Premier Inn & Project Art Works

As part of the commitment to serving our local communities through our Force for Good programme, Premier Inn is proud to launch a collaboration with Project Art Works: a visual arts organisation working with people who have complex needs. We are displaying eight original, vibrant paintings across our East Sussex hotel receptions and Support Centres.

All of the artworks on display are shown below, where you can also learn a little about each artist's technique and process. For an even closer look at the paintings, click on each image.

Sam Smith

Sam engages with a wide range of different materials and processes. His signature squeeze paintings are made in swift and impulsive, yet considered moves. Sam often overworks his images using brushes and pens with a range of marks that fluctuate between the delicate and robust.

George Smith

George has developed a highly focused but relaxed way of using paint. Initially, George created large scale work using his hands as his main tool. Now, he uses brushes to work on canvases by applying paint sporadically throughout the day, often not making a mark for hours. The marks are highly spontaneous and unpressured by an over consideration of the result.

Darryl Spencer

Darryl generally makes large-scale, abstract paintings. He is a prolific mark-maker with an intense preoccupation for viscose materials. He likes to paint using expressive and repetitive movements, rapidly covering his picture surface. Darryl also draws, often using his own image and words in combination with his paintings. 

Marion Willis

Marion works across a range of media from drawing, painting, animation, filmmaking, and photography. As well as working collaboratively on pieces, she also loves working independently creating a stack of drawings which she paints over with a large brush and plenty of water. She also enjoys creating self-portraits using video projections, painting directly onto the projected surface with a loose gestural action.

Carl Sexton

Carl works on multiple scales using paint pens, brushes and sponges to build images out of dense clusters of marks. His work embraces pattern and alongside his larger paintings, Carl creates an abstract language out of endless lists of words which are meticulously cut, edited and collaged to create large complex drawings.


Gemma engages in physical painting in a joyful and celebratory way. Using heavy brushes, she applies bright colours to large surfaces of paper or canvas. A response to music and interactions with other artists often dictate her movements, vocalising key phrases throughout the day.

Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan creates paintings with vibrant washes of colours, all with various consistencies. He works and reworks vertical and horizontal sweeps across the canvas with the paintings developing gradually by building up layers of translucent marks. Revealing his personality and humour, he frequently intersperses the painting with pencil drawings, depicting characters and lettering often referring to specific people or his favourite food and drink.

Michelle Roberts

Michelle has drawn and painted throughout her life. She draws small, intricately worked images in her sketch book as well as ideas for canvases she produces over many days. Working methodically across each canvas, section by section, she creates colourful and complex worlds that each have a distinct logic and meaning.

The work is on display at the following six of our hotel locations: Hastings, Eastbourne, Eastbourne (Polegate), Tonbridge North, Newhaven, Maidstone (Leybourne). We'd love you to come and take a look.