The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery is a spectacular 120 square metre converted barn and landscaped gardens with stunning views over the Rother Valley and South Downs. It opened in 2005 to hold regular exhibitions of contemporary painting and sculpture.

Prior to running the gallery Elspeth Moncrieff worked for several years as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum before becoming Deputy Editor first of the Antique Collector and then Apollo Magazine. From 1996-2004 she was the Art Market Correspondent for The Art Newspaper building up a wealth of experience about the art market.

In addition to the high quality exhibitions we stage, the gallery is a great day’s excursion located in the the heart of the South Downs National Park.  There are stunning walks, unspoilt villages, excellent local pubs for lunch and many other art galleries and antique shops in close vicinity. Glorious Goodwood, The Goodwood Sculpture Park, Pallant House Art Gallery in Chichester, the historic houses, Cowdray, Petworth House, Parham House and the gardens of West Dean College are all close  by.  Petworth is jam packed with antique and decorating shops as well and Arundel with its castle, antique shops and galleries is twenty minutes away.

New this year at the gallery we are opening a small café,  The Garden Tea Room. You can help yourself to light refreshments, tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits; we use an honesty box system.  Find a peaceful bench and while away some time in our beautiful gardens amongst the sculpture.



In the Area

Click on the photo below to watch a short film by Petworth Vision which celebrates the delights of Petworth, a hidden gem in West Sussex, which, at just over an hour and a quarter from London, is the perfect escape from the capital.

Directed by Rory Rae, and produced by award-winning film maker and Petworth local, Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films, and narrated by West Sussex local, Hugh Bonneville, the film celebrates all that this beautiful market town has to offer, including sporting events, vineyards, concerts and festivals, food, antiques and shopping.


Petworth Art and Antique Shops


Petworth House

The vast late 17th-century mansion is set in a 700-acre deer park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings. It houses the National Trust’s finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake.


Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood

An outstanding 26 acre sculpture garden showing over 70 monumental contemporary British sculptures. The Foundation commissions fresh work every year, sculptors currently on view include Tony Cragg, Bill Woodrow, Helaine Blunfeld, and Ian Hamilton Finlay.


Pallant House Art Gallery, Chichester

A first class collection of modern British art including works by Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and David Hockney, and post-war modernism by Freud, Howard Hodgkin and Henry Moore. The gallery has recently reopened in an award winning building designed by Coin St John Wilson with a constantly changing programme of loan exhibitions.


West Dean College

Formerly the home of the Surrealist Collector and friend of Salvador Dali, Sir Edward James, West Dean is now an arts and conservation college. The gardens which are open all the year include the restored Walled Kitchen Garden, one of the finest in England.


Parham House

This wonderful Elizabethan house was restored by Clive Pearson in 1922. It still retains the atmosphere of a family home today with its fine interiors, Oliver Messel ceiling in the long gallery and its outstanding gardens and park lands.


Arundel Castle

The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel is one of the great treasure houses of England, and  home to priceless works of art.


Cowdray Historic Tudor House

One of England’s finest Tudor houses which was partially destroyed by fire in 1798 and now open as a major visitor centre.





We also heartily recommended the following pubs and restaurants for ambience and excellent food  – all minutes from the gallery.

Click here for the Discover Petworth Eating Out page 



The Leconfield Restaurant, Petworth


The Welldiggers, Petworth


The Swan, Fittleworth


The White Horse, Sutton


The Hungry Guest Café, Petworth


The Hungry Guest Shop, Petworth

Outstanding, award-winning food shop, perfect for picnics.


The Angel Inn , Petworth


Coco Café Sugar Lounge, Petworth




Here are a few off our favourite spots to stay if you are  looking for an unusual week-end hideaway.


The Angel Inn , Petworth



Willow Barns, Grafham

Idyllic self-contained bed and breakfast arranged around a courtyard setting in the middle of the South Downs National Park.

Ancient coaching Inn with wonderful bedrooms steeped in history and a lively bar and restaurant.



The Old Railway Station

Beautiful  historic station built for the Prince of Wales to allow easy access to the racing at Goodwood with additional accommodation in Vintage Pullman carriages.



Shepherd’s Return

Sutton near Petworth.

Gorgeous Shepherd’s Hut in the village of Sutton with all mod cons and gourmet hampers delivered to the door .