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Moon Talk

An illustrated talk about our obsession with all things Moon

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tickets are £20 and are available on Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

Join astronomer Dr Robert Massey and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts.

Image of a book cover depicting the moon against a black background

Humans have been fascinated with our nearest heavenly body, the Earth’s Moon, since prehistoric times. In 2019 it will be 50 years since we set foot on the Moon during the Apollo space missions. 

Join astronomer Dr Robert Massey and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts, from earliest ritualistic drawings and objects, Romantic symbolism and silent movies, to scientific observation, photography, and space race propaganda.

Writer and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske has been an associate of the University of Sussex since 1999, and now works as a curator at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Her fascination with the Moon was sparked by the ubiquitous presence of the Moon in Romantic painting and literature.

Astrophysicist Dr Robert Massey is the Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society. Robert. He regularly appears on TV and radio to explain aspects of astronomy and space exploration and has written a number of articles on astronomy, including Moon: Art, Science, Culture with Dr Alexandra Loske.

This is definitely one for your diary!

Tickets available on Eventbrite.


The Regency Town House Christmas Show

Saturday 7th December 2019,
doors 7:00pm, event 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Tickets are £15 (plus booking fee) and are available on Eventbrite here.

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without
The Regency Town House Christmas Show,


The Regency Singers

Regency Characters

The Christmas Ghost Story

Entertaining Recitations

Christmas Carols

Raffle & mince pies baked in our own basement kitchen

The link to ticket sales is here http://bit.ly/ChristmasShow2019

Christmas Dine Like a Servant

Saturday 14th December 2019, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Earlybird tickets are £40 before 1st December,
available on Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

Join us for a special Christmas edition of Dine Like A Servant. Experience recipes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Expect authentic historical food outrageously displayed.

Cartoon from the Georgian period showing servants around a table, dining and drinking

This is the menu for a previous Regency Dinner, the menu for Christmas Dine Like a Servant will be different, but will retain the same standards.


Followed by a choice of:

A Peas-soup for Winter, or an Onion; Soup Fresh Bread Rolls, done the London way

Followed by a choice of:

Game Pye, or Mushroom Pye; Garden Things, done the French way; Piccalilli, pickled figs & red cabbage

Followed by a choice of:

London Cheesecake; Chocolate Tart, Hannah Glasse’s recipe; Ribbon Jelly, hypocras jelly & almond flummery; Poached Pear, done the Portuguese way

Followed by:


Tasting notes: 

Negus This beverage of wine or port, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg was created by Colonel Francis Negus, a British courtier, in the early 18th century. The drink remained a popular fortifier on cold evenings throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Flummery is a starch-based, sweet, soft dessert pudding known to have been popular in Britain and Ireland from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

New cooking techniques, often French, and ingredients allowed cooks to refine this pudding to become a staple sweet dish on the table, often presented in elaborate ways, and with considerably better tastes and textures than the oatmeal original.


Themed Life Drawing Class - The Dandy

Saturday 21st December, 10:30am - 4:00pm

Expect flamboyant detailing and accessories that nod to Edwardian decadence! 

Photo of a man and a woman, heavily made up and wearing flamboyant clothing, jewellery and plumes hats

Do join me for our drawing session, ‘THE DANDY’ is the theme, with Hattie Snooks modelling.

Tickets are £60, to include:

  • Christmassy Regency themed lunch cooked by The Regency Cook
  • Tea and coffee
  • All materials
  • Easels and boards
  • Mini tour of the house 

This will be a unique, fully tutored, drawing session set in the Drawing Room of a stunning Grade 1 listed building.

Email: debbie.hinks@virgin.net to book your place, or tel: 01273 505201 - Gift vouchers available



Fergus Hare - Solo Exhibition

Monday 11th - Sunday 17th November,
12:00noon - 4:00pm, free admission

Painting, featuring a telegraph wire traversing a landscape with distant hills.
Fergus Hare, Solar System, 2019, oil on linen

Fergus Hare makes oil paintings of the Sussex landscape. However, rather than paint directly from the landscape, these works stem from the imagination. With a firm nod to the fantastical “valley of vision” of Samuel Palmer and the mysticism of William Blake, Hare re-imagines the landscape as a dream-scape, on the edge of twilight. Alongside his paintings Hare also makes extraordinary charcoal drawings of the moon and planets. A solar system of the imagination.

"Fergus Hare can without a doubt be seen in a tradition of Great British landscape painting, bringing the genre into the 21st century while referencing and drawing inspiration from the past and future. He meticulously observes each chosen location, but looks at it with an artist’s eyes, taking some elements away, simplifying others. The narrative and visual power of his work lies in the depiction of natural light, atmospheric conditions and cloud formations. There is a language in the sky, and Fergus paints it, giving us the essence of landscape.

Fergus uses the same basic iconography as the great British landscape painters of the late 18th and early 19th century, depicting a pre-industrial idyll of unspoilt lush nature. But look closer and it becomes clear that his landscapes are very much of this century, with subtle but unmistakable references to the time of their creation. The odd telegraph mast, a hint of contemporary architecture, the absence of anachronistic picturesque elements such as carts or old farming equipment."

Dr Alexandra Loske, art historian, 2015.

Christmas Open Houses exhibition

Six artists, three consecutive weekends:
23rd & 24th November
30th November & 1st December
7th & 8th December

11:00am to 5:00pm, free admission

An exhibition of works by artists: Jane Palmer, Laura Darling, Ros Osberg, Juliet Milward, Stef Hunter and Tan Kingston.

A grid of images showing six artworks, five are paintings and one is a ceramic

In the magnificent drawing room of The Regency Town House, six artists present a stunning collection of paintings, drawings and ceramics. The six met at the St Andrews Place Art School in Lewes and continue to work collaboratively.

Laura Darling paints in oils to capture semi-abstract interpretations of landscape; exploring colour, texture and the morphology of the land. Her more figurative work focuses on still life, employing similar paint techniques to evoke mood and light. See: https://www.lauradarlingart.com/

Stef Hunter is a ceramicist. She produces thrown and handbuilt ceramics with a focus on colour and surface, influenced by the seasons and places on the South coast. Stef graduated in 3d design from Bristol and completed an MA in Ceramics at UCA Farnham. 

Tan Kingston is a fine artist based in Kent, Sussex & Somerset. Her oil paintings are an exploration and interrogation of aesthetics through colour, brushstrokes and texture.

Juliet Milward is a figurative artist, painting in oils. Her use of colour draws the viewer into the atmosphere created in her paintings, where the background and figure are given equal importance. See: https://julietmilward.com/

Rosin O’shea is a South African born self-taught artist who is a successful Interior Architect and founder of the design and build business www.Redsquaredb.com. An artist and sailor who is passionate about people, portraits and experiencing the world’s many cultures. 

Jane Palmer won the Artist of the Year award in the May AOH festival. She specialises in portraits in oils, and welcomes commissions. Jane loves ‘capturing those elusive moments when models forget themselves and travel somewhere else’. She will also be showing her Sussex landscapes, still lifes and life drawings. See: www.janepalmerbrighton.co.uk



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