Follow in the footsteps of Seaford artist

Seaford Head: A woodcut by Eric Slater
Seaford Head: A woodcut by Eric Slater

A new arts trail for Seaford will be unveiled at the town’s Crypt Gallery on November 14 and 15.

It follows in the footsteps of 1930s artist Eric Slater whose colour woodcuts will also be on show.

Visitors will be able to see a preview of a Slater Trail noticeboard which will soon be on permanent display on the seafront.

There will also be a short film outlining the two-hour walk which features five of his best known images.

Eric Slater (1896-1963) moved to Seaford in 1929 and spent the next decade producing about 40 colour woodcuts of the landscape around his home. He had international success in the 1930s but his career was cut short by the war and he died in obscurity.

An exhibition at the Towner in 2012 was followed by a book called Slater’s Sussex. The author, James Trollope, is organising the Crypt show and the trail.

He said, “Eric Slater’s woodcuts have really struck a chord with people in Sussex and beyond especially after a couple were appraised on the Antiques Roadshow. Having a trail makes his return from obscurity complete.”

The show runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm on both days. Slater Trail posters will be on sale along with high quality reproduction prints, books and cards. Details of the trail can be found on www.ericslater.co.uk