Hayley Brown BA Ed, MA Ed is a professional artist, based in Kent, Sussex and London. She works mainly from her studio at home. Before starting a family, Hayley was a primary school teacher and undergraduate lecturer. She ran the Star Gallery and Star Studios in Lewes for several years before her travels to India started her journey as a professional artist and decorative painter. She has exhibited in Folkestone Creative Quarter, Lewes Star Brewery Studios, Hythe in Kent and numerous other locations. Hayley is well known for her sell out art classes at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London where she taught Mughal Flower painting and Jain Manuscript painting. She also teaches private students and is looking forward to teaching again at Charleston in Sussex, home to the Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. She has undertaken many commissions for decorative furniture, Indian Style Wall Murals, 16th Century Virginal Instrument replicas, Indian Weddings with hand painted ceramic heart personalised wedding favours and a hand painted seating plan in the Mughal style. She is currently building a body of work in the Pre-Raphaelite style and also her own impressions and memories of India in Fine Art style.


Thanet Decorative and Fine Art Society Award
1st for Dissertation: The Re-emergence of the Great Goddess in Women’s Art of the 1970s’.

Education/ Career

After completing a BA Ed + Art in 1998, Hayley began a Masters in Education. She taught in Primary Schools part time, lectured occasionally at Canterbury Christchurch University College and painted/ exhibited part time from 2002.

In 2004 she began working for Mark Canning, former owner of Star Gallery, Lewes. She managed the Star Gallery and Star Studios from 2004 until 2007. Knowing her love of India, Mark sent her to India with her brother. They spent two weeks with their Indian family and visited the awe inspiring Temple Caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad.

Hayley made two further journeys to Jaipur in India in 2007 and 2008. After her 2007 visit, Hayley decided to set up a studio and paint full time working towards art exhibitions and private commissions. Her first professional studio was based at the Star Brewery Studios in Lewes. In the Spring of 2009 Hayley chose to work from her studio at home so that she could take long country walks in her spare time and continue to work into the evening. As well as exhibiting her work, Hayley is now commissioned to create large and small scale murals for public and private spaces. She is also decorating furniture and historical instrument replicas. At the end of 2009 and early 2011 Hayley taught Indian Miniature painting workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of their 'The Splendour of India's Royal Courts' exhibition and Jain Manuscripts exhibition.

If you would like to see more of Hayley's work, discuss a commission or would like more information on Painting workshops please make arrangements via email or phone.