Who we are


Baron Fellowes of West Stafford


Sylvia Tidy (Chair)
Antony Penrose (Founding Trustee)
Mark Barrett
Griselda Bear

Special Advisors

Ian Chance
Rosemary Colebourn
(Co-ordinator education programme)
Ian Hill & Steve Jenkinson
(Website design)

Julian Fellowes

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Julian Fellowes is the publically acclaimed and award winning screenwriter, film director, actor and novelist best known in recent years for his original script for the award winning film, Gosford Park, and television period drama, Downton Abbey. From 1959 to 1988 he lived in Chiddingly village and through friendship with another resident, David Kingsley who was at the time Head of British Lion Films, first developed his interest in the film industry. While in Chiddingly he and his family became close friends with Lee Miller and Roland Penrose and he was a frequent visitor to Farley Farm House.

Sylvia Tidy

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Sylvia Tidy has lived and farmed in East Sussex for over fifty years and is a Board Member of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest demonstrating her commitment to the welfare of the land and environment. She served as a Wealden District Councillor from 1995 and since 2005 has been a County Councillor for East Sussex where her responsibilities include being Lead Member for Children and Families. She has a keen interest in music and the arts generally and sings in a local choir.

Antony Penrose

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Antony Penrose, son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, is Director of the Lee Miller Archive and The Roland Penrose Collection which are housed at Farley Farm House where Antony grew up. He has written numerous books including two for children, created and performed two plays and lectured and broadcast extensively in the UK and in many other countries on the subject of his parents and their associates. He is also a curator of photography, filmmaker and artist.

Griselda Bear

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Griselda Bear is an exhibition curator, fundraiser and development strategist who has worked over many decades for a wide range of regional, national and international arts organisations. She has held senior posts where she was responsible for devising and managing new programmes and initiatives at the Canada House Gallery in London, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Royal Academy of Arts and Sadlers Wells. She now works as a consultant, advisor or trustee to many arts organisations.

Ian Chance

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Ian Chance is a curator, artist and university lecturer. He discovered his home was the lost, medieval Wingfield College founded in1362 and restored the buildings and grounds, opening them to the public, and also creating there a pioneering educational arts centre with an extensive programme of local and international events and activities in the visual, performing and literary arts. Currently he mentors students at several art colleges and is Director at the University of East Anglia of the first UK MA in Creative Entrepreneurship which has students at many universities in this country, the USA, China and Russia.

Mark Barratt

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Mark Barratt is a commercial lawyer working in a local firm of solicitors, Lawson Lewis Blakers, and has been based in Sussex for his whole working life. He has a keen interest in the arts and was involved in the formation of the Farley Arts Trust and is a former Chairman of the Lewes Festival. An exhibition of Lee Millers’ wartime photographs was featured during his chairmanship.

Rosemary Colebourn

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Rosemary Colebourn has extensive experience in secondary education at senior management level including the post of South East Co-ordinator for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust where she worked with Head Teachers across all arts specialisms running conferences and training events. She is a practising musician and enjoys keeping up with visual and performing arts events throughout the region.

Farley Arts Trust
c/o Farley Farm House
Muddles Green
East Sussex

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