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What's on this January in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 14:08 01 January 2020 | UPDATED: 15:59 08 January 2020

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We round up some of the best events and things to do across Sussex this month

ART 

11 JANUARY-18 MARCH

SKYSCAPE EXHIBITION

Petworth House and Park 

This exhibition will bring together nearly 40 objects from the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, with a focus on aerial rather than terrestrial landscapes in art. It will offer visitors a chance to see this form of art from a whole new perspective, through a collection of pieces that encompass more than 500 years of European history.  

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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15 JANUARY 

ART AND THE MODERN WORLD

Pallant House Gallery 

Can art really change the world? Kicking off the gallery's 'Art and the Modern World' series, this fascinating talk will investigate the effects that art can have, whether it is through poverty, politics, the environment or prejudice. Many popular artists have drawn attention to the issues in today's society and this talk will respond to the inequalities in our world. 

www.pallant.org.uk

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18 JANUARY 

INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY

Ditchling Museum

Led by illustrator Patrick Knowles, this class is open to anyone with the ability to hold a pen and write. The aim of this workshop is to help beginners gain enthusiasm for the art and enable them to be inspired to write at home.

www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

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18 JANUARY-22 MARCH 

ANNE RYAN: EARTHLY DELITES

Hastings Contemporary

Contemporary artist Anne Ryan is known for her brightly coloured paintings, with figures that engage in an assortment of activities - dancing, partying and posing. This exhibition will feature art with materials and works that Ryan has developed over many years.

www.hastingscontemporary.org

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21 JANUARY-26 JANAURY 

ALICE KETTLE: WITHIN EACH OTHER, PORTRAITS OF OURSELVES 

Candida Stevens

This exhibition features a new style of portraits from Alice Kettle. The purpose of this particular style of work was to focus on empathy with others as she portrays many characteristics such as memory, experience, identity and authority within 

her portraits.

www.candidastevens.com

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23 JANUARY 

THE BLUE MONKEY NETWORK - ARTISTS' RESIDENCES: BY SHARON HAWARD

Towner Art Gallery

This month, Sharon Haward will be sharing some of her wealth of experience gained over many years of artistic practice, especially as artist in residence in various different settings and locations. As well as examining the crucial role of residencies as one part of an artist's practice, she will also be sharing helpful information about where to find residencies, application tactics, managing expectations and developing DIY strategy. 

As a result, this is a must for any aspiring artist. 

www.townereastbourne.org.uk 

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25 JANUARY 

INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING

Ditchling Museum

Learn the basics of hand-weaving with the help of Jenny KilBride. Not only will this class enable you to create two samples to take home, but Jenny will also educate you on the vocabulary of weaving and share stories of her famous father, Valentine KilBride, who has his own items displayed in the museum. 

www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

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MUSIC AND THEATRE 

2 JANUARY-5 JANUARY 

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Chichester Festival Theatre 

If you're not quite ready to let go of the festive season, Moscow City Ballet's dancers are pirouetting to the Chichester Festival Theatre to perform their spectacular performance of The Sleeping Beauty. With a classic Russian production, a full orchestra and tremendous choreography, this enchanting show will be the perfect treat for the whole family.

www.cft.org.uk

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8 JANUARY 

I'M SORRY I HAVEN'T A CLUE

Chichester Festival Theatre 

The BBC's radio panel show tour is returning to Chichester this month. The award-winning production, consisting of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tony Hawks, Miles Jupp, Rory Bremner and host Jack Dee, is an unmissable event of brilliant nonsense. 

www.cft.org.uk

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8 JANUARY-11 JANUARY 

THRILLER LIVE

Theatre Royal, Brighton

A two-hour celebration of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is taking place in Brighton this month. Straight from London's West End and going into its remarkable 10th year, Thriller Live will provide you with an onstage performance filled with pop, rock, soul and disco. Book a ticket to experience your favourite songs as you're moonwalked back in time to this legendary era. 

www.atgtickets.com 

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9 JANUARY 

MEMBERS' INTRODUCTION

Glyndebourne at Ham Yard Hotel, London

Join Glyndebourne for an exclusive members' preview of their exciting Festival 2020 programme, which will transport you from palaces to prisons, convents to royal courts. The evening will also include a drinks and canapé reception, and a talk and performance from opera expert Alexandra Coghlan. There will of course be a live performance of musical highlights too, so it's an evening that truly ticks all the boxes. 

www.glyndebourne.com

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15 JANUARY 

DALISO CHAPONDA

The Hawth Theatre 

Daliso Chaponda shot to fame after winning the hearts of the nation through the 2017 series of Britain's Got Talent, where he reached the finals, and now he is taking centre stage with his first Blah Blah Blacklist tour. The hilarious show will address the disgraced, blacklisted celebrities and historical figures who we're ashamed that we once admired, as well as a small matter of family arrests, exploding buildings in his home country and the enterprising Malawian who tried to blackmail him.

www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

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18 JANUARY 

THE ROCKET MAN

The Capitol, Horsham

The Capitol welcomes The Rocket Man, a tribute to the Grammy Award-winning Sir Elton John. The musical journey will provide you with an evening full of stunning vocal and piano performances, and of course some flamboyant costumes. 

Get your singing voices at the ready, since there will be renditions of huge hits such as I'm Still Standing, Your Song and Rocket Man. 

www.thecapitolhorsham.com

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22 JANUARY-25 JANUARY 

BLITHE SPIRIT

Theatre Royal, Brighton

A delightfully creative team with a plethora of awards between them means Blithe Spirit is nothing short of amazing. This theatre production tells the story of an eccentric medium that haunts novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife with the ghost of his first wife. With one of the UK's most popular actresses, Jennifer Saunders, as the star of the show, it's definitely a night not to be missed. 

www.atgtickets.com

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23 JANUARY

BBC BIG BAND WITH CLAIRE MARTIN

Chichester Festival Theatre 

Award-winning vocalist and radio presenter Claire Martin joins the BBC Big Band and conductor Barry Forgie for a musical celebration of leading ladies of the Big Band. Through a diverse repertoire, audiences will be taken on an exploration of the 20th century's most iconic vocalists, who continue to shape and define the contemporary jazz era.  

www.cft.org.uk

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24 JANUARY 

BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA: BROADWAY IN CONCERT 

Chichester Festival Theatre. 

Join the exceptionally talented singers Clare Teal and Tom Solomon, the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Stephen Bell for an evening filled with your favourite Broadway hits - think Kiss Me, Kate, South Pacific, The King and I, Gigi, Guys and Dolls and Sweeney Todd, with Liz Robertson as your host. 

cft.org.uk

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28 JANUARY 

CARAVAN PALACE

De La Warr Pavilion

Parisian electronic band Caravan Palace are starting their full UK tour in January 2020. With their fusion of old-school jazz and house, it is no wonder they have sold a quarter of a million copies of their last studio album. They've also recently appeared on TV programmes such as The Jonathan Ross Show, and have performed at festivals such as Glastonbury and Boomtown Fair. 

www.dlwp.com

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OUT AND ABOUT 

1 JANUARY

NEW YEAR'S DAY WALK

Rye Harbour

If you're in need of a way to clear the New Year's Day fuzzy head, take part in this bird-watching walk with a warden. This morning will include the chance to see a plethora of beautiful birds to get your decade off to a singing start, and you'll be taken on a scenic circular route around salt marshes and the beach. 

www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk

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5 JANUARY 

SKY SPORTS RACING SUSSEX NATIONAL

Plumpton Racecourse 

What better way to jump start your decade than with a day full of horse jump racing? With a huge £80k worth of prize money at stake for the jockeys, the beautiful horses will be powering over fences to claim the much-heralded trophy. The racecourse also has three bars to choose from, so whether you'd rather sit down with a coffee or celebrate with a cider, this day will cater for everyone. 

www.plumptonracecourse.co.uk

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11 JANUARY 

CANDLELIT STORIES

Bodiam Castle 

Take part in the children's storytelling afternoon in the candle-lit tower of Bodiam castle. You'll be keeping hundreds of years of history alive, since during medieval times storytelling by the fire was a way of keeping spirits up during the dark, cold, winter months. 

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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18 JANUARY-19 JANUARY 

HISTORIC LIFE WEEKEND: STORIES

Weald and Downland Living Museum 

Enjoy a weekend sitting round the fire listening to stories at the Weald and Downland Living Museum. Be sure to wrap up warm as historic tales, classics and new works inspired by the museum are told. The weekend will also include their annual wassailing where there will also be music, songs and short performances. 

www.wealdown.co.uk

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26 JANUARY 

BEAT THE BLUES RACEDAY

Fontwell Park Racecourse

Come and beat the January blues at Fontwell Park Racecourse with an afternoon of jump racing. An event that the whole family can enjoy, this fun day out will include seven races and the opportunity to eat at the Land and Power Premier Restaurant.

www.fontwellpark.co.uk 

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26 JANUARY 

THE SUSSEX WEDDING FAYRE

The Hawth, Crawley

This January will see the return of the beautiful Sussex Wedding Fayre. The event is set to have a large variety of wedding specialists on hand, a bridal fashion catwalk show and even wedding cars. This event will allow you to do all your wedding planning under one roof, as well as allowing you to pick up a free goodie bag and enter all the offers and competitions.    u

www.sussexweddingfayre.com 

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