About

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.

On moving to Sussex with a young family she decided to acquire the derelict farm yard  beside her  house and open a gallery.  Beginning with two recent graduates of the West Dean College MA course Tim Kent and Pippa Blake the gallery has continued to grow and expand showing living, artists and sculptors drawn from all corners of the British Isles.  Work is selected with a commitment to quality, integrity and originality from both established and emerging artists and the gallery is delighted that artists and sculptors they nourished and showed at an early stage in their career have gone on to gain an  international audience.

In keeping with the  country location the gallery has a strong interest in landscapes and seascapes as well as interiors and still lives and our artists could be described as hovering between abstraction and figuration with a strong feeling for the environment and their immediate surroundings, whether it be a domestic interior or  a wild coastline.

We have built up a  loyal following of clients who have remained faithful to the gallery returning  to our annual summer exhibition which is a high light of the year  as guests enjoy our selection of  sculpture displayed in a natural setting beyond the confines of  a gallery –   with wonderful views across the Rother valley.

The gallery prides itself on its relaxed and welcoming approach, dogs and children are always welcome. It is a destination in its own right, but also less than ten minutes from Petworth with its wealth of art and antique shops. We look forward to welcoming you to this  surprising destination  –  a gallery of West End quality located half a mile down a farm track in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

 

Photo credit Anne Purkess

 

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

www.discoverpetworth.org/petworth-antiques

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.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth

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.

www.sculpture.org.uk

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.

www.pallant.org.uk

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.

www.westdean.org.uk/gallery

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.

www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

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.

www.arundelcastle.org

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.

www.cowdray.org.uk

www.thesculpturewebsite.co.uk

www.thegardeningwebsite.co.uk


 

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 

 

OUR FAVOURITES INCLUDE

The Leconfield Restaurant, Petworth

www.theleconfield.co.uk

The Welldiggers, Petworth

www.welldiggers.co.uk

The Swan, Fittleworth

www.swaninnhotel.co.uk

The White Horse, Sutton

www.whitehorse-sutton.co.uk

The Hungry Guest Café, Petworth

www.thehungryguest.com

The Hungry Guest Shop, Petworth

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

www.thehungryguest.com

The Angel Inn , Petworth

www.angelinnpetworth.co.uk

Coco Café Sugar Lounge, Petworth

www.cococafesugarlounge.com

 


Accommodation

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

 

The Angel Inn , Petworth

www.angelinnpetworth.co.uk

 

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.

www.willowbarns.co.uk

 

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.

www.old-station.co.uk

 

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 .

www.theshepherdsreturn.com