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A former ladies’ changing room has been given a new lease of life as ‘the smallest art gallery in Sussex’.

The Six by Four Gallery nestles within the 16th century Grade II listed Toll House Gallery and Cafe in Lindfield High Street.

Until recently the Toll House was a ladies’ fashion shop but closed only to be revitalised as a creative hub showcasing the work of Sussex artists and craftspeople.

Step through its ancient doorway and you enter a world of individuality with each corner of wall, floor and counter space rented by a different painter, silversmith, jewellery maker, weaver, potter or fabric designer.

Venture further and you find a cafe and what Lindfield artist Leesa Le May describes as ‘the smallest art gallery in Sussex’.

Leesa’s Six by Four Gallery occupies the former ladies’ changing room but is big enough to show off her own work with her exhibition changing on a regular basis.

Leesa, who founded the growing Lindfield Arts Festival four years ago, now takes her turn on the rota of four-hourly stints at the Toll House alongside others of its artists and craftspeople.

The Toll House Gallery will be taking part in the 2013 Lindfield Arts Festival by staging an art competition with Oathall Community College with the winner of a silent auction of the works having their piece exhibited at the gallery during the festival.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk