Launch Event, The Pilgrim’s Progress Story – Martyrs’ Gallery, Lewes

Martyrs’ Gallery is presenting an exhibition of words and images that depicts and celebrates Hans Feibusch’s allegorical mural Pilgrim’s Progress.

Pilgrim’s Progress was created in 1944 and uses John Bunyan’s allegorical story to tell Feibusch’s own story of escape from Nazi Germany and his arrival in 1930s England. It was painted for the crypt of St Elisabeth’s Church in Eastbourne and presented as a gift to the local community, but is now under threat of demolition unless enough money can be raised to remove it to a new site for public display once again.

This exhibition is part of the Lewes Artwave Festival and the nationwide Insiders/Outsiders Festival

Private View: Friday 16 August, 6pm

Gallery dates: Sat 17, Sun 18, Sat 24, Sun 25, Bank Holiday Mon 26, Sat 31 Aug and Sun 1 Sep, 12-5pm

Pilgrim’s Progress Art Workshops – St Elisabeth’s Crypt, Eastbourne

Date TBC: A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the mural in its original setting for the last time before conservation work begins, producing drawings and paintings in a variety of media under the guidance of our experienced art tutors, Rachael Adams and Pat Thornton (

The Last Open Day – St Elisabeth’s Crypt, Eastbourne

Date TBC: A final opportunity to visit the mural in its original setting before the crypt closes for the conservation work to begin.

A programme of events and talks is planned throughout the southeast over the summer and autumn – check back for more information.