Upcoming Events

Illustrator Naomi Howarth will teach you watercolour skills and techniques to create and print your own Christmas cards, Monday 20 November

Leap into the world of watercolour with the help of the hugely talented illustrator Naomi Howarth  www.naomihowarth.com    Naomi will teach you the basic watercolour skills to produce a delightful illustration and leave you with her personal guide to watercolour painting. Naomi will cover colour mixing, applying the paint using different techniques, and how simple brush strokes can be used to create decorative patterns, designs and motifs. All of these skills will give you a good grounding for developing your own style.  You will complete your Chrismas card based either on a wreath design or a design of your choice.   Naomi will take these home and scan them into a card template with your own Christmas message.  She will explain how to order the cards  and a few days later your printed cards will appear and your original art work will be returned.

The Edinburgh-born, London based author/illustrator Naomi studied Costume Design at the London College of Fashion, before turning her hand to illustration. Winning a place on the inaugural Picture Hooks mentoring scheme in 2014 led Naomi into the world of children’s picture books. She has published two books with Frances Lincoln Children’s Books – Tug of War, and The Crow’s Tale.  Her third book The Dragon and the Mouse will be published next summer. 

Naomi’s illustrations combine lithography with watercolour, and she has a strong interest in myth, legend and folklore. Her work has been exhibited in the National Gallery of Scotland and Jagged Art in London. She has illustrated for GLAMOUR UK, Town and Country, and Dior.

The course will cost £135 and take place from 9.30 am to 4.0 pm

please email: mail@moncrieff-bray.com to book your place 

We will provide all the materials, your scanned ready to print card, Naomi’s personal illustrated guide to watercolour and illustration techniques and  a delicious light lunch in the house.

All you need to bring  is an apron and kitchen roll as well as sprigs of foliage and other inspiration for your wreath design.  We will also have this matter in hand with plenty of material set up to inspire you!  If you do have your own sets of brushes and watercolour paints then please do bring them with you.


The Chemistry of Colour – Oil painting with Leonie Gibbs, November 6 -7

Join us for a dynamic two day painting course with Scottish artist Leonie Gibbs.  This is an adventure into the world of colour, suitable for any one with an eager mind to create. Over two days Leonie will guide students through the techniques of oil painting, liberating inhibitions to produce creative and exciting results. Paintings will be done on board provided by us and under Leonie’s supervision you will take home a completed painting each day

The course will cover landscape and still-life painting.  Leonie is no stranger to inclement weather and the autumn foliage will provide a wealth of colour to explore.  With her energy and zest for life, Leonie is a truly inspiring  teacher who will generously share her knowledge with the more experienced while encouraging those who are longing to take the plunge.

A well known painter and sculptress, Leonie  lives in the Scottish Highlands.  Her painting is inspired by the Scottish colourists as well as by the myths and legends of the ancient Picts and Celts.  Her monumental bronze the Pictish Queen is currently on display in the gallery.  She has completed numerous public commissions,  her majestic work the Falcon’s Return stands in the centre of Inverness.  She has exhibited throughout the UK.    http://www.leoniegibbs.co.uk

The course will include a break for a light lunch in the main house.

Please arrive at 9.30 and the course will finish at four.  We will email you a list of what to bring.

Cost for two days to include a light lunch, tea and coffee  £225

To book a place email mail@moncrieff-bray.com  Telephone 07867978414



Wood Engraving Workshop with Jonathan Gibbs 29 September

Coinciding with an exhibition of his drawings and paintings which form part of the exhibition ‘Abstract Landscapes’ at the gallery this autumn, Jonathan Gibbs has very kindly agreed to give a one-day wood engraving workshop.  Beginners are welcome, as are more experienced printmakers. Lemonwood blocks and tools will be supplied, with a demonstration of engraving methods and how to make a hand-burnished print.  Students will translate an image onto the block, and learn about ways of using engraved line and tonal qualities to create an engraved print. Students should bring a drawing or image that they wish to translate into an engraved impression, with foreknowledge that the image will be reversed when printed. The day’s teaching will inform about tools, materials, paper, ink and hand-printing methods, with guidance about ideas and composition. Everyone will have a resolved print by the end of the day. A historical and contemporary context for wood engraving will be presented, with examples by various artists.

Wood engraving blocks can be made of Box, Holly, Maple, Lemonwood or Birch, for example. Box is the most suitable for this process, but Lemonwood is excellent, providing a consistent and close grain which works well for most kinds of mark-making. Scorpers, spitstickers, gravers, burins, tint tools; all of these are the engraver’s tools used in a traditional printmaking process that has its origins in the late 18th Century, particularly in the work of Thomas Bewick. Making prints from woodblocks has a considerably longer history, and is fundamental to the development of typography, the book and graphic arts. The course will illuminate these ideas and their practical application.

Jonathan Gibbs is a painter, wood engraver and a senior tutor at Edinburgh College of Art where he runs the illustration department. He studied at  Central School of Art and the Slade School of Art. Recently he has worked for Faber and Faber, Radio Times, Routledge Publishing and Hamish Hamilton, He has produced a variety of book jacket and editorial designs, including Ulverton by Adam Thorpe and has illustrated Prada shoes and handbags. He exhibits regularly in Edinburgh and London and has taught several wood engraving courses at the National Gallery of Scotland.

For more information on Jonathan please click here  and to book please email us on mail@moncrieff-bray.com

Friday 29 September 9.30 am to 4.0  pm   Price £95 per person to include all materials

All Materials will be supplied but please a drawing to translate into a print and a pic-nic lunch

Botanical Painting with Mariella Baldwin 19th & 20th October

Autumn Hedgerows – Suitable for Beginners

Autumn is a wonderful season, hedgerows are bursting with rosehips, berries, fruits and nuts, woven together with thorns and prickles . . . all of which make excellent subjects to study.  To complement our landscape exhibitions we have invited botanical artist Mariella Baldwin to run a workshop focusing on the British hedgerow, ubiquitous to the Sussex countryside. This will be an opportunity to move from the bigger landscape picture to examine the hedgerow in closer detail.

The course is open to all –  especially beginners.   Mariella will teach a step-by-step process to create a good foundation from which the individual can then build. Beginners will learn the techniques to create a painting so that the subject looks as if it could be plucked from the page. The more experienced will be able to practice and hone their skills. This is a small goup so every one will have plenty of individual attention and the opportunity to learn from a truly accomplished artist.

Course dates: Thursday 19th and Friday 20th October    9.30 to 4.0 pm

Price: £175 per person


Mariella Baldwin studied botanical illustration at the English Gardening School, London and received an MA in Visual Arts from Sussex University. Her paintings are held in collections both in the UK and USA. She is a painting member of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and a tutor at West Dean College. Her book ‘Botanical Painting’ was published in 2011.

Drawing boards, lamps, water pots will be provided.
Sheets of hot-pressed watercolour paper will be available for you to buy.
There will be a limited supply of tube watercolour paints to share and paintbrushes to borrow.

Please bring:

A white china saucer [or similar], a sketchbook/smooth cartridge paper,  pencils [2H/HB] and good pencil sharpener, ruler and rubber,  any watercolours and paintbrushes you have,  a  simple folder to take your work home with you and a picnic lunch.

Notes will be provided. By the end of the two-day workshop, many ideas will have been gathered together on a worksheet which will provide a record for reference for future work.

Please email us to book your place.

Exploring Paint in Petworth Park – A painting Experience with Anthony Garratt

The painting experience with Anthony Garratt is now fully booked with a waiting list. Apologies if you missed out this time.

This is a really exciting opportunity to paint with renowned outdoor expressive landscape artist Anthony Garratt, who is famous for his large-scale painting installations including ‘High and Low’, major installation on Snowdonia last year.

You will be able to really free up your painting technique and embrace new methods and materials. Follow Anthony as he paints in front of the lake at Petworth Park. You will explore the process of how to dilute a complicated subject into a contemporary and experimental painting to create a good sized finished canvas using a variety of media including oils, acrylic, rust filings and household paint. Artists of all abilities are welcome. Find out more about Anthony at www.agarratt.com. (LINK)

Meet at Petworth Park at 11 am on Thursday 4th May. The painting session will run until 4 pm. Continue on Friday 5th May from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

Please bring your own canvas or board, easel and stool and a picnic. We will supply all the other materials – brushes, paints and other media.

Price £95. Places are strictly limited, please contact mail@moncrieff-bray.com to book.

Anthony will be sharing an Exhibition in the gallery with John Hitchens from May 13 to June 17.

John Hitchens and Anthony Garratt – Exploring the Landscape Two Ways of Seeing

We will also be showing some of Anthony’s work at the Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Arts Fair from May 5-7th. Download your complimentary tickets here.

Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair, 5-7 May, Petworth Park

We will be exhibiting work by John Hitchens, Anthony Garratt, Ramsay Gibb and Stephen Palmer, as well as a selection of indoor and garden sculpture. Please come and find us at Stand 22 of the wonderful fair which comprises 50 leading specialist dealers in fine period furniture, silver, vintage clocks, jewellery, 20th century design and contemporary and period paintings and sculpture.

Opening Hours

Friday 11.0 – 20.00, Saturday 10.30 to 18.00 Sunday 10.30 – 17.00

Please click  Petworth Park e-ticket to print complimentary ticket.


Petworth Antiques and Fine Art Fair in the Marquee, Petworth Park, GU28 0QY  from 5-7 May.


Tour of the Cass Sculpture Foundation Archives, 18 May, Goodwood

The onsite archive at CASS,   Nr Goodwood features  more than 600 objects from more than 300 artists. It is a unique archive documenting the development of contemporary British sculpture shown at  CASS over the past three decades, and we are incredibly fortunate to have it in West Sussex. We have arranged a private curated tour to these archives on Thursday 18th May 2017.

Each year, the curatorial team at CASS invites a selection of artists to submit proposals in the form of drawings and maquettes for consideration. All proposals are stored in the CASS archive, along with other unique objects and materials including original correspondence letters with artists, hand-made postcards to Wilfred and Jeannette Cass from Thomas Heatherwick, and embroidered handkerchief from Tracey Emin.

As well as the opportunity to tour the Sculpture Park visitors will also see the current exhibition by leading British artists, Jake and Dinos Chapman.  Entitled The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but not the Mineral Rights –  a quote by the oil and art tycoon J. Paul Getty.   The exhibition features three large scale dinosaurs entitled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.  Eight metres tall these loveable herbivores will create quite a stir in the tranquil Sussex woodlands.  They may look enticing but should be viewed with an underlying sadistic humour so typical of the Chapman brothers.


Cass Sculpture Park, New Barn Hill, Goodwood, Chichester PO18 0QP


10.30am Arrival, welcome talk and discussion of current exhibition

10.45-11.45am Two archive tours (10 people per tour)

11.45-1pm Time to explore the grounds and visit the Jake and Dinos Exhibition before heading off for lunch.

Everyone is welcome to come back to the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery afterwards for tea and coffee, and to view the Summer Exhibition.

Ticket price £25 pp . Please make your own arrangements for lunch.

Pop-up designer shopping 19 & 20 May – Birdie Fortescue & Witts Design

On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May we are bringing you stunning home and garden designware from some very special small businesses.

Interior designer & antiques specialist Birdie Fortescue worked with Percy Bass & Colefax and Fowler for ten years. She opened her own shop in a converted warehouse in the beautiful village of Burnham Market in 2014 where she now combines her antiques with a range of unusual contemporary homeware. Birdie will be bringing her pop-up take on the “outdoor garden table” especially for the exhibition. Birdie is with us for two days only so make sure you don’t miss out!

Witts Design is a company run by mother and daughter Michelle & Stephanie Witts. Everything is designed, screen print and hand make in the UK. Their pieces are inspired by what they see and experience in the world around them, everything from urban city life to the rural parks in the country. These effervescent designs are hugely individual and beautifully produced.

Ammonite Stone Carving course, June 11 & 12 with sculptor Will Spankie

Students will be guided through the process of marking out, roughing out and finishing their own Green Man relief carving in Bath stone. The practical course covers how to use hand tools, sharpening, health and safety, and where to purchase materials and carving equipment. By the end of the course, people will be able to leave with a finished carving.

The tutor:
Will Spankie trained as a sculptor in 1990 at Sir John Cass School of Art in London, and later at Central St. Martins School of Art. He undertakes private and public commissions from his Brighton base, and has experience in teaching courses at a variety of levels.

The course is limited to six participants, who will receive practical tuition and hands-on experience. Please wear old clothing and wear sturdy footwear. It is advisable to wear warm layers. All other materials will be provided.

Sunday 10th & Monday 11th June 10am – 4 pm

£170 per person to include materials, tuition, tea and coffee. Please bring any other refreshment you require. Places are strictly limited, please contact mail@moncrieff-bray.com to book.