Folk Art Exhibition

Wednesday 07 June - Monday 31 July

Community Gallery

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘Folk Art’?

From curious collages to decorated jugs, Folk Art comes in many different forms. Usually created by self-taught artists with a local focus, the artwork produced is often highly decorative and practical in nature. The collections at Littlehampton Museum are peppered with fantastic examples of Folk Art, some more contemporary, some dating back hundreds of years, all of which we are proud to be showcasing this summer.

From Wednesday 7th June our exhibition ‘Folk Art’ will put these rarely glimpsed pieces on the pedestal they deserve for our visitors to admire.

The one-off pieces on display include a very special collage by the Nationally famous Folk Artist George Smart, which has been meticulously conserved and newly presented by Sussex based conservation studio, Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd

George Smart was also famously known as ‘the Tailor of Frant’, and during the early 19th century he made a name for himself creating charming caricatures for tourists to the Sussex landscape. A select few of his works to have survived were recently on show at the Tate Britain as part of their celebration of outstanding British Folk Art, and this is a wonderful opportunity to see such a fine example of his work close-up in a local museum.

The exhibition will be complemented by some never before displayed whimsical pieces from the Littlehampton Museum collection, alongside some superb loaned items courtesy of the Sompting Village Morris Side.

Also on show is a very special collection of decorative ‘canal ware’ kindly loaned from Littlehampton resident Mrs. Jill Belchamber, who dedicates the display to her late husband Richard Belchamber, who created the stunning pieces.