The Society of Eastbourne Artists

Bringing Art to Eastbourne

In 2015 Andrew G. Forrest gave a fascinating lecture to a large audience on Paris in the 1890's - Art & History.


His detailed talk included a slide show highlighting the artists of the day, their personal lives and their work as well as the political and religious situations of the time. Andrew included  a selection of his own photos.

In November 2016 Roy Calthorpe spoke to members and guests on the history of drawing from cave drawing onwards. See the events page for more details.

​​The Lenora Houchin Memorial Evening


Lt. Colonel Havers Houchin and his wife Lenora were both artists and keen members of the Association of Eastbourne artists now known as the Society of Eastbourne Artists. When his wife died in the 1980’s Havers found it too distressing to continue to attend meetings without her. He set up a special trust fund in her name for the Society to hold an annual lecture. The Society today continues to keep Lenora’s memory alive and honour the wishes of her husband.




Each November the Society invites a lecturer to talk

on their specialist subject. A wide range of topics

are covered from artists own lives to that of the

masters like Paul Gauguin.




A very interesting and enjoyable evening was presented to SEA members and guests by artist Christopher Osborne. He talked in depth about his artistic journey from turning professional in 1974 when he bought a Dormobile and took to the road. Christopher is self taught, his work is greatly influenced by sensitive observations of land and sky. He lived in Essex where his work reflected sweeping skies and landscapes. He later fell in love with East Sussex and moved here with his family.

After the coffee break Christopher demonstrated the use of oils using a coloured ground, limited palette, brush and knife. Members will no doubt remember his advice "make your darks thin and you lights fat". Grateful thanks to Christopher from the SEA.