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A warm welcome awaits you at Farley Farm 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 Farley Farm House 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 contingent.

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. Farley Farm 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 Farley Farm House are by guided tour. For details please visit the Tours, Group Tours and Extended Tours pages.

We look forward to welcoming you to Farley Farm House.

 
 

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