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06 January 2015

‘Bamboleo, bambolea…’.

 We’ve just started designing this year’s book – Brighton’s Artists 2015 – which means three things. Tesco’s on Queen’s Road needs to up its game re-stocking the Rioja shelf. No-one in the house of Krog is going to get a decent night’s sleep until March, as all Arty endeavours have to fit around our ‘normal’ jobs, so tend to be nocturnal or weekend. And our neighbours are being treated to the Gypsy Kings playing on the loop – because when you’re subbing layouts and necking red wine at 2am there’s nothing like a Spanish rhythm to keep you going.

What’s really motivating us, though, is the excitement as each participating artist submits their imagery and we get to see both the evolution of Arty regulars and the new artwork that will feature this year. We’ve worshipped the talent of Ian Hodgson since we first met him. Whether representing the human form or local architecture, his intricate drawings all reference the transformative process of journey. So it’s fascinating to see that his own path has taken him back to Brighton’s Peace Statue once more.

Also taking inspiration from the city – but applying a dramatically different technique - is one of the book’s new entrants for 2015, Val Fawbert. Working with a palette knife and acrylics, Val skims and scrapes to bring energy to the sculptural, kinetic characters that appear to arrive and depart from her compelling, textural canvases.

 

Out of town: ‘Revealing the Nature Around Us’ is local artist Claire Harrison’s first solo show in Sussex and explores relationships and forms from the natural world that we normally overlook. Claire explores the miniature, miniscule and microscopic of the floral and insect worlds - fascinated by patterns that repeat in nature on all scales. See for yourself at the Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-sea, until 27 February.

 

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16 December 2014

A short walk from Brighton Station

When you live in Brighton its architectural landmarks become part of your daily life. And as an extreme commuter (two and a half hours each way to work on a good day), I’ve developed a love / hate relationship with Brighton Station. (So it takes a lot to make me look on it fondly.) But Janet Brooke’s Ticket to Ride, shown here, captures its sense of place so perfectly that it’s impossible to respond with anything but utter appreciation of the engineered elegance underpinned by bygone romance. Specialising in urban landscapes, Janet expresses the essence of our many faceted city in linocuts and screenprints that never resort to cliché.

 

Over the past five years since launching Brighton’s Arty, I’ve also come to appreciate that Brighton artists have an uncanny ability to translate the beauty of the everyday into captivating studies. Heading down from the station, Trafalgar Street may seem an unlikely muse. But for painter Vincent Donlin it provides the inspiration for one of his irrepressibly characterful Brighton scenes. Vincent prefers to work with ‘the putrefying fecundity of oil paint’, and the rich layers he paints build up a sense of the unique atmosphere and shades of dark and light that colour North Laine life.

 

Just a few steps down the street, The Great Eastern pub and Rare Kind demonstrate the skills of award-winning local artist Jay Collins, whose paintings and prints show Brighton in all its aspects – from the sea to the Downs, from the backstreets to the Georgian facades – in oil gouache ink and wash, wood and lino cut. So you see. No matter how far you have to travel away each day, it’s worth it just to come home for the great art on your doorstep.

 

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09 December 2014

Top of the glass

It’s the last weekend of Christmas Artists Open Houses – and we’d hate you to miss out on the masterful craftsmanship of our favourite glass artist, Stephanie Else. So make your way to Beaconsfield Studios at the bottom of Ditchling Rise where she’ll be showing a vibrant collection of glass artworks and jewellery – including some extra special snowflakes. Applying a variety of kiln-forming techniques, Stephanie works with a combination of transparent and opaque glass - adding metals, foils and lustres. She uses the surface texture, pattern and colour within the medium to create beautifully tactile pieces that exploit the natural jewel-like qualities the glass possesses. Imagine how stunning they will look on your walls, shimmering in the winter sun. (And did we mention there’ll be Chocadyllic chocolate creations there too?)

 

Another Beaconsfield Studio that’s well worth a visit is that of award-winning contemporary painter Caia Matheson. Caia is inspired by ‘wabi sabi’ – or the beauty of imperfection, and she loves to mix paint mediums and experiment with the effects. Her unique technique is very physical – painting with her hands and washing-up brushes onto canvases laid flat on the floor. She starts with a specific colour in mind, then introduces other colours as she builds up layers on the canvas. These are then scraped off and layered again – gradually exposing the subjects of the composition, which are buried in the dark and light spaces and come out and disappear as the light changes. A mesmerising and mystical experience for the viewer.

 

Out of town: The annual Christmas Mixed Exhibition at Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, is a visual treat with something to satisfy all tastes. Featuring works by Elaine Pamphilon, Piers Ottey, Tom Hammick, Garry Goodman, Chris Keenan and Arundel Cool! to name just a few.

 

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02 December 2014

Destination Ditchling

Apparently being Danish is an excuse for eating pickled herrings (not recommended for non-Nordic constitutions), having a penchant for expensive furniture design, and going totally overboard during the festive season. So every year we make a pilgrimage to the land of Krog for our annual fill of marzipan, glug and Christmas markets. If that’s put you in the mood for some quirky festive shopping closer to home, head in the direction of Ditchling to the Turner Dumbrell Workshops. (If it’s put you in the mood for dubious salty bottled fish, I suggest you reconsider.) This Saturday, 10 studios will be open with artists and makers showcasing their work. We particularly recommend a visit to Auricula Gallery, where Natasha Caughey designs dazzling beaded jewellery. Natasha hand-selects the gemstones and freshwater pearls on her trips and China and India, and her experiments with colour and texture result in truly inspired collections.

 

Also to be found in the treasure trove that’s TDW, is the Window Gallery presided over by one of Brighton’s favourite artists – Philip Dunn. One of the original ‘Five at Fiveways’, Philip’s ability to capture Brighton’s seafront – and his particularly evocative deckchair scenes – has created iconic artworks that are symbolic of the city and the choice for many public spaces. Go and experience the real deal in his delightfully welcoming art space.

 

Something old: When Ollie Learmonth isn’t lounging around on a chaise longue (beautifully restored, of course), he’s the force behind In My Room on Gloucester Road. It’s an homage to 20th-century design, where Ollie – a former furniture designer himself – revitalises classic pieces, giving them modern twist that works perfectly with contemporary styles. Meet him at this week’s Vintage and Antiques Market at the Open Market, London Road, on Sunday 7 December.

 

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18 November 2014

Say no to socks this Christmas

As Christmas approaches, the opportunities to ensure your gifts elicit cries of joy and surprise increase. And there’s no better place to find beautiful, truly unique – and affordable – artworks and artefacts than MADE Brighton. Now, growing up in Buckinghamshire, my early experiences of craft fairs involved drafty church halls filled with largely unidentifiable objets d’2ply and mountains of fudge courtesy of the WI. Fond memories. To which I’m happy to say a visit to the city’s annual Design and Craft Fair bears no resemblance at all.

 

MADE is a stunning opportunity to buy original and exceptional pieces of craft and design. More than 120 makers and designers will be there for you to chat to and find out more about their work. If you’re a jewellery fanatic, I’d urge you to seek out Chris Hawkins – an Arty favourite (well, he did design my gorgeous engagement ring!). Renowned for his distinctive collections for men, Chris brings a unique take on jewellery design inspired by the natural world. Bones, snakes, and foxes have all been brilliantly re-imagined by this exceptional craftsman in his world of precious jewellery and tiny sculptures.

 

Another MADE exhibitor inspired by an overwhelming love for nature, but in complete contrast, is Suzanne Breakwell. Suzanne adores paper as a medium, and enjoys the simplicity of creating a story from a single sheet. We had the pleasure of showing her incredible paper sculptures and paper cuttings at our Open House in May. The detail has to be seen to be believed. MADE is at the Corn Exchange, 21-23 November.

 

Don’t miss out: We’re busy compiling our next book – Brighton’s Artists 2015. There’s still time to be involved (but not long!). Find out more at our website.

 

 

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11 November 2014

Market forces

It takes a lot to lure us from our North Laine stomping ground at the weekend. So a recent suggestion to lunch on London Road was accepted with the spirit of adventure. And pretty high expectations – as the invite was extended by the incredibly arty Angie Meaden. She’s a fervent supported of the re-developed Open Market; and after visiting we can appreciate why. Not only can you support local independents and stock up with everything from artisan bread and East European wines to fancy dress and falafel, it’s also a hotbed of creativity. (Think London’s Spitalfields when it was still cool!)

 

A few steps from the brilliant new neon signage, and before you enter the covered arena, Studio 45 is the new enterprise by ceramicist Stacey Manser-Knight and husband Steve. It’s worth a visit to see Stacey’s work alone. Delightfully pretty – and truly original – pieces of earthenware decorated with incredible depth and detail. The studio also brings together a wide collection of jewellery, art and crafts by Brighton artisans. In complete contrast, we were also delighted to see that one of the market’s upstairs studios is occupied by an Arty favourite – sculptor Alison McGechie. Alison takes her inspiration from the human form and the results are intense, organic forms that hint at the human condition rather than aim to produce life-like representations.

 

Don’t miss: Oh no! One of the North Laine’s quirkiest shops is closing at the end of the year. So if you haven’t discovered the emporium of ephemera that’s Rin Tin Tin on North Road, get there before it goes. Self-confessed ‘social beachcomber’ Rick Irvine has a hoard of collectables and curiosities – with an emphasis on vintage ‘advertising and magazines’ (aka old porn). You will be missed!

 

 

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21 October 2014

Thinking in the box

Like so many of the high points in my life, this column is being written under the influence of a glass (or two) of Rioja. When team Arty tied the knot a few years ago we eschewed the traditional gift list and asked instead for additions to the Kemp St cellar. Fortunately, the fabulous Frances Bloomfield took pity on our livers and instead created for us one of the most treasured artworks that hangs on our walls. It’s a ‘Dream Box’ that exemplifies beautifully her unique talent for engaging the viewer in rapt reflection. Frances describes her work as an exploration into “the layered narratives of dreams and the ‘improbable’ scenarios that we unconsciously construct”. What’s so captivating is the curious juxtaposition of the elements she contains (in our case, the work is acutely personal as our names and wedding date are woven into the story). What’s so astonishing is the intricacy of the cutting and construction. Each Dream Box imagines a new interpretation of reality. Discover your own at francesbloomfield.com.

 

Don’t miss: Tucked away in the North Laine, ink_d gallery on North Road is a great place to enjoy art from leading contemporary artists alongside the freshest of up-and-coming talent. On show there now is ‘8 Forever’ by self-styled ‘adult toy collector’ Ryan Callanan (AKA RYCA). The works are inspired by the artist’s formative influences at age eight. So expect an overflow of references from an 80s childhood and a never-before-seen new technique of toy torture, which the artist calls Pressure Painting. Iconic characters from Callanan’s collection - including He-Man; Darth Vader and the Mutant Ninja Turtles - are placed under extreme pressure and moulded with clear granular plastic to create fused distortions of themselves. Until 9 November.

 

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14 October 2014

I shot the serif

Two fonts walk into a bar. The barman says: “Sorry, we don’t serve your type here.” Couldn’t resist. The Dane trained as a typographic designer, and an inordinate amount of time is spent discussing the merits of serif vs sans. A few years ago, when we were preparing for Artists Open Houses, we had the genius idea of creating a series of artworks inspired by fonts reminiscent of cats and dogs – and we called it the ‘Alphapets’. Who could resist? Well, just about everyone traipsing around the Central Trail. We’d made that age-old mistake of appealing to a too niche market – Brighton based, animal-loving, typographic designers. I know one. And I’m living with him and a loft-full of expensively reproduced, unwanted Alphapets, which are gradually being rehomed on our printer Dominic’s office walls each Christmas. (“A Basset Hound that looks like Burlington? To go with the Persian puss that looks like Arab Dances? You really shouldn’t have…”)

 

Fortunately, there are plenty of brilliant examples of typographic art that will appeal to just about everyone to be found locally. And you couldn’t ask for a better collection than Unlimited’s on Church Street in the North Laine. This independent design shop, gallery and studio showcases prints by an exciting and ever-expanding collective. It’s masterminded by husband and wife team Patrick and Sara Morrissey, who’re passionate about sourcing a great selection of affordable and innovative work. It’s a beautiful, unique artspace. Go see!

 

Coming up: At The Grange, Rottingdean, Jill Tattersall and Gail Gibson Tait’s new exhibition ‘Sense & Serendipity’ is a collection of paintings that truly seize the moment. Jill’s sensitivity to colour - intense and glowing yet still subtle - is remarkable. Don’t miss. From 23 October to 4 November.

 

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07 October 2014

Art, whichever way you look at it

One of the rare times we had an Arty argument was over Heike Roesel. Not because we disagree about her work. (We love it!) It’s just that when we’re laying it out on pages we’re never quite sure which way round it should go. However you rotate these organic, amorphous worlds of minute, exquisitely etched details they work beautifully.

 

Fortunately (and somewhat unusually among artists whose work you show upside down) Heike is very forgiving. She’s also a printmaking pioneer. One of the most intriguing pieces hanging on our walls is a Heike truly original, in that it’s annotated with crazy pencil scribbles and formulae that hint at the scientific fervour that matches her creative prowess. We prised it away from the artist a few years ago when she was in experimental mode, perfecting the technique of Acrylic Resist Etching, which replaces traditional materials with a much healthier and safer way of biting the steel plates.

 

You can try your hand at ARE yourself under Heike’s expert tuition at Studio B5, Enterprise Point. Or view her work at Brighton’s Bellis Gallery on King’s Road. It’s truly fascinating; packed with tiny elements sketched from memory and imagination – trees, boats, windmills, flowers - yet transported to the surreal. So look very closely!

 

Don’t miss: Creative photographer Alex Bamford has been running around in his pyjamas shooting extreme selfies at anti-social hours. The results are superb and part of a new show ‘The morning after / The night before’, which also features the beautiful graphic Sussex landscapes of Finn Hopson. See them at Finn’s gallery in the new arches. Until 3 November.

 

Out of town: There’s still time to enjoy Mark Glassman’s bold brushwork at the Hop Gallery, Lewes, where ‘Life’s a Beach’ is showing until 16 October.

 

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30 September 2014

Natural responses

Embraced as we are by the beauty of the Downs, it’s too easy for Brightonians to take for granted our surrounding countryside. Thank goodness then for the astonishing variety of responses it evokes from local artists, forcing us out of complacency to view the familiar in a new light. There’s Helen Brown, who works outdoors directly from the landscape in lino or woodcut, imbuing its lines with atmosphere and emotion in rich, earthy tones. Or Rob Ollerenshaw, whose fascination with elemental changes results in paintings that are a very personal impression of a particular place and time, capturing the moment in a synthesis of light, colour and texture.

 

A stark and dramatic contrast is the work of Angie Meaden, renowned for her moody, evocative scenes that reference long walks on the Downs. She studied fine art textiles, and describes her technique as repetitive ‘mark making’ – very much like the stitching she used to do. Her tools are traditional pens with ink, which she waters down to create varying effects, and her preferred palette is a very deliberate black, white and gold. This enables Angie to focus on textures, as she draws with mesmerising intricacy; meticulously working the layers away to uncover intriguing visual narratives. Powerful, captivating and always offering new details to discover. Just like the Downs themselves.

 

Out of town: If you’ve never experienced the charm of the delightful James Stewart at Arundel’s Zimmer Stewart Gallery, head up their now to see Andrea Schulewitz’s new 2014 exhibition – a series of work joined by the letter ‘C’ (think confluence, convergence, car park, crowd…). From 3 to 25 October.

 

Don’t miss: On 4 October Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, will be hosting the latest Makers Boutique. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a special present – or treat yourself – from the fabulous range of affordable arts and crafts. You’ll be supporting local businesses too!

 

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23 September 2014

It’s reigning cats and... cats

Our house is dominated by Gilbert and George. No, not the famous ‘art for all’ artistic duo – but our two over-indulged, permanently in-your-face cats. So – unsurprisingly - we have a particular affection for the work of Brighton artist and fellow feline-lover Eve Poland, with  ‘Is this it?’ currently glaring down at us from our living room wall as a constant reminder to stock up on Sheba.

 

With only a year’s formal art training, Eve’s is a natural and apparently precocious talent – she had her first exhibition at the age of four in Brighton Library. Her passion for prints led to Eve taking a screenprinting course and now she produces her own editions. They start with a doodle that may have been inspired by a photo or the sight of her own posturing pets. That’s worked up into an ink drawing, which Eve then transfers to the computer. But she is no digital perfectionist, preferring the differences that can occur from the screenprinting process. We love Eve’s bold, graphic style, wickedly acute observation and elegant wit. She’s also cornered the ‘kinky lady’ market. See more of her work at evepoland.com.

 

Don’t miss: It’s Brighton Art Fair this week , so head to The Corn Exchange from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th to come face to face with the most amazing gathering of artists – many local. If you make your way to stand 92, congratulate Leila Godden on being recently accepted as an associate member of the United Society of Artists. Her dramatic seascapes and abstracts are set to make a stunning contrast the work of her stand-buddy – and fellow Chalk Gallery (Lewes) artist – Louisa Crispin, whose beautifully intricate drawings are inspired by the natural world.

 

 

 

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16 September 2014

Creative corners

I work in Teddington – Middlesex’s answer to Stepford. It’s where the middle-classes go to breed and one of the most uninspiring destinations on the planet. So when colleagues ask me why I don’t move nearer to avoid the hellish commute, I splutter aghast: “Because I live in Brighton – and there’s something creative happening on every corner.”

 

One particular junction that springs to mind is a stone’s throw from chez Krog, where Kemp Street meets Gloucester Road and a trio of artspaces has made this a go-to destination for lovers of the eclectic. Pop-up Gallery 40’s varied programme of shows means it’s always worth popping in. Art Schism is run by a co-operative of artists and makers offering an engaging blend of street art and cuddly crocheted monsters. And White Rabbit Gallery is at last opening its doors on a regular basis to surprise visitors with hand-blown glassware by John King, highly unexpected butterfly jewellery, and the unique work of found-object sculptor and North Laine legend Chris MacDonald. Compulsive collector Chris was one of the first artists we interviewed for Brighton’s Arty Magazine, and we’re still constantly amazed by the skill with which he brings new meaning to life’s discarded detritus; carving, merging and metamorphosing everything from old cameras to ice-cream scoops into organic, intriguing forms.

 

We’re always excited to hear about local gallery openings. So we’ll be paying close attention to the ambitions of Nikki Black at Veebee (48 Gardner Street), which she aims to expand from the first floor to create an art café downstairs.

 

Another newbie on the block is 35 North Contemporary Art on North Road, which is showing ‘Images of Brighton’ - a series of oil paintings and pastel drawings by John Whiting – for its inaugural show. (Until 11 October).

 

 

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9 September 2014

Art on the menu

Scuttling round the corner down Trafalgar Street, in a bid to escape the Bank Holiday downpour, we took refuge in one of our favourite eateries – Mange Tout. Adorning the walls was the arresting, colour-saturated photography of Heidi Carroll, forcing viewers to rethink familiar scenes and reinforcing the double sensory whammy that food and art served together makes. Because while artists and art lovers alike bemoan the dearth of ‘proper’ galleries in Brighton, there are plenty of opportunities to satiate your visual appetite – if you know where to find art on the menu.

 

One such venue is the New Steine Hotel in Kemptown. Overlooking New Steine Gardens, where the AIDS memorial by local sculptor Romany Mark Bruce reaches into the sky, the location is perfect. Proprietor Herve Guyat wants New Steine Hotel to win regard as much for its gallery as it does for its bistro and traditional French menu. Pop in now and you can enjoy the current exhibition ‘Dog Heads’ by the Funky Red Dog – surreal and wonderfully complex layered images created with just a scalpel and spray paint. Until 12 October.

 

Elsewhere, her intricate pen and ink illustrations belie the colourful life of Katherine Rolfe. See her work at our favourite North Laine pop-up Gallery 40 on Gloucester Road, where daughter Suzanne has curated an exhibition in her memory. Until 14 September.

 

Excitement is mounting at Arty towers as this year’s Brighton’s Art Fair approaches. Make a date in your diary for 25-28 September and don’t miss stand 50 where Diane Rogers captures the natural world in beautifully textural textile art. A show highlight to be sure. You could be one of the 1,000 lucky visitors who’ll receive our book – Brighton’s Artists 2014 – in their goody bag.

 

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26 August 2014

 I'm often asked how we chose the cover artwork for our book, Brighton’s Artists 2014. It was easy. We wanted something totally Brighton, more than a little bit quirky, and – of course – sparkling with creative brilliance. The Dane (husband, other half of Brighton’s Arty, crayon to my pen) and myself shouted in unison: Harriet Butler!

 

If you haven’t discovered Harriet’s work, get ready to be drawn into a world where the familiar becomes fantastical as facts and a lot of nonsense combine. Favourite Brighton landmarks and landscapes are transformed into imaginative new worlds informed by hours of meticulous preparation and research as Harriet populates her intricate visual narratives with historical characters and mystical creatures.

 

Her preferred technique is hand-painted etchings – which involves flipping the original drawing so she has to work on the plate in reverse before revealing the final print – and she explains results as a collection of ‘strange, quirky and bizarre dialogues’. See them for yourself at Bellis Gallery, King’s Road, the delightful artspace that boasts an eclectic and irresistible collection curated by Sema Ugur. You might even find Harriet behind the front desk. But don’t expect her to reveal herself if you start looking at her work. She’s far too modest!

 

Last chance to see:  Sheila and Peter Marlborough’s joint exhibition ‘Variations II – Colour & Contrast’ showing Peter’s atmospheric landscapes in oil and Sheila’s colourful abstracts in acrylic and mixed media. At the Hop Gallery, Lewes until 7 September.

Out of town: Thrilled – but not surprised – to hear that talented artist Sarah Shaw has been selected for the prestigious Threadneedle Art Prize at the Mall Galleries in London. Find out why at the beautiful Towner Gallery in Eastbourne where Sarah is part of the East Sussex Open 2014.

 

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26 August 2014

I'd always wondered what self-obsessed narcissists would want a portrait of themselves hanging on their wall – until I was given the opportunity to be immortalised by Brighton artist Ian Paterson. Ian is one of uniquely talented local creatives I’ve been privileged to meet since launching the ‘Brighton’s Arty’ series of magazines, directories, book… and whatever other enterprises myself and my husband/designer Torben dream up after way too
many glasses of Rioja at The Eagle on Gloucester Road.

 

I thought Ian would make the perfect subject for this first Arty column because he embodies everything that’s brilliant about the Brighton art scene. His skills confound expectation (his technique is so precise – working from the background forwards, masking off layer by layer, and spending hours blending – that many people dismiss his work as being airbrushed or digital). He’s a passionate obsessive – fixed by skulls and ‘bone heads’ like myself. And he’s
just that little bit quirky, preferring to work through the night in his studio at the bottom of his garden.

 

I’ll be using this space to put the spotlight other amazing local artists that we’ve come across (and have yet to meet). And also to ensure you don’t miss out on the best arty events around. So…

 

Last chance to see: Richard Denne’s exhibition at the Redroaster café, Kemptown. The venue is a brilliant artspace, and Richard’s collages are infused with wit as he challenges viewers to re-examine images – such as dancing sailors from vintage postcards – out of context. Ends 31 August.

 

Out of town: There are two more weekends of Lewes Artwave. Chalk Gallery and Hop Gallery are must-visits. We’d also recommend Jessica Zoob at the Holly House and Mark Glassman at Driftwood in Bishopstone.

 

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28 October 2014

Art with heart

A year after we launched Brighton’s Arty we decided to put our new creative contacts to good use and hold a charity art auction. Now, with absolutely no experience of event planning, and if we’d applied a bit more sense and less irrational enthusiasm, we would have chosen a small, intimate venue with a hand-picked audience. Did we heck. We booked an enormous hall in the Hilton Hotel, registered the event in the Fringe Festival and sold tickets (or not). Our ‘celebrity’ auctioneer dropped out at the last minute, the date coincided with a major footie match and was the hottest Saturday evening in May. It should have been a disaster. But do you know what? Because of help from friends and family, and the overwhelming generosity of the artists who donated their work – then turned up to support us – we pulled it off and Rockinghorse was quids in.

 

So I’m never surprised to discover what big hearts Brighton’s artists have. And I’m delighted to feature the captivating images of award-winning fine art photographer Nicole Carman, who’s based in Hove. Through the combination of traditional photographic techniques and digital processes, Nicole captures the vibrant spirit of Brighton. And anyone who buys one of her Brighton prints or canvases in the run up to Christmas will be helping local charity The Starr Trust, which supports young people in the BN postcode area (starrtrust.com). Nicole is offering a 10% discount on her prints to anyone who mentions The Starr Trust and is also donating 10% to this fantastic local charity. So go to brightonandhovephotos.com now!

 

Don’t miss: At the Adastra Hall, Hassocks, the Attic Art Club is exhibiting work by its 29 artists including 90-year-old Rosalie Sinclair Smith. 7-9 Nov.

 

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04 November 2014

A surprising way to start collecting

The biggest kick we’re experiencing from Brighton’s Artists 2014 is the feedback we receive from artists who’ve sold work or been commissioned as a result of appearing in the book. Take David Moore. His bold experiments in light and colour moods – contrasting high and low-key tones – convey the drama of British landscapes. David paints outside, directly from the subject, to capture the movement and light from a sunset. His work is a series of fascinating horizons that are perfect for anchoring fleeting skies and staging ephemeral scenes.

 

David is one of the amazing community of artists based at Phoenix Studios, Brighton. Find out more about this creative hub at the upcoming show ‘A3’. It’s a fascinating concept: 40 artists will be presenting their work, both 2 and 3D, within the format of an A3 space. Visitors can participate in a silent auction, and at the end of the exhibition the highest bidder for each artwork will become its owner… and discover who the artist is. They could be a recent graduate or an internationally renowned name, with 25% of the proceeds going to support Brighton Housing Trust.

 

Coinciding with A3, on 8 and 9 Nov Phoenix Open Studios offers the chance to peak behind the scenes of one of the largest artists’ groups in the country. Whether you’re a curator, collector or just plain curious, you’ll find something to fascinate you.

 

Don’t miss: Christmas is coming… And you’ll find a fabulous selection of prints, collage, painting, textiles, glass, jewellery and a few surprises at the Polish & Pin studio sale, 23 Wilbury Gardens, Hove, on Sundays 12pm-4pm from 9 Nov-7 Dec. Artists include Emma Troy, Katie Weiner, Sue Milner, Louise V Durham, Jason Quince and more.

 

 

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