ARTEL is an established group of contemporary artists who are based in and around Chichester. They hold an annual exhibition of their work with most pieces for sale.

This year ALCHEMY is being held at the newly renovated Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester. The gallery is open from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm every day except Monday.

Tuesday 29th June – 10.00 – 16.30
Wednesday 30th June – 10.00 – 16.30
Thursday 1st July – 10.00 – 16.30
Friday 2nd July -10.00 – 16.30
Saturday 3rd July – 10.00 – 16.30
Sunday 4th July – 10.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 6th July – 10.00 – 16.30
Wednesday 7th July – 10.00 – 16.30
Thursday 8th July – 10.00 – 16.30
Friday 9th July – 10.00 – 16.30
Saturday 10th July – 10.00 – 16.30
Sunday 11th July – 10.00 – 16.30


Bridget Woods – Tuesday 29th June at 11am
Demonstration of expressive watercolour painting.

Carol Naylor – Wednesday 30th June 2pm
A fascinating talk by contemporary textile artist Carol Naylor who specialising in machine embroidery. Drawing with a sewing machine, Carol’s stitched pieces are inspired by nature and the landscapes of the South Downs and Spain

Deborah Richards – Thursday 1st July at 11am and 2pm
Deborah Richards will give a demonstration of expressive monotype techniques and discuss her work on display in the exhibition.

Sue England- Tuesday 6th July 11am and 2pm
Sue will be giving a demonstration of simple saddle stitch as well as explaining samples of different forms and structures of her sketchbooks. Sue is Landscape Artist of the Year Finalist 2019.

Linda Nevill – Thursday 8th July at 11am
A talk and short video revealing the artist’s collaboration with nature that created unique mixed media work

Polly Dutton – Thursday 8th July at 2pm
Polly will talk about the process of creating her body of work in response to the first lockdown of 2020.

  • Members of ARTEL represent a wide range of creative disciplines:

    Through their paintings, prints, drawings, textiles and 3D work, visitors can see how each of these artists has interpreted the subject of ALCHEMY in their own unique way, spreading some magic through their art.

    Sue England has explored the idea of materials repelling and mixing to produce new and unexpected visual results through various print methods, to produce prints and artists books.

    Polly Dutton has created a body of work to reflect her internal responses to the lockdowns of 2020, the alchemical process of turning internal emotional chaos into a positive external embodiment, whilst Carol Naylor has hand-stitched long-forgotten metallic threads and fabric pieces in her machine embroideries.

    Cathy Somerville sees Alchemy as a metaphor to paint the enchantment of a peach orchard transforming from its winter starkness to a blossom glory.

    Isabel Dodson is working with ‘The magic of colour” and Jackie Knee will show an automaton and drawings.

    A series of monotypes by Deborah Richards are inspired by an alchemist’s response to the sun and moon on water and her print processes, and Aldobranti will be exhibiting photographic results from ongoing research into the ‘cultural entanglement of the cast shadow with the Other’.
    Other exhibiting artists are Sehila Craft, Liz Hanan, Sandra Izard, Linda Nevill and Bridget Woods.

    During the exhibition there will be a programme of short talks by some of the artists.

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