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Sussex County Arts Club was formed in 1944 by a group of disaffected artists from The Brighton Arts Club who were unhappy about their policy of not allowing female members.

Its premises are still where they are today, in Bond Street Cottages, a building currently with five studios that had previously been the Green Room Club, a late night watering hole for the clientele of the Theatre Royal.

From 1944 the club thrived with large exhibitions in various locations including Brighton Museum and the Hove Library gallery.

4 Exhibition catalogue covers, 1953, 1956, 1960 and 1965 

4 Catalogues

Newspaper cuttings from 1956

1956 Newspaper Cuttings

By the mid 1960's the club had 300 members, with several branches in other parts of the county. There was a varied programme alongside the drawing and painting sessions that included lectures and in the summer months outside sketching and weekend schools with tutors.

Newspaper cutting from 1966

Cutting From 1960S

Paintings from the club in the 1960's

SCAC Paintings From 60S

Towards the end of the 60's however, and probably with the emergence of colour tv it seems more people stayed at home and numbers at the arts club dropped. But it was able to continue providing regular sessions throughout the week to anybody in the community at cheap rates because the club has always been run by volunteers and maintained a none profit making policy.

Session in the 1970's

SCAC Photo2

Newspaper clipping from the 1980's

SCAC 1980S Clipping


Session in the 1990's

SCAC Photo1

Event flyer and newsletter from the 1990's

SCAC 1990S

The club has always been open to non members. We currently have about 150 members and probably twice as many more non members who attend the regular sessions we have every day in the club's main studio. We hold our annual summer exhibition on the clubs premises every May during the Brighton Festival. It is open to the public and the David Rose Prize (a money prize from a donation many decades ago) goes to artworks voted on by members at the exhibition private view. This is added to by a kind donation of art materials from Clarkes Stationers, our local art shop two doors away. The end of each year is completed with our annual and now legendary Xmas party


This is an obituary of a long standing and well respected member of the club during the 1950's and 60's. We were able to have an excellent exhibition of his paintings in 2010 after a local art buyer lent us a large selection of his output. 

Jan Korwin-Kochanowski 1897-1970.
Obituary of the artist taken from the British Medical Journal in January 1970: 

Dr J. Korwin-Kochanowski formally consultant radiologist at Southlands Hospital, Shoreham by Sea, Sussex and a well known artist, died peacefully in hospital on 14th January at the age of 72.
Jan Korwin-Kochanowski was born of Polish parents in Odessa, Russia on the 26th June 1897. His father and brother died at the hands of the revolutionaries and his mother and sister were sent to Siberia. He was tortured but managed to escape to Poland where he continued his study of medicine begun in Odessa. He graduated M.D. at Warsaw University in 1924. After this he studied radiology and pathology in Berlin and then returned to Poland. Undoubtedly he would have pursued an academic career in medicine but for the outbreak of the Second World War when he joined the army. With his compatriots he survived the horros of Russia as a prisoner of war, then he went to Palestine, Egypt, Italy and France in the Polish Army. In Italy he was chief advisor to the Polish Army in radiology and many of us remember his kindness and help to his British allies during this time. His cosmopolitan outlook and his gift for languages - he spoke seven fluently - made him an invaluable link between the Polish and the British forces. After demobolisation he was appointed Radiologist at Southlands hospital, Shoreham by Sea where he worked for nearly 20 years. He became a naturalised British subject in 1949.

His death will sadden many friends throughout Sussex. Members if the Sussex County Arts Club will miss him keenly. For the past 15 years his work has always represented and was the centre of interest at all the Arts Club exhibitions. His portraits captured the personality, radiating life and his landscapes were a sheer delight. His erudite lectures reflected the pleasure and joy he himself derived from art. His lectures, his enthusiasm and his sense of fun will be greatly missed by the club members.

He is survived by a daughter, his young wife and their three young children.

C.F. MacG.

Jan Korwin Exhibition

Jan Korwin Exhibition