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Historic Cowdray

Cowdray is one of England’s most important early Tudor houses.

This visitor attraction, visited by Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII, was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Its magnificent ruins are set in the stunning landscape of Cowdray Park, in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

It is open to visitors during the Summer months and will re-open again next Spring.  Group visits are welcomed throughout the year and if you are interested in setting up a visit please email heritage@nullcowdray.co.uk.

Renaissance Art Studio in the Tower Room at Cowdray Heritage

In recent months Lady Cowdray, an artist and sculptress herself, has overseen the refurbishment of the Tower Room into a magnificent Renaissance Art Studio. It is an amazing ancient hexagonal space, secreted away near the top of a romantic tower. Lady Cowdray is keen for others to share her passion for art.

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Artist in Residence – David Cranswick

An programme of five-day workshops – themed around the Renaissance and led by Cowdray’s artist in-residence, David Cranswick, will be heavily inspired by the reborn art studio with its amazing views out across the 16,500 acre of the historic West Sussex Estate.

The 2016 Courses:
February 15th – 19th Traditional oil painting methods and materials of the 16th/17th century
March 14th – 18th Traditional Egg tempera painting, March 21st – 25th Landscape painting methods of the 16th/17th century
April 25th – 29th – Traditional egg tempera and gilding techniques
May 9th – 13th – Traditional oil painting methods and materials of the 16th/17th century
May 23rd – 27th – Flemish technique painting techniques of the late 15th and 16th century
June 6th – 10th – Alchemy of Colour
June 27th – 1st July – Traditional egg tempera and gilding techniques
July 4th – 8th – Flemish technique painting techniques of the late 15th and 16th century
July 25th – 29th – Landscape painting methods of the 16th/17th century
August 1st – 5th -Traditional oil painting methods and materials of the 16th/17th century
August 15th – 19th – Landscape painting methods of the 16th/17th century
September 12th – 16th -Traditional egg tempera painting.
September 26th – 30th – Flemish technique painting techniques of the late 15th and 16th century.
October 10th – 14th – Traditional Egg tempera painting
October 24th – 28th – Traditional oil painting methods and materials of the 16th/17th century
November 7th – 10th -Dutch still life painting techniques of the 17th century
November 21st – 25th – Alchemy of colour
November 28th – 2nd December -Traditional egg tempera and gilding techniques
December 5th – 9th -Flemish technique painting techniques of the late 15th and 16th century

Find out more

To book or for more information please contact David at: cranswickart@nullgmail.com or call 07801 430194.

Alternatively call the Estate Office 01730 812423.

The Cowdray Heritage Trust is Heritage Lottery Funded

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