Past Exhibitions

Jenny Matthews

07/09/2023 - 29/10/2023

Threads of War

Patchwork hangings and embroideries made from an archive of images of women facing conflict.

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Lee Miller

02/04/2023 - 29/10/2023

Lee Miller Portraits

The Lee Miller Portraits exhibition, will feature the sole form of photography that Lee Miller continued to practice throughout her entire life. Even after she had buried her other images in the attic at Farleys, Miller still occasionally photographed her friends. Her final official portrait shoot, was of Antoni Tapies in his studio in 1972. Miller used a Rollieflex, held at chest height, to capture most of her portraits. This meant that the subject and Miller could keep eye contact, and engage in witty conversation during the shoot, resulting in the relaxed unselfconscious expressions in the faces of her sitters.

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Lee Miller and Roland Penrose

06/07/2023 - 29/10/2023

Lee Miller and Roland Penrose – Love Letters bound in Gold Handcuffs

This is an exhibition that celebrates love, friendship and creativity. It provides a comprehensive look at the photography of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose during the courting period when their love letters were written (1937-1939). Expanding to show other work by Lee Miller from her travels and period living in Egypt (1934-1939). Photographs such as ‘Portrait of Space’ are considered, by many, to have been taken by Lee at the height of her Surrealist photography output, and yet very few of her other Egyptian period images have been exhibited or published until now. This exhibition also features other never before seen images by Lee from this period.


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Susanne du Toit

13/07/2023 - 03/09/2023

Painting Women Writers

A series of twenty portraits of contemporary female writers by BP Portrait Award-winning artist, Susanne du Toit.


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Emmy Bridgwater

18/05/2023 - 09/07/2023

Emmy Bridgwater: The Edge of Beyond

This Spring, we are absolutely delighted to show works by British surrealist, Emmy Bridgwater (10.11.1906 – 13.03.1999).

This exhibition comes to us from The Mayor Gallery, London

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Annabel Moeller

02/04/2023 - 02/07/2023

Friends to Frontiers

Annabel Moeller’s work spans over three decades of photography during a career defined by her sense of adventure, and one that has taken in an astonishingly diverse cast of characters.  This exhibition is a retrospective collection of Annabel’s work to date presented in a series of chapters from her carefree beginnings creating with film in darkrooms in the 1990’s, to the fast-paced world of the infinite digital environment.

From the creative powerhouses of the Sydney Opera House and the London Coliseum to the war-scarred backdrops of Afghanistan and Iraq. Catwalk models, ballet dancers, opera stars exist alongside soldiers, surgeons and civilians.

Annabel’s photography shows her desire to tell the human side of any story with humour and determination.



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Frances Bloomfield

02/04/2023 - 14/05/2023


Frances Bloomfield’s work can be described as a form of contemporary Surrealism, which owes much to the ideas explored by Giorgio de Chirico in the early 20th century.

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GCSE and A level art students

27/10/2022 - 30/10/2022

Arts Awards

Organised by Farleys Arts Trust this bi-ennial event celebrates the outstanding creative achievements of GCSE and A level standard art students from across East Sussex Schools and Colleges.

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Lee Miller & Giles Duley

04/08/2022 - 30/10/2022

Trümmerfotographie – The Wreckage of War

Forming a subset of disaster photography, rubble photography (Trümmerfotografie) is a genre commonly composed of images depicting bombed and burned-out cities like Dresden and Cologne. It is cited when theorizing the contribution of such images to the politics of collective memory connected to Germany’s reconstruction and eventual reunification after WWII. – William Taylor

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Photograph of fisherman with nets by John Cole

John Cole

15/09/2022 - 23/10/2022

Generations: Hastings Fishing Families

This exhibition is a photographic portrayal from the 1990’s to the present of the men and women of the Hasting’s fishing community, that is Britain’s oldest, and Europe’s largest, beach-launched fishing fleet. It is a community that has been in existence for over a thousand years — a community that is on the edge of extinction.

Profits from the sale of photographs in this exhibition and copies of the book will be shared with the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society.


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Camouflage exhibition poster

Roland Penrose

26/05/2022 - 23/10/2022


An exhibition of the unpublished photographs and ephemera surrounding the making and official republishing of the Home Guard Manual of Camouflage.

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Henri T

21/07/2022 - 11/09/2022

Us | Then and Now | Taking up Space

Henri T is a visual storyteller who works with photography, moving image and performance.

They are interested in documenting, exploring and celebrating queerness, and dismantling the many barriers that our constructed, social world consists of. At the heart of their practice, is an exuberant celebration of life, with its endless possibilities for individual identity and expression.

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An exhibition from the Lee Miller Archives

03/04/2022 - 31/07/2022

Surrealist Weekends: Farleys in the Fifties

Painter Roland Penrose and photographer Lee Miller’s move to Farleys in 1949 was not to settle down but to create, entertain & inspire.

This exhibition will be shown in the Lee Miller Gallery and a book will be released to coincide with the opening.

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Grace Pailthorpe

26/05/2022 - 17/07/2022

Grace Pailthorpe – Chance Encounters in Colour

It is with great pleasure that we are exhibiting a selection of surrealist works by Grace Pailthorpe this Spring/Summer. The exhibition predominantly comprises of her late, incredibly vibrant watercolours, completed in the 1960s. These works explore her fascination with the subconscious, automatism and ‘Psycho-morphology.’

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Dorothea Tanning

03/04/2022 - 22/05/2022

Dorothea Tanning: Printmaker

Following a major retrospective of her work at the Tate Modern in 2019, we are absolutely delighted to present an exhibition of prints by Dorothea Tanning in the Spring of 2022.

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Roland Penrose and Lee Miller

20/05/2021 - 31/10/2021

The Road is Wider than Long

In 1938, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose as new lovers made a trip together around the Balkans. This exhibition is a selection of their combined photography from their journey.


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Barry Barker & David Nix

09/09/2021 - 31/10/2021

Barry Barker and David Nix – An Exhibition

This joint exhibition highlights the different ways artists and photographers might interpret Surrealism. David Nix exhibits a series of hauntingly beautiful salt prints, while Barry Barker exhibits his colourful, fun images of everyday work tools, re-imagined as fish in an aquatic fantasy. 

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Marilyn Stafford

12/08/2021 - 31/10/2021

Marilyn Stafford – A Life in Photography

This retrospective exhibition of US born photographer, Marilyn Stafford (b.1925), encompasses a wide selection of work from her international archive spanning four decades from 1948-1980.

On display in the new Lee Miller Gallery which was opened in July 2020 to provide visitors with the unique opportunity to enjoy larger exhibitions here in Muddles Green.

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Kathleen Fox

15/07/2021 - 05/09/2021

Dreaming the Found

Both 2D and 3D works included in this exhibition, Dreaming the Found, present a personal narrative that is mythical in content, sometimes playful and often revealing a darker sub-text.


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Lee Miller

20/05/2021 - 08/08/2021

Fashion in Wartime Britain

In July 2020 we opened a spacious industrial warehouse opposite Farleys Gallery to provide visitors with the unique opportunity to enjoy larger exhibitions here in Muddles Green.
The Lee Miller Gallery shows international touring exhibitions from the Lee Miller Archives and exhibitions of established artists work.

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James Owen Thomas

20/05/2021 - 11/07/2021

From Waste to Wall

Collages created from numerous pieces of used scratch cards and other recycled materials for a colourful, striking effect.


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Lee Miller Archives

16/07/2020 - 08/11/2020

Grim Glory: Lee Miller’s Britain at War

Arriving in Britain just as war was declared Lee Miller, an American with no permit to work, used her camera as her principle means of combat during World War II.



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Melanie Friend

10/09/2020 - 08/11/2020

The Home Front

Photographer Melanie Friend has often documented the wider aspects of war. Her work The Home Front reflects on the links between the military and entertainment in the UK, with a particular focus on public air shows that take place at RAF bases and in the skies above seaside resorts.


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Lee Miller

10/09/2020 - 08/11/2020

Surrealist Lee Miller

Surrealist before she knew of the movement. Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of the 20th century, her Surrealist eye informed everything she did.  Lee Miller’s work presents the world in a way that encourages us to view it in a different manner. This exhibition is an attestation to Lee Miller’s Surrealist way of seeing.


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Tony Tree

16/07/2020 - 06/09/2020

A Tale of Two Houses – Revisited

A Tale of Two Houses showcases photographs taken by Tony Tree of both Farleys House and Gallery and Charleston.


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Lee Miller Archives

16/07/2020 - 06/09/2020

Lee Miller & Picasso

New in 2020 was the opening of a Special Exhibition housed in the spacious industrial warehouse opposite Farleys Gallery. This space allowed us to show one of the international touring exhibitions created by the Lee Miller Archives and first up was Lee Miller & Picasso.


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Lee Miller Archives

07/04/2019 - 13/10/2019

Lee Miller in Colour

The Lee Miller Archives are delighted to present this brand new exhibition celebrating the colour photography in the collections. Historically a black and white archive, these lesser known works will add a splash of colour to Farleys Gallery, with some images taken as early as the 1930’s.

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Desmond Morris

11/08/2019 - 13/10/2019

Desmond Morris Bodyworks

We were delighted to show, BODYWORKS A Surrealist Anatomy, an exhibition of images by celebrated surrealist artist and zoologist Desmond Morris in Farleys Gallery in 2019.

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Peter Blake

09/06/2019 - 04/08/2019

Day trip to Farley Farm

We are very excited to present; Day Trip to Farley Farm a series of art works created especially for an exhibition in Farleys Gallery by Sir Peter Blake, who has been heralded as the Godfather of British Pop Art.

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john brockliss and alex johnson

John Brockliss and Alexander Johnson

07/04/2019 - 02/06/2019


This exhibition is a collaborative project between Alexander Johnson and John Brockliss.  Alex is a Laughton based artist who worked as Artist in Residence at Deanland Airfield, Sussex.  John is a Brighton based photographer and retired graphic designer.

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Lee Miller Archives
& The Penrose Collection

01/04/2018 - 28/10/2018

MORE Light

Awakening of unseen images from the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection. The Lee Miller Archives was founded after the discovery of negatives in the attic at Farleys.

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Roger Penrose

16/09/2018 - 28/10/2018

Illustrated Mathematics

This exhibition provided a rare opportunity to see some of Sir Roger Penrose’s beautifully illustrated mathematical theories. Roger Penrose is best known as a mathematical physicist and for his contributions to the understanding of cosmology and general relativity.


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Colour photograph of Palmyra, Syria by Piers Metcalfe

Piers Metcalfe

22/07/2018 - 09/09/2018

Syrian Road

In 2008 Piers Metcalfe went on a road trip through the desert in Syria with his Syrian wife. Piers took some hauntingly beautiful photographs of their travels with a plastic toy camera.

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Eileen Agar

20/05/2018 - 15/07/2018

Dreaming oneself awake

Eileen Agar (1899 – 1991) was a British painter and photographer associated with the Surrealist movement.  Her unique, personal style, led Paul Nash to suggest Roland Penrose and Herbert Read invite her to exhibit at the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition. This introduction began a lifelong friendship between Agar, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller.

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Metal sculpture of thrush on motorbike by Johnny White

Johnny White

01/04/2018 - 13/05/2018


Quirky and ingenious moving artworks manifest Johnny’s love of animals and his interest in mythical creatures. All of the sculptures are made using found or salvaged junk and encourage some element of audience participation or intervention.

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Poster for Lee Miller Studios, Inc exhibition featuring solarised profile of woman

Lee Miller

02/04/2017 - 08/10/2017

Lee Miller Studios, Inc. 1932 – 1934 New York

Created from works held here in the Lee Miller Archives this is a revealing focus on Lee Miller’s New York Studio work, where even in her portraiture her progressiveness and refusal to be bound by society’s expectations is evident.

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Anthony Penrose

Antony Penrose

20/08/2017 - 08/10/2017

Antony Penrose: 70 Years

An insight into the private work and travels of maker, artist, writer, photographer and film producer Antony Penrose.

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Sheila Donaldson Walters

11/06/2017 - 13/08/2017

Infinite Spirals and Joie de Vivre

Sheila Donaldson Walters was a friend and colleague of Roland’s at the ICA. She worked from her studio in Chelsea for nearly 50 years and brought colour and energy to all her artwork.

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Tim Riddihough

Tim Riddihough

02/04/2017 - 04/06/2017

After Flying

Former aviator Tim Riddihough explores the shapes and textures of our world, illustrates his discoveries and populates it with magical creatures.

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David E._Scherman dressed for war in gas mask London, England,1943

David E. Scherman

03/04/2016 - 31/10/2016

War and Friendship

A photographic exhibition to celebrate the centenary of David E. Scherman, Lee Miller’s fellow American Journalist and close friend.

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Photograph of cliff edge and lighthouse by Lin Gregory

Lin Gregory

28/08/2016 - 30/10/2016

Land and Sea

A journey along the Sussex coast, capturing the landmarks that occupy the space where the land meets the sea.

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Orna Schneerson Pascal

15/06/2016 - 21/08/2016

We’re Alive!

Celebrating life and immersing the viewer in a myriad of colours, shapes and textures.

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Desk and artworks displayed in Roland Penrose's study at Farleys

Tony Tree

03/04/2016 - 12/06/2016

A Tale of Two Houses

The Tale of Two Houses exhibition showcases photographs taken by Tony Tree of both Farley Farm and Charleston.

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Mark Glassman

07/06/2015 - 26/07/2015

Beaches and Ruins

“I find the contrasts between fields, sea, harbour, and brick and beach a source of continuous fascination.”

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Sergei Furst and Francesca Ori

05/04/2015 - 31/05/2015

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is a joint exhibition by Sergei Furst and Francesca Ori, who have cross pollinated each other’s work in shared studios in Spain and England over the last decade.

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Tony Tree

02/08/2015 - 20/09/2015

Jobbing Photographer

Tony Tree has been a professional photographer for more than 50 years starting his career at House and Garden in the 1960s. Changing direction from interiors and studio work he then travelled the world as an assistant to many of the decade’s most famous fashion photographers including David Bailey and Helmut Newton working at Vogue.



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