Every July up to 400 artists, crafters, performers and musicians gathered together in Waterperry Gardens to demonstrate their skills and show their work. You could watch the potter pot, the painter paint and the sculptor sculpt. You could ask the masters of the arts of jewellery, textiles, woodwork and glassblowing about the secrets of their craft. In the ever popular Practical Classes section, you could have a go yourself at the art or craft of your choice with the guidance of an expert teacher.

When you needed a break, there was a great selection of food and drink available and the beauty of the famous gardens was also there to soak up. The Market, with over 100 designer-makers, was also there should you be looking for that special gift.

Every day up to 600 volunteers staffed the show. They helped park the cars, pick up the litter, look after the demonstrating artists, clean the loos, care for the visitors and give the show its unique atmosphere.

In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part in the first Art in Action and 14,000 visitors arrived. In 2016,  Art in Action welcomed approximately 28,000 people over four days. Visitors came to learn, buy and enjoy the exhibitions, classes and performances.

Art in Action was begun by students of the School of Economic Science and continued along with the support of many students, artists and members of the public, until 2016.



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Art in Action
4 St Oswald’s Studios
Sedlescombe Road
United Kingdom
020 7381 3192