The 39th Petworth Festival has come and gone, but it will absolutely live in the memory such was the sequence of stellar performances over our very special two and a half weeks. People will inevitably differ on their personal favourites, but I have received nothing but the highest praise for the events featuring Roderick Williams, Cedric Tiberghien, The AKA Trio, The Old Blind Dogs & L’Avventura, Piers Adams and the EUCO, The Alex Mendham Orchestra - and many others. And anyone who failed to be lifted off their feet on the final evening featuring Martynas Levickis and his Lithuanian Mikroorkéstra colleagues….
Ticket sales for this year’s Petworth Festival (12th- 29th July) have started really strongly with some performances already sold out. This summer for over a fortnight, the well-established cultural extravaganza boasts an incredible line up of artists and the best talent to appear outside London
This joint exhibition explores the way two artists have responded to the landscape of Sussex both of them painting en plein aire in an expressive spontaneous manner. John Hitchens’ work in the exhibition spans a 45 year period from the 1970s to the present day and presents a retrospective of his evolving style. Anthony’s paintings were all completed over the last year.
Berry Bros have once again teamed up with us to host a series of wine tasting dinners throughout 2017. The first event will take you on a tour of vineyards around the world, pairing a series of wines with a 5 course dinner especially created by our head chef, Paul Welburn.
Trees donated by the Leconfield Estates, a sea of white lights and the smell of mulled wine and hot chestnuts combined to create a Winter wonderland at Petworth Christmas Lights switch-on. From midday to 8pm there was something for everyone.
The Star at Petworth run by Chris Connor and Ryan Coller, has won Fuller’s 2016 best country pub award, The Griffin Trophy. Presenting it chairman, Michael Turner, said: “Chris and Ryan have been at The Star since 2013 and I have seen it go from strength to strength.”
Ramsay Gibb paints majestic scenery with an underlying interest in the archaeology or ancient culture of a place. This is an exhibition of recent work from the far North-West of Scotland, the Hebrides, Sutherland and Wester Ross. . Ramsay writes about this work; ‘these beaches are the edge of Europe and the ones that face the fullest force of the Atlantic.
Open from 7 January – 10 March 2017 at Petworth House, Turner and the Age of British Watercolour offers a rare opportunity to see a major dimension of British art not normally encountered at Petworth and to consider it alongside our renowned collection of oil paintings and sculpture from the same golden period, 1780-1850.