Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Eric Slater walk drive and talk (art)

Cuckmere Haven by Eric Slater
An email last week from author James Trollope prompted my blog post today. The expert in the field of Eric Slater prints, I was very pleased to buy a copy of his new book, Slater's Sussex, on the subject a couple of months ago. James' next endeavour is a 3 hour walk-and-drive-tour around Seaford visiting various sites which inspired Slater's landscape images. The tour will take place this Sunday, the 28th of July.

JT: It starts at 10am at Seaford Museum which is in the Martello Tower (free parking) with a short talk and small exhibition. After the museum (featured in his print 'Seaford Head'), it's a 5 minute stroll along the seafront to Splash Point which inspired 'Rough Sea'. Then 5 minutes in the car to South Hill Barn (free parking) and a 10 minute stroll to the Coastguard Cottages where Robb and Lucy, who live there, will provide a cup of tea. On this section we'll see Slater's inspiration for 'Cuckmere Haven' and 'The Coastguard Station' as well as visiting Robb and Lucy's stunning cliff top home. Then back to South Hill barn (another 10 minute walk) and then a short drive to Dymock Farm where we'll stop at a private garden which gives a fantastic view of Slater's 'The Stack Yard'. After that back to the museum for 1pm. 

Booking is recommended online on the Towner Gallery website - go to 'Events' and then 'All'. You can probably also book in person when visiting the Towner.  Entry to the museum and refreshments at the Coastguard Cottages are included in the price of £20 or £15 to friends of Towner.