The Grange in Rottingdean, Mick Bensley, a garden party and ducks!

06-P1050156 If you get the chance for a chat with Mick when you go to his art exhibition of maritime watercolours and oils at the Grange Art Gallery and Museum, we03-P1050164lcome it with open arms. This extensive exhibition features seascapes and dramatic rescues at sea, capturing stories of overwhelming courage.  Mick is an expert on the subject which is why he paints with such passion.


Mick was always interested in all things nautical as a child growing up in Norfolk. He studied at Norwich School of Art then worked in London as a graphic design and illustrator until he decided to develop further his maritime art. Mick has since gained a well deserved  international re01-P1050166putation as a marine artist. 1-P1050165

Mick is a marine as well as landscape painter and there are framed paintings available, unmounted works, his books recounting maritime history, his 2017 calendars, plates and cards for sale.

The art exhibitions tend to run for thee weeks at a time.

The volunteers garden party  –   Last Sunday was the day of the annual garden party for volunteers who are essential to the operation of the Grange.   This event was the brainwave of Rob Upward a few years ago and was immediately supported by The Rottingdean Preservation Society which manages the Grange Museum and Art Gallery as a charity.  Rob also arranges an annual outing.

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Opening times and other events  –  Note the Gallery is open daily except Wednesdays and Sundays,  with rooms dedicated to Rudyard Kipling and Burne-Jones.  Currently there is an exhibition called ‘Cinema by the Sea’ which goes on until October. On show are posters and artifacts from films that have been shot in Brighton or on the south coast, including ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ shot on Brighton’s West Pier

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Tea Room There is a very pleasant tea room which serves light lunches in the garden. The tea room owner made the tasty snacks for the 1-P1050151garden party!

The Kipling Gardens – are nearby and maintained by one gardP1000115ener and a small team of volunteers. It is a short walk past the village pond with waterlilies and adventurous ducks and to the left of the well.

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Note Mick’s website





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