art Exhibition – ‘Rooted’

The Sussex Prairie Gardens will be host to an arts exhibition. Entitled ‘Rooted’ the exhibition will feature outdoor sculptures by local and regional artists. The exhibition will run from 1st June through 16th October 2022.

The exhibiting artists include Rosalind Barker, Caroline Bugby, Sarah Cliff, Šárka Darton, Sally Eldars, Sue Evans, Paula Haughney, Ruth Heaton, Lester Korzilius, Jill Laudet, Chérie Lubbock, Hala Sabet, Katharine Rabson Stark, Karen Sturtivant, and Christopher Walker. Between them, their work has been exhibited throughout the UK, and is held in numerous public and private collections.

Several workshops will be run in conjunction with the exhibition.

Works will be available for purchase.

The artists wish to give their warm thanks to Paul and Pauline McBride and the team at Sussex Prairie Gardens for hosting this exhibition.


Artist: Rosalind Barker

Name: us-future

The ghostly children will dance and play around their fragile world. Materials: Domestic dust, ash, Evo-bond, fine netting. NFS

Artist: Caroline Bugby

Name: The Ammonite Chamber

This sculpture considers the organic architecture of the ammonite and the egg. H66xW86xD60. Materials: Recycled paper, glue, chicken wire, paint, soy wax, sandstone with fossils. Price:£780

Art by Caroline Bugby.

Artist: Sarah Cliff

Name: SussexSeen

H1200xW40xD20cm, Materials:Steel, lacquard MDF, Southdowns wool. Price:£350

Art by Sarah Cliff.

Artist: Šárka Darton

Name: Sewing Beads

Kinetic sculpture reflects the colourful nature of the plants in the garden environment. Materials: Hand forged steel, wire, vinyl fabric, floristry foam and pins. NFS

Art by Sarka Darton.

Artist: Sally Eldars

Name: Planet Earth 2.0 Uprooted

Materials: Found plastic, ceramic toilet. Plaster, paper, wire, wood and found metal trellis. NFS

Art by Sally Eldars.

Artist: Sue Evans

Name: Single Use Planet

Materials: Melted and formed packaging film, moulded concrete, wire, seeds. NFS

Art by Sue Evans.

Artist: Paula Haughney

Name: Leaves of Change

Oak leaves in Portland stone, formed from compressed bodies of sea creatures. Reclaimed from the Victorian Stratford Post Office, demolished in 1974, to make way for a shopping centre and ring road. Time and change, the triumph of nature. Each leaf approx. H30xW100xD40cm. Materials: Hand-carved Portland stone. Price: £3000

Art by Paula Haughney.

Artist: Ruth Heaton

Name: Red Hot, Iris, Allium

A response to plants in the garden. Red Hot, H1500xW1000xD1000cm, Price:£400. Iris, H1000xW1000x700cm, Price: £300. Allium, H700xW700xD700cm, Price: £500. Material: Powder-coated steel

Art by Ruth Heaton.

Artist: Lester Korzilius

Name: Say No More

The title references the aspiration that the work communicates on a figural level before language or thought. Scale, form, texture and colour are the main compositional elements. The scale is deliberately slightly larger than human size, and the form and texture vary considerably. The colour while bold is deliberately kept monochrome (other than varying hues through shade and shadow) so that the viewer's emphasis remains focused on the form and texture. H193xW94xD130cm. Materials: Paint, cement render, Jesmonite, expanded foam, papier-mache. Price:£2000

Art by Lester Korzilius.

Artist: Jill Laudet

Name: Listen to Trees

These copper bands give voice to the complexity, resilience and environmental value of our fellow beings, the trees. Research book available to view in the café area. Material: embossed copper. NFS

Art by Jill Laudet.

Artist: Chérie Lubbock

Name: Moirai (The Fates)

Clotho (The Spinner of the thread of life), Lachesis (The Alloter of the length of life), Atropos (The Inflexible cutter of the thread). Materials: Steel, jesmonite, plaster, plastic, pulp, wool, string, foam, horse hair, wire. NFS

Art by Cherie Lubbock.

Artist: Katharine Rabson Stark

Name: Family

Materials: Stoneware and unrefined East Sussex clay, cut tree trunk. Price: £2,500

Art by Katharine Rabson Starck.

Artist: Hala Sabet

Name: Favela

Structures inspired by vernacular architecture of Egypt and the welcoming culture of its people. Material: Glazed stoneware Price: Small £75, Large £300

Art by Hala Sabet.

Artist: Karen Sturtivant

Name: Fallen Woman (1) Mr Mcgregor (2) Apotropeic Man (3)

1) Fallen Woman: informed by a fallen tree. Material: Rusted mild steel. NFS 2) Mr Mcgregor: a Victorian gardener constantly digging. Material:Rusted mild steel NFS 3) Apotropeic Man: From ancient timber markings intended to avert the entry of evil into a dwelling. Galvinised "T-washed" steel. NFS

Art by Karen Sturtivant.

Artist: Christopher Walker

Name: Carried not Resolved: a 3D rendering of an imaginary object

H50cm x W40cm x D24cm, Material:Polyphant: direct carved. Price: £560

Art by Christopher Walker.


Rosalind Barker graduated with 1st Class (Hons) Fine Art 2008 and distinctions MA Drawing at Wimbledon, UAL in 2016.  She has exhibited at RWA and ING 2020 SWA 2019.  Following selection for The London Group Open 2017 She has generated new sculptural work as invited artist on LG site-specific projects in 2017, twice in 2018 and 2020. (Exhibition delayed) The Saatchi Gallery as winner Pure Arts Drawing Prize, C4RD, International drawing symposium at The Barge House, The Crypt Gallery, The Drawing Room at The National Gallery and Wimbledon Space.

Co-curator and facilitator of the Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, an SVAF artist led space, 2009 – ongoing (Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum). Rosalind is a member of HB drawing UK with her MA Drawing peers.

Rosalind’s playful delicate drawings and sculpture explore personal and domestic yet universal objects.  She selects the materiality associated with the body, dust, hair, bone and uses delicate cloth or paper as metaphor.  The scale of her work varies from miniature to human life size. Both her drawings and sculptures are accomplished by the repetition and assemblage of small elements.

Beautiful and fragile her work both tempts and repels touch.

Caroline Bugby is a sculptor and installation artist working in a diverse array of materials to create absurd and poetic sculptures and immersive environments. Caroline exhibits regularly in both the UK and USA and received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2017. Shows in 2021 include: the Plymouth Contemporary,  Southern Vermont Arts Center, Block Gallery Raleigh, and solo shows at No Format Gallery in Deptford and the Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks. Caroline has participated in many residency programs, from Salem Art Works in New York to the Vermont Studio Center and most recently Tonbridge School.

Caroline’s work is a playful exploration of the possibility of the extraordinary unfolding out of the ordinary in an off-kilter, highly saturated vision of our world. Her installations and sculptures are an amplification of the magic we experience when something, like finding a fossil on the beach, creates a small rupture in our reality. Recently thresholds and portals have been a focus in her work, as well as the underlying geology of the chalk landscape of Kent where she now lives.

Sarah Cliff is a printmaker, assemblage artist and maker of objects.  Her work is primarily project-based and is an exploration of culture and history, influenced by surrealism.

Since completing her MFA with distinction at West Dean College, accredited by University of Sussex, in 2017, she was selected by Ochre Print Studio as the Artist in Residence for 2018. In 2019 she joined the management team, where she is a tutor in life drawing and printmaking.

Most recent activities are:

  • Printmaking tutor, West Dean College Fine Art department
  • Adam’s Gallery, Reigate, 2021/2, Winter exhibition
  • Domestic Pleasures, solo exhibition, The Open Dresser, 2021
  • From Darkness, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, 2020, curator, talk and workshops
  • The Wraiths of Golgonooza, noformat Gallery, Deptford, 2020
  • Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, 2019/18/17
  • The Ballad of Gibbet Hill, solo exhibition/residency, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, 2019
  • Watts Gallery, Talk, “Residency and the Museum Object”, 2019
  • Purcell Paper Award and Print Makers Council Award, 2018
  • Watts Gallery, Printmaker’s Talk and Workshop, 2018
  • Artworks 2017, Barbican Arts Group Trust

Šárka Darton is a Czech-born artist and designer, whose multidisciplinary practice explores the relationships between people, places and architecture, examining the notion of identity in the context of our occupation of ever-changing space and time.

Šárka started her studies in the Czech Republic before winning an academic scholarship to Dresden School of Art and Design, Germany. She holds a first-class degree in Fine Art from University of Chichester and in 2015 she has been awarded MFA from West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, University of Sussex.

Including a participation at the 57th Venice Biennale, Šárka has exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, France, Portugal, Morocco and the USA.

Notable accolades also include the overall First Prize at Italian Triennale in Verona (2016), a gold medal at Florence Biennale (2015), principal installation exhibitor at The Art Rooms London (2018), site-specific installation in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (2017) and the public prize winner at the National Sculpture Prize NSP Broomhill Sculpture Park, North Devon, UK (2019).

Šárka’s work is held in private and corporate collections worldwide and has been published on several international platforms. She is an international tutor and lecturer in fine art.

Sally Eldars. Place and identity, fragility of the landscape and of the human beings within a landscape resonate with Eldars and she makes work in both 2 and 3d that address these topics.

Born and brought up in Cairo to an Egyptian father and British mother, Eldars’ work examines and investigates cultural, social, environmental issues and the refugee crises. She works with found objects, recycling and re-appropriating items together with painting and mark making, abstracting and transporting her emotions and thoughts onto paper, canvas and sculpture.

Eldars is currently studying for her MFA. She has a BSc in Physics and Computer Science and has worked as a graphic designer and project manager alongside her visual arts practice. She has exhibited in group and solo shows across London and the South East. She is a member of Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum and Jessops Farm Studios in Chiddingstone. Eldars is the TOD gallery curator, an online gallery inside a repurposed dresser, which she set up during lockdown.

Sue Evans‘ practice stems from reflection on the precarious, unpredictable nature of everyday life in comparison to the certainties of power and religion.

Seeking comfort and stability at home we find the uncanny. Politics and faith root us in conflict.

Collapse of reliable geometric structures and concentration on surface contrast are my visual vehicles to express these ideas; cloth and found, recycled materials my preferred media. Flags are often referenced as their floppy, windblown delicacy wields the power to move nations.


Paula Haughney is a London based artist working in stone. Born in Aldershot, England in 1959 she went on to study Fine Art at Portsmouth and MA Sculpture in Illinois. She has lived in the East End since the 1980s and is a long-term resident artist at Bromley by Bow Centre.

Using stone as her main medium Paula is largely self-taught, building a wealth of knowledge over her forty-year career. Her work is often monumental in scale but still retains an essential human scale and relationship. Dealing with figurative subjects – animals, plants and human forms, her work possesses a gentle power that people can relate to. It is about making sense of her world and events in her life by expressing them in three-dimensional form.

Alongside commissioned work, Paula has exhibited in many individual and group shows, such as a solo exhibition at Uppark House, a National Trust property, and in an outdoor setting at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. Her sculptures can also be found in the collections of BP, Unilever, Leicester and Herefordshire County Collections, as well as numerous private collections in Europe and America. She has taught at West Dean College for the past twenty-five years.

Ruth Heaton explores spatial complexity and perception, architectonic composition, and colour. She works with both the abstract and the figurative to explore the relationship between form, material, and space. Working across painting, sculpture, and installation, her interdisciplinary approach reflects not only the methodical and technically informed precision of process led work, but also an intuitive sensibility in relation to drawing and colour.

There is an intention by the artist for the boundaries of two- and three-dimensional practice to become less distinct. Sculptural lines cross into the systems and grids of the painting, these are built up in layers to create a sense of depth and rhythm through repetition of visual phrases, structures, and colour.

The development of the object creates an appropriate starting point to engage in the technical aspects of making, but later becomes a departure point from which to work more responsively and fluidly. This necessitates an interest in both the intellectual and the poetic, and the conflict arising between the figurative and the abstract.

She has a Graduate Diploma in Fine Art and is in the final year of her MFA at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Her work is held in private and public collections.

Lester Korzilius is an artist and architect.  As a licensed architect in the US and UK he has practised in both countries on projects around the world and now runs his own arts and architecture practice in London and Chichester.  In the arts, he graduated with an MFA from the University of Sussex in 2019 and is completing an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Arts. ​

Lester is interested in the cross-over between architecture and art and has a particular interest in installations, land art, and site-specific works. His work involves the viewer, the artworks, and the environment.  His sculptural work has a tectonic quality that is rooted in his architectural practice.​

Group shows have included the First Impressions, London; Merzbau Speculations and Propositions, Cumbria; Amberley Museum Arts Trail; See, Artgame Gallery, Margate; Line and Form, West Dean College; and West Dean Open House.  Installations include Lacan’s Mirror and Ascension at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Jill Laudet makes mixed media assemblages and installations to explore current socio-political issues, often using text, derived from research, and as part of a visual language and format chosen to highlight the issues. This has included banners, billboard posters, flags, stickers and armour.

Since completing her Master of Fine Art studies at University of Sussex based at West Dean College in 2016, she has presented installations at Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, noformat Gallery, Deptford, and recently with the University of Saint Andrews. Creating site specific work is important to her and she has exhibited works in public spaces including St Mary’s, Putney, Gallery no. 32’s open space and on billboards in several cities.

Chérie Lubbock completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Sussex, Chérie Lubbock works from her studio in West Sussex creating abstract sculpture, paintings, prints and video animations.

Cherie works intuitively, allowing the materials to guide her. She employs a playful approach and is keen to build on happy accidents. Embracing the history within found materials, she combines constructed elements in paper pulp, silicon, plaster and metal. Her sculptures instil a sense of fun and exist as a foil to residues of pain. Many of her pieces are delicately balanced and are deliberately fragile, referencing the tightrope we walk between sense and nonsense, desire and fear. She formulates her sculpture so that a precarious point of balance is always in question, as if any small change could bring about collapse. Brightly coloured fragments highlight the absurdity of life.

While figuration is hinted at, Lubbock is more concerned with articulating aspects of the human spirit which exist independent of the body. Ritual, rites and magic are often alluded to, leaving space for interpretation and reflection.

She currently has works in exhibitions at The Beauport Gallery, Hastings, Adam’s Gallery, Reigate and Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks.

Hala Sabet is influenced by her Egyptian roots and cultural background, and has always been fascinated by Geo-Metry (measurement of earth), its origins and how it develops an infinite array of possibilities and structures. Her work explores the simplicity of geometry and the complexity of organic nature examining how one can stretch their boundaries to make sculptural structures and paintings that abstract representational reference. Her latest work has focused on the integration of the opposites such as chance/order, stability/precariousness, geometric/organic in an attempt to bring this clash of antonyms into harmony. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach that would include drawing, painting, wood, clay and other media in an attempt to transcend all art media boundaries.

Hala Sabet has a BA (First Class Honours) in Fine Art and Masters in Fine Art (with Distinction). She has had Solo and Group exhibitions in various galleries and Art Fairs across the United Kingdom and overseas.

Katharine Rabson Stark works predominantly with clay.  She responds to how a place makes her feel, using the materiality of her surroundings to make art that represents her own place in the world. She became a maker in her thirties, when she realised that making art was something she needed to do. The East Sussex countryside where she lives, the constant juggle of children and work alongside art has become an important inspiration. She is a hand-builder, working with pinch pots and coils, with a variety of different clays, slips and glazes and often with the alchemical process of smoke-firing.

Whilst on an artist-residency at Hawthbush Farm, Gun Hill in 2020, the work – made from clay and plants collected, sketches made, notes written, sound recordings and photographs, could be called better because of the disruption and the growing compulsion to create with impact. During this time, making pinch-pots as a mindfulness exercise became critical to Katharine’s daily world, and her most recent exhibition in September 2021 displayed over 300 pieces displayed trailing across an East Sussex field. Two exhibitions and one in the planning has proven that out of a time of difficulty, successful work can be the result.

Karen Sturtivant is interested in metals, clays, stone, shape, colour, and light; human foibles, pathos, and humour.

Drawing.  Words and wordplay.  Connections and allusions. Books.  Beauty.  Texture and tactility. The non-synthetic. The hand-made. Communication, aesthetics.

Karen describes herself as ‘an estabished late starter’ – she left school at 17, lived the 1960s, and at 30 settled down to study law; she ran her own law firm from 1985 to 2016 and then began the process of being a full time artist.

She states: ‘Art history: Part-time from age 3 or 4 then 2017 to 2020 full time at West Dean College, West Sussex, first a Foundation Diploma then a two-year diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts’.

She now works from her studio in the South Downs, enjoyed with fellow artists, working primarily with paint, clay, and print. ‘When I am oil-painting I use just my fingers, directly spreading the paint, as if the shorter the time and process between my brain and the board or canvas, the better it seems to go.  And fast loose drawings are my best way to capture that essence of whatever I may be responding to.  Some of these become the starting point for a sculpture’.

Chris Walker‘s practice explores the rendering of the Qualities of one material in another, the combination of natural and industrial materials, or the ‘made’ and ‘unmade’, and a truth to material that includes the found object. For example, an important recent work has been ‘Menorah’,2016 which explored rendering the qualities of one material in another – the weight, colour and surface of paper in the hardness of stone. Each of the stones started with a fold made in a sheet of paper. ‘Menorah’ was selected for Open House installation and has been on display since April 30th.

Currently Chris has started to explore combining materials that are ‘made’ with those that are ‘unmade’. This work has focused on found objects, their pre-history being a vital element to the development of each work. The relationships are often explored dynamically, by doing, until a rapport between the elements is achieved. Out of this work Chris has developed an interest in the way in which his work is encountered. Some work has been suspended, some has been set on the ground, and in other work the way in which the work has been focused or framed has been explored.

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      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
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      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
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      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
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      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful