The Farley Arts Trust draws inspiration from the artistic legacy created by Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. They lived after the Second World War in London and at Farleys House in Chiddingly, East Sussex. Many of the most significant Surrealist and Modernist artists, poets and writers of the 20th century including Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Man Ray spent time with them at their Sussex home.
The Trust aims to promote an understanding and appreciation of this unique artistic legacy of one of the most momentous periods in our recent cultural history through a programme of arts and educational projects. Over nearly 20 years this has included exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, awards and bursaries designed principally to engage young people and local communities.
These activities are made possible through support from charitable trusts, local societies, government grants, sponsorship from companies, donations and legacies from individuals as well as the expertise and voluntary work of the Trustees. In recent years crucial funding has included grants from The Chalk Cliff Trust and The Band Trust. The Trust also receives continuing and invaluable support from the staff of Farleys House & Gallery.