Sussex Prairie Garden is now closed until Saturday 1st June 2024. Our normal opening hours from 1st June will be Wednesday to Sunday 1pm until 5pm , closed Mondays and Tuesdays . On Sunday 2nd June we shall be holding our Early Summer Plant fair (30 exhibitors plus !) opening time 12 noon until 5pm - lots of plant nurseries , refreshments and music !

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Events & Courses

Big Brave Drawing with Rob Le Grice

Saturday 31st August 2024 | 9:00am - 1:30pm

Big Brave Drawing with Rob Le Grice

What is our aim?
To capture the sculptural qualities of the gardens in large scale drawings.

What will we be doing?
We’ll start with a guided exploration of the garden, identifying and sketching the natural and man-made sculptural forms. We’ll return to the studio to explore the materials and techniques needed to make big, brave drawings. I like to keep materials simple using a ‘less is more’ approach. Graphite, charcoal and ink form the core of my own practice. We’ll develop and refine drawings to a successful realisation of your observations and ideas. All drawings can be taken home at the end of the session.

Q: Do I need to be good at drawing?
No. Success in this workshop will depend on your ability to look, learn, be brave and enjoy yourself.
To find out more and to book a place

For more information/enquiries: 07547 289001;

Short Biography – Rob Le Grice
I grew up on a farm near Penzance, Cornwall. As a young boy I spent hours walking across the fields, cliffs and beaches of West Penwith. The brutality of the granite coastline, the turbulent seas and the shifting sands left their mark on me when I left home to study, travelled to far-off places and made a successful career teaching Art.
At school, I was fortunate to have the art communities of St. Ives, Newlyn and Penzance to inspire me. In 1986 I attended Falmouth School of Art, and that’s where my passion for printmaking and drawing was founded. I completed my BA in Fine Art (Printmaking) at Loughborough College of Art & Design between 1987 and 1990. For three years many etching plates, lithography stones and woodblocks took a battering as I subjected them to some rigorous drawing practice. I became an Art teacher in 1991. I have worked in a variety of schools in the U.K., The Sultanate of Oman and most recently Singapore. I now live near Brighton in West Sussex.
Recently I have been working on large drawings that I call Objectscapes. These aim to represent my experiences of specific locations. Initially, I make small studies of the landscape, e.g. perched on a rock buffeted by the wind and rain. I also take time to collect bits-and-pieces found on the floor – stones, seaweed, driftwood – and take them all home to the studio. My drawing process responds to my memories, the landscape studies and close observations of the objects. The works evolve with no pre-determined outcome. I carefully select materials and techniques that compliment the subject matter, often combining the reliable with the unpredictable e.g. graphite and turpentine.

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    1. Sussex Prairie Garden
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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      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!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      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.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      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