Chalk Gallery was the brain-child of Mary Beaney and fellow artist Michele Findlay.

Michele had been a member of the Skylark collective gallery in the Oxo tower in London, and had the vision of creating a similar set-up for artists in Sussex, but organised as a co-operative rather than being owned by one person operating as a sole trader.

Mary had been wanting to find a friendly and permanent public venue to exhibit artwork near her home in Pevensey. Suitable premises couldn’t be found but the seed had been sown.

In the Summer of 2004, along with various other artist friends, a group was formed and many meetings and discussions took place in order to establish whether the dream could become a reality.

Within the year the seed grew to fruition and Chalk was born, staging its first exhibition in the current premises in Lewes in July 2005.

The gallery has gone from strength to strength, changing, growing and embracing new ideas, but still using the same business model and standing on the same firm foundations that the founder members created.

10 years on, Chalks success was celebrated with a major exhibition of over 80 Chalk Gallery artists, past and present, at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, in October 2015.

You can see a list of the exhibiting artists by clicking Chalk at the Towner – Exhibitors

You can preview or buy our commemorative book by clicking on the image of the book above or on Ten Years of Chalk

Today Chalk is established as one of the leading contemporary galleries in Lewes, and is devoted to promoting artists and their work. It is a tribute to the founder members that the venture has been such a success, and an achievement that an ever changing group of creative people can sustain this gallery.

There is a summary of Chalk’s 10th anniversary year in The Best of Sussex Life 2015  Ezine, on page 6.


Chalk at the Towner 2015