The Fringe at the Foundry Artists

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 Crows Andrew FitchettPainting by Harold Mockford 

Artists taking part


Geoff Aldred                    Frejya Dean                    Irene Marot

Marion Brandis                Andrew Fitchett              Peter Messer

Haydn Cottam                  Antony Hall                     Harold Mockford

Marco Crivello                  Mick Hawksworth           Anne Marie o'Sullivan

Roger Dean                      Stephanie Kirk                 Rachel Plummer

                                                                                  Sarah Walton



Geoff Aldred

Geoff Aldred is a cathedral-trained stonemason who now makes work to commission, mainly carved lettering, stone reliefs and three-dimensional carvings for houses and gardens as well as churches and public buildings, using a variety of stones, slates, and sometimes wood. Geoff made the beautiful sun dial that can be seen in the Mildmay Garden at Glyndebourne. He works with letter-carver Chris Elsey and their apprentice Tom Sargeant at The Carving Studio, Wivelsfield Green.

In this exhibition he will be showing examples of his contemporary stone sculptures.



Marion Brandis


“My work is inspired by nature and the life in my garden on the Downs. I work from photographs and drawings, composing images that contain little stories in the detail. I am fascinated by the micro-detail of plants, their structure and individual beauty. I want my pieces to speak to the heart – to delight with colour and line, and to convey a sense of humour too. I want the individual pieces to have ‘presence’ – to become well-loved friends in your home and on your table!”


Haydn Cottam


Hayden’s early work featured portraits of people in domestic interiors. The subject matter then opened up to include the wilderness of Scotland or cityscapes of Northern cities. More recently his attention has been taken by the local landscape.

My paintings are landscapes with the human figure included.  Usually they attempt to describe a moment of contact with the natural world through an elemental, physical and often exhilarating experience

 Worked and showed with painters such as Gavin Lockheart and Peter Doig in California and London 

1990 commended BP Portrait Award,

1991 and BP Travel Award. 

1995  winner of The Carole Foundation at the Mall Galleries in London.


Roger Dean


Roger Dean is an internationally recognised artist and designer, whose evocative and visionary images with associated graphics, logos, and lettering, created a new genre of work.

In this exhibition Roger is showing  a new version of the Virgin Records logo  produced to celebrate the 40thanniversary of the brand. He will also be exhibiting larger work  featuring  some of his trademark themes .


Freyja Dean


 Freyja studied Scientific and Natural History and has just completed an MA in Art and Science at Central St Martins. Her work incorporates patterns and structures derived directly from nature.

 In 2008 Freyja was commissioned to design costumes for Puccini’s opera ‘Edgar’, for the Puccini Festival in Torre Del Lago . As well as painting and printamking she designs magazine and album covers, and is currently working on a virtual reality costume and character design project .

In this exhibition she will be showing drawings, paintings and prints.


Andrew Fitchett


‘ Painting is to me, a deeply personal journey where I am the one I am trying to surprise most. Inspiration often comes from the atmosphere of a place. I am particularly drawn to moments of stillness and isolation.

This exhibition offers me the opportunity to show new work that I have mostly produced over the last year.. The physical size and complexity of my work has also increased, so the chance to exhibit in such a generous space as the Foundry Gallery is greatly welcomed.

My work is in private collections in UK, Holland, Germany, Norway, America and Canada and I have had recent exhibitions in the Foss Gallery in London and the Leith Gallery in Edinburgh.


Antony Hall

Antony  lives and works in Lewes.  His three dimensional work is often created from found objects and discarded materials. Everyday items are transformed through thoughtful craftsmanship and witty cross- references.

He creates intricate, surreal  papercuts that are so well loved that many are destined to  become family heirlooms. His three dimensional work is often created from found objects and discarded materials. Everyday items are transformed through thoughtful craftsmanship and witty cross- references.

His work has been shown at The Foundry Gallery and Adamczewski Lewes, Woolff Gallery, London, Glasgow Art Fair, London Art Fair, Affordable Art Fair London and New York, Toronto International Art Fair, Art London.

He will be showing paper-cuts, furniture and sculpture.


Mick Hawksworth


Mick Hawksworth is a film maker and designer.

This work in collaboration with Rachel Plummer explores the idea of speed and form to create animated sequences and print images that reflect our obsession with flight

Rachael Plummer

Rachael Plummer is an abstract painter whose dynamic mark-making is always at the forefront of her imagery. Using reclaimed wood, natural earth pigments, shellac, graphite, chalks even on occasions, river mud, she aims to make her work have as little impact on the environment as she can whilst the execution of Rachael’s painting composition is often determined by the speed with which she moves through the landscape. The intensity of her mark-making conveys what she describes as a “visual velocity”, an active contemplation of her environment


Stephanie Kirk

My paintings are primarily about identity and transformation. For me, these themes incorporate ideas about boundaries, restrictions and shifting points of view; the limitations of the physical body, for example, or the way in which we view our own histories.

Colour has always been important and is a constant challenge and interest. I paint in layers because this seems most appropriate to my subject and because it brings in the element of time and memory. The figures become part of each other, or bleed through from one layer to the next.



Irene Marot


Irene Marot is a professional actress turned artist. Her work focuses on the extraordinary held in the ordinary, giving attention to the apparent mundane whilst seeking transmutation.

Living in a small farming village on the South Downs necessarily impacts her practice; recognising the strong connection to the animals whilst tracking feelings and responses to the energetic source of the natural shapes around her.


Peter Messer

“I have never wanted my paintings to be seen solely through complicated notions of art. lt is possible for representational paintings to be resonant, intense and poetically ambiguous without sacrificing a certain straightforwardness. The truth is that I like the craft of painting, the materials, the processes and the problems, as much as I like to daydream. I enjoy being surprised by everyday splendour, layers of light, emotion and memory. The luck to be astonished in the right place.”

Peter will be showing tempera paintings based on his detailed scrutiny of Lewes Life..



Harold Mockford


Harold Mockford is one of the best known and most loved Sussex artist. His inspiration comes from the South Downs landscape - in particular around
Eastbourne, where he lived until 1996 until he moved to Newhaven. He depicts the familiar rolling hills, woodland and coastal scenes of East Sussex, but transforms them into the extraordinary through his use of deep, rich colours and surreal perspectives.

He will be showing a selection of paintings from various stages of his working life.

Anne Marie O’Sullivan

“My passion is in all things woven, knotted and netted. I make baskets and love to transfer the traditional skills of basket making into larger woven forms.”



Sarah Walton


Sarah Walton is a highly regarded maker with work in many museum collections. She lives and works near Alciston, seven miles from Lewes, where she has run her workshop for the last 38 years.
The English landscape is a theme in her work. She has walked, drawn and painted it since childhood and it lies behind her evolution of birdbaths which she has made since 1984. Of these she says:- “I am their sole producer. Each is unique and unrepeatable in its finer details and colourings. They are frostproof. In a dormant winter garden, glistening with frost, they become vehicles for light and shadow. They have a practical purpose while achieving the qualities of sculpture.”
To produce them she uses a salt kiln, a huge, dirty, hand-built structure weighing many tone; a marathon to pack, fire and maintain. Firings take 39 hours, a noisy time of fierce, smoky, smelly heat, one worked in shifts by two potters.