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We run a program of talks and other events open to the public which complement our objective of preserving and protecting the South Downs National Park. Our aim is to update our members and supporters of our campaigns and activities.

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Eric Ravilious and the South Downs


A Zoom Webinar event on Tuesday 5th October 2021, 7:30pm to 9:00pm (approx.)

James Russell explores the life and work of the enigmatic artist, Eric Ravilious, in this colourful and wide-ranging lecture.

The landscape that most inspired Eric Ravilious (1903-42) was the chalk downland of southern England. Raised in Eastbourne, he began painting watercolours as a teenager, walking or cycling around the South Downs in search of good subjects, and he returned to this artistic home throughout his brief, brilliant career. But what was it about the chalk hills that so inspired him? Why was he so fascinated by landmarks such as The Long Man of Wilmington? This colourful, wide-ranging lecture explores these questions and many others, while at the same time offering insights into the life and work of this enigmatic artist.

James Russell curated the 2015 blockbuster ‘Ravilious’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery. His latest exhibition, ‘Eric Ravilious: Downland Man’, opens at Wiltshire Museum, Devizes in September 2021, and features themes and artworks discussed in this lecture.

We would also like to draw your attention to the following which should be of interest:

CPRE Sussex are hosting a Festival of Spring, a series of five talks beginning on Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 with Dr Geoffrey Mead. Novelist William Shaw is featured on Sunday, February 28, 2021 to discuss his latest novel, ‘Grave’s End.’ Hear Sir Charles Burrell discuss the Knepp Rewilding project on Wednesday March 31. For the complete program, please follow this link:

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