DoNotObstruct Gallery, Kemptown

Our favourite Art Galleries and creative things to do in Sussex

From art clubs, new exhibitions, and learning art history, here are our favourite galleries to visit in Sussex



The Paint Club 

Brighton’s original paint and sip night for those who are looking for creative things to do in the city. There is no need to have any experience, as The Paint Club hosts regular workshops taught by local professional artists. All sessions include your painting materials and a canvas to take home. Go to The Plough Inn in Rottingdean to paint a llama on the 23rd of Feb! For a full list of events and locations go to


Duncan-Poulton_Many-Happy-Days_2022_digital-collage_3000px – Duncan Poulton

Fabrica is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes. They are pleased to announce that a new photographic image by Duncan Poulton – an artist based between London and Brighton – has been chosen for the In Between Gallery. This work will sit in Fabrica’s large window space which highlights the pandemic induced bleakness that comes with facing our own mortality. 

Fabrica is based in the former Holy Trinity Church, Duke Street. 

Phoenix Art Gallery and Canvas Coffee 

Table with brushes and tools in an art workshop. Background.

Phoenix Art Space is for community groups, families, schools, students, arts professionals, organisers, individuals and more, prioritising inclusivity. Phoenix hosts exhibitions and events across the Main Gallery, Window Gallery and Project Space. Expect talks, workshops and pop-ups. Grab a Canvas Coffee from the cafe and catch Daniel J.G’s exhibition in the Window Gallery (until the 26th of Feb).

10-14 Waterloo Pl, Brighton. 


Very Private?
Until 12 March 2023,

Exhibitions ‘Betty Woodman and George Woodman’ and ‘Hyleton Nel: This Plate is what I have to say’ are brand new this Spring, and tickets are on sale now. Charleston is based in the heart of the South Downs National Park in Firle. A charming and romantic space where you can explore the lives of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, or participate in a poetry short course. Discover the house and gardens and learn some art history at Charleston

Firle, Lewes

DONotobstruct Gallery  

Do Not Obstruct Gallery & Exhibitions were ideas constructed by Freeman & Kirsteen Adams. Their gallery provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works, comprising a range of media on a range of themes. From urban graffiti paintings to contemporary local landscapes and celebrated abstract works. The gallery is curated to reveal how the visual language of signs, shapes and colours is rooted in a shared fascination with fine art and contemporary urban hanging side by side.

7 St George’s Rd, Kemptown.

35 North Contemporary 

Sharon and John Whiting established 35 North Contemporary Fine Art in September 2014 to promote the work of contemporary artists through a regular programme of exhibitions. 35 North presents up to 10 exhibitions annually by represented and invited artists both established and emerging. Exhibitions include painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics. Some featured artists include Pip Adams, John Brockliss and Michelle Cobbin. You can find 35 North Contemporary situated in the vibrancy of the North Laines.

35 North Rd, Brighton

Pallant House Gallery 

Credit: Cliffs at Rottingdean (oil on canvas on millboard) by Nicholson, William (1781-1844) © Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, UK

Sussex Landscape: Chalk, Wood and Water

Until 23 April 2023

Defined by its iconic chalk-cliff coastline and the rolling South Downs, Sussex has been an inspiration for artists across the centuries.  A place of creativity, exploration, retreat and alternative lifestyles. See the landscape through the eyes of artists J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, the Bloomsbury Group, Ivon Hitchens and Eric Ravilious. With photography by Eileen Agar and Lee Miller amongst others, sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy and exciting new work by contemporary artists.


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