Amberley has a long history of association with the creative arts. The railway came to Amberley in 1863 and made it accessible, especially to London.
The painter and draughtsman Edward Stott, a member of the Barbizon Group in France, came to Amberley and established an English branch of the group here. Described in 1908 as 'the poet-painter of the twilight', Edward Stott was well known in his time for his atmospheric depictions of rural and biblical scenes imbued with an ethereal quality.
Other famous artists visited or lived in Amberley and today it continues to attract artists who love the light, landscapes and environment.
The Creative Amberley event in August 2013 was a celebration of local artists and craftspeople living in and around Amberley. For Gallery of images showing the artists and events see www.creativeamberley.co.uk
Work began to restore the dew pond in September by South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), but the team received further inspiration when the Amberley Society discovered a painting of the pond from the 1930s by Felicia Lieven-Bauwens. More