New directory for artists and creatives in Eastbourne

A new one-stop directory of makers and creatives in Eastbourne and the surrounding area has been set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:49 pm
Eastbourne artist Julie Snowball exhibits her ceramics SUS-190227-133212001
Eastbourne artist Julie Snowball exhibits her ceramics SUS-190227-133212001

The Makers Directory has launched with its first hundred listings of creatives, ranging from blacksmiths and milliners to painters and stone carvers.

Eastbourne council has funded the directory as part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak and the impact it has had on small creatives unable to sell their work to the public in usual ways.

The mission of The Makers Directory, say officials, is to encourage people to support, value and buy from local makers and artists.

Under Ground Art from The Society Of Eastbourne Artists, David Sibley SUS-170208-101311001

People can use the website to search for the perfect hand-crafted gift, commission work for their home or get creative and find someone to teach them a new skill.

The directory is easy to use, with a tagging system which enables users to search by discipline, location and service.

David Tutt, leader of Eastbourne council, said, “Businesses large and small have suffered greatly during the pandemic and I’ve been determined throughout to provide as much council help and support to them as possible. This website is a great idea and helps put makers and artists directly in touch with new customers.”

Additional artists and makers are encouraged to be listed for free - as long as they live or work in the Eastbourne borough. If you, or anyone you know is interested, register online at Be part of The Makers Directory and reach new audiences of buyers, collectors and fellow makers.

Firle Place garden show - Andy Small artist (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-180423-112117008

The Makers Directory is a not-for-profit endeavour, started by Charlotte Parsons and Corina Buckwell, fired by their passion to connect buyers directly with local makers.