IF you haven’t yet discovered Langney Priory, Eastbourne’s oldest building – now is the time!

Compass Community Arts, in partnership with Tempo Arts and Historic Langney Priory, have created a sculpture trail and free exhibition of artwork made during a summer residency at the Priory. 

“Hidden Spaces” is an exploration of nature, history and found objects and is part of the Heritage Open Days festival, a volunteer-led event celebrating history and culture, giving access to normally ‘hidden’ places.

The result is a trail of temporary sculptures that almost blend in with the site, inviting visitors to explore the space and discover ‘secret’ areas of the grounds.

As you follow the trail, you’re certain to discover more than what’s on the map!

This space is much larger than it looks, meaning you can enjoy sitting with tea and cake in the gardens with the feeling of being deep in the countryside.

There is more in an empty cottage also in the grounds, including a more traditional showcase of four Compass artists – intriguing pencil line drawings, colourful mosaic-inspired drawings, striking canvas paintings and black and white photography, as well as a poetry installation from the Compass poetry group, and a Pop-Up Weaving Museum from Compass textile studio.

Following a successful launch and opening weekend, “Hidden Spaces” is open Friday 18th – Sunday 20th September from 12 – 4pm and on Eastbourne Car Free Day, Tuesday 22nd September 10am – 4pm at Langney Priory, Etchingham Road, BN23 7DT.

Keep an eye out for the next installation from Compass on the 22nd September – this will be a “yarn-bombed” bus stop on Langney Rise! (if you’re a keen knitter or crocheter and would like to contribute to this project, email info@compasscommunityarts.co.uk).

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