A warm welcome
awaits you at Farleys House in the spirit of its former Surrealist
occupants, the photographer Lee Miller and artist Roland Penrose. Lee Miller, Roland Penrose and their
son Antony moved to Farleys in 1949 and the house soon became a
meeting place for the leading figures in the world of Modern Art. Pablo Picasso
came here in 1950, and Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Man Ray, Echaurren Matta and
Antoni Tapies visited from overseas whilst Eileen Agar, Kenneth Armitage,
William Turnbull, John Craxton and Richard Hamilton formed the British
Works by many of these artists are displayed in the house in a selection that
regularly changes as items are loaned to exhibitions around the world. For the
most part the house is just as it was when it was occupied by the Penrose
family with the same furnishing and décor. Lee Miller’s kitchen looks as though
she has just popped out to gather vegetables from the garden and Roland
Penrose’s study only lacks the aroma of his cigar smoke. Farleys House is
alive and vibrant today as it documents Surrealism and Modern Art, the most
exciting art movements of the 20th Century and in so doing informs our present
day culture. The Sculpture Garden surrounding the house was designed by Roland Penrose and
has wonderful views of the South Downs.
All visits to Farleys House are by guided tour. For details please visit
the Tours pages or call us on 01825 872 856.
We look forward to welcoming you to Farleys House & Gallery.