Designer Maker Fair, November 2nd 2019

Bexhill weather exceeded itself on November 2nd 2019. Our event, held in the De La Warr Pavilion Studio, was treated to howling winds and torrential rain. Because of the extreme conditions, the media’s advice was to stay at home. Sensibly, most Bexhill citizens did just that! However, those amazing people who did venture through the studio doors were greeted with cheers by the stall holders.

As always, the show looked wonderful, but as expected on such a wild day, the footfall was not! 13 tables were taken showing a variety of beautifully crafted work, ranging from jewellery, toys, textiles, lino cuts, glassware, cartoons, cards, paintings and a variety of seasonal fare.

Despite the adverse conditions, 71 visitors were recorded and sales were made. A day to remember or otherwise? !!!!

St Barnabas Summer Fair August 3rd 2019

Summer Fair 201916 tables were set up for this event and the show looked wonderful.  We received very favourable comments about our Art and Craft work.  The Chairman of Rother District Council, Councillor Byrne, visited the show and spent a lot of time with each stall holder discussing their work.

Photos of the show can be seen on the galleries page.



The Spring Exhibition

The Spring Exhibition was held over the bank holiday weekend Friday 24th to Monday 27th May 2019, in the Studio of the De La Warr Pavilion.

The Mayor, Cllr. Azad, with our chairman
Maggie Carpenter



Many thanks to cellist Edna for providing mood music.



A very high standard of work was exhibited over 4 days during the Bank Holiday weekend.  A wonderful variety of work was displayed ranging from oils to acrylic, water colour and pastel with the more unusual stunning ‘woven’ pictures, to collage and fabric scenes together with cards and a display of crafts.

One section was devoted as a tribute to the work of a founder member Iris Wells, a professional commercial artist who recently passed away.

Some examples of the work on display are shown on the galleries page.

At the opening the Chairman Maggie Carpenter welcomed everyone and said she hoped they would enjoy the Exhibition which was considerably bigger than previous years as we had many new members.  She thanked the committee, especially Di Jones who masterminded the whole weekend, the De La Warr staff and Edna Akam for playing the cello during the preview.

The BAW President Terry Carter and his wife Doreen were also present.

The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Bexhill Abul Azad who thanked the group for asking him to open the show again.  He went on to say how much he enjoyed last year’s opening and was looking forward to seeing this year’s art, and declared the Exhibition open.

The group is very grateful to Rother District Council for their very generous grant that enables them to stage the exhibition each year.

The next event is the one day Arts and Crafts sale to be held on Saturday 3rd August at St Barnabas’ Church in Cantelupe Road.   The group is always pleased to welcome new members of all abilities: please use our contact form for further information.


The Designer Maker Exhibition

De La Warr Pavilion Studio, Saturday 17th November.

Prints and Ceramics

Textile Crafts








The Show presents an exciting, eclectic mix of high quality, handcrafted art and craft items. Many are priced at very favourable rates to enable the purchasing of very personal, special gifts, for family and friends.


Decorative Glassware

Wooden Toys






Items for sale include stunning jewellery; colourful glassware pieces, both practical and decorative; lovely warm knitwear; cartoons to make you laugh and brighten up your day; calligraphy designed to please; original prints and artwork to visually enhance your home; gorgeous ceramics to use and display, and incredibly well-made wooden toys that are wonderful for both adults and children to play with!


There is also a range of cards to peruse, both handmade and commercially printed. They are all designed by the participants at the Fair, offering a wide range of subject matter from which to choose.




The Summer Exhibition at the De LA Warr Studio





The Summer Exhibition was opened on Friday 24th of August by Cllr. Azad, the Mayor of Bexhill.  Visitors were ‘played in’ by the Pevensey Ukelele Group (PUG) who closed with a rousing version of “Rockin’ all over the World”.

Numerous and varied paintings, drawings and craftwork were on display, and original works were available to be purchased at the show. The event continued until 5 pm on Monday 27th August.

The St. Barnabas Spring Fair





Our Spring Fair at St. Barnabas was a great success, with 12 spaces taken showing a variety of art and crafts.  Thank you to everyone who took part and worked so hard and flexibly on this new venture.

We would also like to thank Father Huggins and church wardens Judith and Anne for their help and support.

The footfall was excellent.  A broader range of the public visited the exhibition in comparison to those who usually view our exhibits in a gallery.

There were some really good comments in our visitors’ book, congratulating us on our high standard of work and the helpful comments made by exhibitors to those requesting information about the work displayed.

Next year we hope to repeat the experience, probably for one day, and in May rather than April.  Please see the galleries page for examples of the exhibits.

The Designer Maker Fair – November 5th, 2017.


The exhibition was very successful, with high-quality exhibits and a good number of visitors.

For more photos of some of the artists and exhibits please see the galleries page.

The Collage and Montage Workshops – February 14th and 28th, 2017.


At the first session, we made collages using tissue paper, painted paper or coloured paper. Initially, examples, ideas and demonstrations of techniques were shown and then participants explored making pieces using a variety of subject matter and media.

The second session started with everybody discussing briefly the work they had  completed at home after session one. The idea behind this session, was that we would use found imagery such as magazines, travel brochures, news print cuttings, etc. or utilise “unvalued” own made paintings or drawings in order to create new pieces.

Again, attendees chose their own sources for inspiration or worked from their own imagination. 

The works produced were of a really high standard and the sessions were very productive and enjoyable. Examples made in both instances can be seen on this web site on the Galleries page.

Di Jones & Ella Hodston 


The ‘My Place’ Exhibition at the Murmurations Gallery, Bexhill, 14th – 19th February 2017

This was our fourth exhibition at the Murmurations Gallery and, despite it being February, brought in the second highest attendance that we have had there. Well done to all exhibitors and particularly to Janet for the hard work in arranging the show.

There was a wide range of interpretations of the theme as we had hoped, and media ranging from collage to oils, watercolour to acrylics, as well as some crafts including jewellery, textiles, models and glassware. This variety brought compliments from visitors, notably one whose father has recently joined BAW causing her visit to see his work, but she stayed much longer than intended and stocked up on cards. Two paintings and some craftwork were sold on this occasion, though perhaps this is a reflection of uncertain times. However, cards sold well as ever.

Our next and most prestigious event is the Spring Exhibition in The Studio of the De La Warr Pavilion, over the Mayday bank holiday (see Calendar). There is no theme to this one so it is a good opportunity to get working on whatever takes your fancy. Look out for the next newsletter which will contain full details.

Finally, between the publicity for this and other events, word of mouth and our regular session at the museum, we’ve had a number of new members join recently. Welcome all, and we look forward to getting to know you better as the year progresses.

Steve Hall   Publicity   01424 539466