Along with bringing a variety of affordable events to our area, RAP is here to support local community arts’ based projects. If you have an idea, need help with publicity and/or funding, do get in touch.
Made in Robertsbridge 2020
Celebrating local creatives | 15-17 May 2020
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Robertsbridge Arts Partnership we plan to host a three-day festival of exhibitions, workshops and special performances to showcase your abilities.
Painter, potter, drummer, knitter, jeweller, poet, photographer, weaver, whatever your medium we want to hear from you. We want this festival to be a collaboration, culminating in a piece of art or craft designed for permanent display in the village.
If you’re interested in getting involved, please get in touch by:
Speaking to Gillian Branford. You can find her most days at:
Teal, The Old Bank, High Street, Robertsbridge
We plan to kick off with a meeting in May 2019 (date and venue tbc) to discuss ideas and put together a framework.
Creatives and non-creatives alike, everyone is welcome to participate.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Robertsbridge Christmas Capers 2018
Now an annual tradition, Robertsbridge Christmas Capers is the perfect start to the season’s festivities. From 6pm until 9pm the High Street is closed to traffic and the village comes alive. From Ripley’s Forge to the George Inn, down Station Road to The Moat Practice and the Village Stores, it’s all going on.
Villagers throw open their shops and homes and invite you in for a glass of good cheer and the chance to do some Christmas shopping.
On the streets there are street food sellers and entertainers aplenty. This year you’ll find Beautiful Bonfire Society Burgers and Delicious Darvell Donuts. There’ll be choirs and carolling, a lantern parade and bouncing snowmen on stilts.
And can you Out the Sprout? Join in the treasure hunt to find the 12 sprouts of Christmas hiding in plain sight at various venues along the Capers’ trail. It’s free to enter and you could win a prize…
At this year’s event, we are delighted to be sponsoring the Lantern Parade and the magical installation, A Hall Full of Stars by local artist Martin Brockman.
Local Writers & Artists on the South Downs
A discussion based course exploring a fascinating and diverse group of 20th century writers, poets and artists who lived on the South Downs and were inspired by its landscape, history and people. Will include Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set; Rudyard Kipling, Vanessa Bell and others.
by Pam Golding
This project came about because we wanted to create a photographic record of Robertsbridge villagers by villagers. The project follows on from the first Folk-Us which ran in 2008. So, we engaged the services of professional photographer Malcolm Glover, to run a series of workshops to help us take pictures worthy of including in the archive.
Still ongoing, we welcome more participants taking photos of local people, with any kind of camera!
Please contact us for more information about how to be involved and enter your photos:
Pam Golding 01580 880359 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Pitman 01580 881944 email@example.com
We are grateful to Rosemary and Tony, proprietors of the Ostrich for their ongoing support and hosting of so many RAP events free of charge. And for allowing the RAP committee to hold its regular
meetings at the hotel.
The Ostrich also hosts:
Meet of the Tongue
8:00 pm, 1st Friday of the month
A storytelling, spoken word and music gathering help 8:00pm – 10:30 pm on the first Friday every month upstairs at the Ostrich. All welcome to attend and join in or just listen.
Contact MC Yvonne Rees for more information: Tel 07400 913 047 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
8:00pm, 2nd Wednesday of the month
A friendly, musical gathering for musicians and music lovers of all abilities. Folk, rock, pop – you name it they play it. All welcome to join to play, sing along or simply listen.
The Ostrich Hotel
Station Road, Robertsbridge
East Sussex TN32 5DG
Phone: 01580 881 737
When: 2nd Thursday of the month
Where: Robertsbridge Village Hall, Station Road, Robertsbridge
Time: 8pm to 10.30pm (doors open 7.30pm).
Tickets: £8 in advance from Judges Bakery or £10 on the door Children £4 in advance or £5 on the door
What else: Bar, food and comfortable seating! All welcome
Review: RobArt Exhibition
Stade Gallery, Hastings
Review by Sally Pitman
For the second year running, part of the Robertsbridge arts scene upped sticks and headed to Hastings for the first week of June. And once again Robertsbridge artists put on a show that delighted and surprised in equal measure. Works from RobArt founders Roger Hill, Paul Pitman, Martin Brockman, Frances Bristow and Gary Brinklow, were complemented by guest artists Johanna Di Maggio (textile artist) and Rosemary Gurney Clark (watercolours and etchings) to create a show with a very broad appeal.
For this RobArt exhibition at the Stade Hall, founder Roger Hill curated a series of artistic rooms. Each room showcased one artists style, whilst at the same time contributing to a larger “art house”. With no single theme, the exhibition succeeded in linking together works and artist in a way that left the viewer feeling wholly immersed. Watercolours, oils, etchings, textile art, stone sculptures, photographs and a focal installation by Martin Brockman, blended beautifully within this coastal venue. The Jazz Festival running in the Stade Open Space over the first weekend was a musical bonus and added an extra unplanned dimension to the Show.
The RobArt group has again provided us with an excellent cross-section of the vibrant Robertsbridge arts and crafts community and should feel rightly proud of its representation at the Stade Hall. A Village to be envied!
Ownership of this project belongs to the young people themselves and supported by numerous partners namely: Robertsbridge Community College, Robertsbridge Arts Partnership, Hastings & Rother Arts Education Network, Rother District Council, Audio Active and delivered by Hillary Watkins of East Sussex County Council Youth Work, musician Jack Kingslake and performance poet Tommy Sissons.
Telling it as they see it…these tracks blend original music with a range of opinions expressed on subjects close to the hearts of young people from Robertsbridge village in East Sussex.
To tap in to what young people from Robertsbridge Community College have on their minds go to Soundcloud.