About Us

Arthropod Arts

arthropod arts shop rottingdean

Arthropod Arts shop in Rottingdean

Arthropod Arts is based in Rottingdean just off the village seafront and along the coast from Brighton. Imagine an artist studio, toy shop and science lab and you are close to getting it!

Artist and Scientist duo Sharon and Anna  run this  fantastical art & science shop alongside children`s workshops & parties in the “Creativity Lab”. Look out for our family friendly Artist and Scientist in residence projects too. 

Arthropod Arts was founded in May 2013 by Artist Sharon Mee and Scientist Anna Gathy. But it has been in our imagination for a lot longer! We were looking for a way to regularly connect children and young people with Artists and Scientists. Because we believe that these creative relationships will nurture the next generation of artists, scientists, inventors and makers.

Creativity and fun are at the heart of what we do! We believe in the power of the imagination and experimentation and that through the process of creating something, transformational things can happen!

Our name is inspired by the Arthropoda family because we are fascinated by the fact that there are over a million described species, making up more than 80% of all described living animal species! And they include our favourites the crustaceans, insects and arachnids.

You will see our logo is a cheeky crab character, this is Artie the Arthropod and he has lots of exciting things to share with you and your friends and family.

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Thank you to everyone who voted for us to win 'Best UK Arts,  Craft & activities 2016'
​We will let you know when the winner is announced!


brighton science festival 2016

general science front pageBrighton Science Festival 2016
to THURSDAY 19th FEB. 

Anna and Sharon were involved in offering workshops for this years Science festival it was a wonderful week of art and science experiments in their ART LAB!
making slime, sherbet, bath bombs, soap monsters, volcanoes and more. 

Our Shop

Arthropod Arts Shop Rottingdean

Arthropod Arts Online Shop


Our aim is  to pass on fun, imaginative, creative, experimental play to all children!

We stock high quality yet affordable Art, Craft and Science kits from top brand names like Marbel, Make-do, Alex, Brainbox, Apples to Pears and Cheatwell games.

“Take away” a little bit of what we do and choose one of our Arties Make-a-Way kits. Look out for our Rockets and Robots, Owls and Butterflies or Teapots and Telescopes kits which all make great birthday presents”

For more information about Poddies, Arties or the shop call Sharon on 07701072761

or  email:  arthropodarts@ gmail.com


Opening Times

During term time we are open at the following times.
We do close briefly from 3pm- 3.40pm as we collect children from 2 local schools who  attend our Art Club. 

Please note sometimes we close the shop if we are having a big Birthday party.

Winter Opening Hours:

Mondays  — 15.30-18.00

Tuesdays - 12.00-18.00

Wednesdays - 12.00-18.00

Thursday — 9:00 – 18.00

Friday — 9:00 – 14.00

Saturday — 10:00 – 17:00

Sunday — 11:00 – 16:00


Please note that we often run birthday parties on Saturdays between 2-4pm if its a small group the shop will stay open , however if its a large group we sometimes have to close the shop.


Take a look around the shop via our Google Tour image below.

Google Tour

Arthropod Arts Address

Arthropod Arts : 20 - 22 High Street, Rottingdean, East Sussex, BN2 7HR

Where to find us


Get Involved

Our creativity Lab runs a series of taster days and workshops throughout the year
for pre-schoolers and primary aged children.

Poddies Pre-School

Thursdays 9.30am-10.30am Fridays 10.30am-11.30am

These workshops are for little artists aged 1 – 4  years, so please bring your grown up with you.

We run themed seasons rather than termly timetable and we don't tie you into booking a whole season, course or day per week. So there is NO waiting list! You just need to book by email, phone or text for when you want to come (for example, you may want to book in for every Thursday in a season, or you may want to come on a Thursday one week and on a Friday another, or you may want to come every so often - all are fine, just let us know

£4 per hr per child

Poddies Beach Club

Every day after school from 3.30pm- 6pm

Putting the ART in Arthropods!

For Primary aged children who love Art, Science and Nature participate in Poddies Art & Beach Club! Regular poddies complete an Arts Award ( a nationally recognised certification in the Arts for children and young people). 

We are qualified practitioners who are Beach School, Arts Award trained & DBS checked.

We also provide a walking bus collection service from Our lady of Lourdes and St Margarets schools.

We run every day after school from 3.30pm- 6pm. Please email us for registration information

"We explore the environment and connect with nature, learn to understand the rules of the beach, to keep ourselves and the creatures safe alongside developing our creative passion!"


Arties Parties

Saturdays and Sundays 12-2pm or 4-6pm 5pm Must be pre-booked.

Do you have a little Artzilla in your house?

(your very own ART or SCIENCE monster creating a gorgeous mess everywhere)

We offer awesome Arties parties just for them! In our ART LAB all decorated to your bespoke theme! With a real life wacky scientist too! Make slimey goo, watch a volcano erupt or create an art masterpiece!  

Each party is themed ( we can do any theme you like) and everyone goes home with fantastic creations. From paper craft to clay, fridge magnets to wind chimes, sewing purses to constructing robots.

The birthday boy or girl often gets to take home their very own handmade willow and paper lantern/sculpture — created by all your fab friends. 

Our Parties run from 1 - 2 hrs depending on how many activities you choose. 

As an example: The first 40mins we create the big lantern/ sculpture/ or create a science experiment, then we have a break for 10 minutes — usually this is when the kids have the food. Then the final hour is making your choice of themed creations.

Please email arthropodarts@gmail.com for an up to date list of themes and packages we currently offer 

Treat them to an Art Science birthday they will never forget.

Our Vision

Creativity and fun are at the heart of what we do! 

We believe in the power of the imagination and experimentation and that through the process of creating something, transformational things can happen!

We offer children and young people space and time to get creative supported by practicing artists, makers, designers, technologists and scientists.

We believe in the right to experiment and create, and that this vital form of self-expression builds confidence, communication and social skills.

We want to support and nurture the next generation of creative leaders.

Our Mission

To create affordable art and craft “Make- A- Way” kits

To sell art, craft and science packs from the new exciting brands to leaders in the market.

To provide creative workshops for children and young people across the Deans area. 

To work in partnership with teachers and families to offer creative workshops to local schools whose pupils experience social or educational disadvantage.

 To deliver clubs, parties and weekend workshops that are open to all. 

To deliver creative learning experiences for everyone – whether you are an inquisitive or shy child, an old or young person, a one off customer, a teacher or a new parent. 

To celebrate Arthropods and inspire a new generation of Arthropod fans!

Our Values

Everyone`s creative ideas are important.

— All children and young people can aspire to be creative leaders.
— Schools, teachers and families are our essential partners.
— Everyone who enters our doors should feel safe and have fun.
— Our activities are inclusive, accessible, inspiring and excellent.


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