Graffiti Installation

Come and watch Tom Goulden create an amazing graffiti installation during the day. He will be at the south end of the High Street.

This year’s Lindfield Arts Festival is loosely connected to the 175th Anniversary Celebrations of Haywards Heath Railway coming to the area and as such the Tom Goulden will be making a graffiti board and decorating a truck to accompany the procession on Sunday 18th September 2016 from the Station to Victoria Park.

Tom is also running a couple of workshops.

The Banners are Up

The banners are up and the countdown has started.  Only thirteen more days to go and fourteen sleeps and it will be Festival Day.

We have passed the point of no return and are now totally committed to the  Festivities, come rain or shine.

The Graffifi installation framework is under construction, the posters are prepared, Mansell McTaggart house signs advertising the Festival are ready to go up and we are hoping for publicity in the local newspapers.

Please pass the message on. Lindfield traders will all be OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Saturday 17th September and will welcome visitors from near and far.

We can’t wait; it is so exciting.
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For more information and for ticket reservations:

Tom Goulden – Can Control! Learn to graffiti from a professional!

Come and watch Tom Goulden create an amazing graffiti installation that will be displayed and transported as part of the 175th Haywards Heath Celebrations.  From 10.00am

Tom Goulden – Can Control

Sarah and Geoff hit the airwaves

Mid Downs Radio recently interviewed Chair of the Trustees, Geoff Heath and designer, Sarah Reynolds at their studios in the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

Having the opportunity to broadcast locally to the community is an important part of Lindfield Art Festival’s marketing strategy.

Programmes are now available, from which you can see the wide variety of events and activities happening all through the day. 17th September 2016 will be a day to remember, one filled with art, crafts, music, dance and much much more.  For more information

Mid Downs Radio

Competition – graffiti blocks

Make a graffiti block and enter into the competition. Prizes awarded to the best in age groups.

When: 17th September, 10.30-11.30am and 2.30-3.30pm

Where: South end of the High Street

Who: Children aged 4+, young adults and anyone else with a penchant for paint

Booking essential.

Young participants will be schooled in the whole creative process of Graffiti art and have the opportunity to spray paint by themselves. If they wish, their completed artwork will be entered into a competition, awards given in age categories.

These workshops will aim to build self-esteem and encourage self-expression, build concentration and offer participants a positive alternative to their aspirations.

The cost of this workshop is £10 per person. However we have secured some funding for early registrations to make this accessible and inclusive. Please contact for more information.

Prizes will be awarded to the best board and presented by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mark Spofforth.  Tom Goulden, Graffiti Artist, Can Control will be bringing materials for the competition.

This year’s Lindfield Arts Festival is loosely connected to the 175th Anniversary Celebrations of Haywards Heath Railway coming to the area and as such the Tom Goulden will be making a graffiti board and decorating a truck to accompany the procession on Sunday 18th September 2016 from the Station to Victoria Park.

Lindfield Arts Festival Team would like to invite groups to take part and graffiti a board. If you would like to know more and participate, please let us know as soon as possible.


Graffiti fun during Festival Day

Can control 1Tom Goulden, Can Control Team is warmly welcomed back to Lindfield Arts Festival again.  This year he will be offering special workshops for anyone over the age of 10.  watch the programme publication for more details.

Lindfield Arts Festival wants to decorate a low-loader to join with Haywards Heath’s train celebrations and is organising a competition for the best graffiti panel decorated. Timed slots will be allocated and special groups invited to participate. If your group or school year would like to compete and spray up a panel, complete the contact form and we will add you to the list.  We are especially interested in encouraging groups with special needs to participate.

GraffitiWork with renowned graffiti artist Tom Goulden to put your creative mark on a canvas.

Tom Goulden is a youth arts worker specialising in Graffiti and Mural projects with young people, but he also facilitates a variety of arts sessions in different technique and media.
He has gone on to be commissioned, work and exhibit around the world with his graffiti work and art practice, as one of England’s most well established graffiti artists. ‘I am often working on large scale public murals to further my artistic skills and also for work, whether that be for councils, private companies or arts institutions.’

Budding actors – apply here

Great news. Lindfield Arts Festival has secured the right to close the High Street for Saturday 17th September 2016. Don’t worry there will be alternative arrangements for all public transport and the LAF Team will endeavour to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged during the day.

performingThe closure means lots of street activities, much more than last year. This year, be prepared to be surprised by circus troupes and graffiti installations along with buskers, musicians and dance activities. You can also see the classic cars on display.

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Do you remember the street plays last year? This year we are looking for budding performers to participate again. Robin Belfield, now Young People’s Performance Developer at Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, has kindly agreed to write a script for LAF 2016 and this will be directed by a member of the Lindfield Dramatic Club. However we need some actors! If you are interested in joining the rehearsals and performing on both 17 and 18th September 2016 please email:

We can’t wait to hear from you.Can control 1hooping

Graffiti in Lindfield High Street

Graffiti in the High Street I hear you say! Yes, for Lindfield Arts Festival we are delighted to welcome back Tom Goulden, Can Control Team to run a competition and some workshops on Saturday 17th September 2016.Graffiti

The competition is for local community groups to graffiti spray and decorate a panel. The panels will then be used to adorn the low-loader which will accompany the procession from Haywards Heath Railway Station on Sunday 18th September celebrating 175 years of the railway coming to the area. The competition will be judged by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mark Spofforth.

The workshops will be available for 10 year olds and over; you will however need to register in advance and there will be a charge for materials. You will need to register in advance.Can control 1

Lindfield Arts Festival Team are inviting local groups to enter the graffiti competition, however if you are a member of a special group and would like to take part please e-mail

Programme tasters:

On Saturday night you may be spoilt for choice; booked and confirmed at the moment is burlesque dancing in the Bent Arms pub, a sophisticated concert in the URC with Mid Sussex Sinfonia and Lucy Cooper performing in the Stand Up Inn. What will you chose?

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Lindfield Arts Festival is a registered charity no: 1150304 run by volunteers to deliver a varied, exciting arts event for the local community that nurtures creativity, broadens the mind, provokes imagination and provides unique experiences for contributors and visitors alike.The Festival is committed to providing opportunities for the whole community in Mid-Sussex, from young to old with the emphasis on inclusive activities for all; particularly those with special educational needs.