The origins of the show were almost accidental. Val Brinton’s late husband Richard somewhat impulsively booked The Commemoration Hall for Val to stage an exhibition of her paintings - they soon realised it was a big space to fill, so with the help of artist Bill Talbot a group show of 23 exhibitors was organised.
The first exhibition was a great success  - and with funding from Hans Rausing, The Arts Council and others the show has gradually built on those early achievements to become a thoroughly professional event, widely respected, and reaching out beyond its local roots. Artists are attracted from a wide area to exhibit in the show for its professional yet friendly ambience - and of course the high visitor numbers and strong sales.

Val Brinton, born in India, won a scholarship to Harrow School of Art at age 14. At 17 she was back in India starting a long and varied career with major advertising agencies and freelancing - in illustration, cartoons, painting and theatre and film design. Val has been thoroughly integrated into Wadhurst life since 1972 and is a passionate advocate for the show and its place in the local and wider artistic community.Val stepped down from the organising committee in 2010. To mark the occasion we introduced the Val Brinton Bursary which offers one free place to exhibit to a school or college student.
Val Brinton

The show is unique in several ways ...

  • A selection show; the artist is chosen, not the work.
  • Each artist has an individual area in which to show.
  • Free admission to visitors.
  • Visitors are encouraged to discuss the works with the artists.
  • The venue is the Commemoration Hall, light and spacious.
  • The display stands were built specifically for this annual exhibition.

Members of the organising committee are:

  • Chairman: Kay Jones
  • Treasurer: Gavin Roweth
  • Secretary: Alison Trask MA
  • Ceridwen Jane Gray ASGFA
  • Chris Price

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