Upcoming Events

Autumn Hedgerows Botanical Painting course with Mariella Baldwin 19th & 20th October

Autumn is a wonderful season to make the most of nature’s bounty.  Hedgerows are bursting with rosehips and haws, berries, fruits and nuts, woven together with thorns and prickles . . . all of which make excellent subjects to study.

To complement the Autumn Exhibition Figuration and Abstraction , we have invited botanical artist Mariella Baldwin to come to the gallery to run a workshop focusing in on the British hedgerow which is ubiquitous to the Sussex countryside.

This will be an opportunity to move from the bigger landscape picture to getting up close to examine the hedgerow in closer scrutiny.  To those new to the subject, the two-day workshop will help to demonstrate what goes into a detailed botanical painting so that the subject looks as if it could be plucked from the page.  For those more experienced, it offers an opportunity to practice and hone your skills.  The course is open to all as Mariella will give individual attention to students as well as a step-by-step process to create a good foundation from which the individual can build.

The course will take place on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th October and is £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.

This course will be suitable for anyone that would like to understand the process of a successful botanical painting from beginner to the more experienced botanical artist.  All are welcome whatever their experience as individual guidance will be given.  Tips and techniques on watercolour painting will be given, as well as ideas shared.  The emphasis will be on how to break complex botanical forms into simple terms in order to get a convincing result.


Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring your own picnic lunch.
Drawing boards, lamps, water pots will be provided.
Please bring a white china saucer [or similar], a sketchbook/smooth cartridge paper,  pencils [2H/HB] and good pencil sharpener, ruler and rubber.
Please bring any watercolours and paintbrushes you have.
Sheets of hot-pressed watercolour paper will be available for you to buy.
Please also bring a simple folder to take your work home with you.

There will be a limited supply of tube watercolour paints to share and paintbrushes to borrow.

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.