Proving that the Brighton Festival isn’t confined to the city of Brighton, The Grange Art Gallery once again has an Artists’ Open House exhibition throughout May.
It covers an intriguing multi-art genre: watercolours, acrylics, oils, collage, photography, woodwork, pottery…and much more. A remarkable group of fifteen local artists are participating: Mike Hatchard, Maggie Cummings, Paul Rowlands, Susie Patterson, Amanda Davidson, Bob Webzell, Nichola Campbell, Jan Mnich, Sara Hill, Rob Upward, JCJ Pottery, John Plater, Mick Bensley, and Barry Hinchliff.
And against this background( perhaps before or after you’ve relaxed in the lovely Lutyens/Jekyll tea garden), the Gallery bolsters the exhibition with a wide- range of events and talks for all ages:
6 May. 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. “Art should be accessible and shouldn’t be daunting to children” says Rob Upward, who will give a talk to primary aged children entitled “Picture This. What is Art?” This will be an informal talk in Rottingdean Library, followed by a tour of the AOH exhibition in the Grange Gallery. Rob was a headmaster, who found more time to concentrate on painting once he retired.
10 May. 6.30 p.m. Bob Webzell, who has competed internationally with his photography since 2000, helped form a charity and build the Noonkodin Secondary School for the Maasai people in Tanzania. All the proceeds of Bob’s photography go to the Maasai school, and this talk will reflect his latest visit to the school and the one- man exhibition he produced here at the Grange.
17 May. 6.30 p.m. An Artist’s Lecture by John Plater, woodturner. Most of John’s work is based on natural edged hollowed from timber ‘in the round. Simple shapes without decoration, colour or texture are used to allow the subtleties of grain to come through.
24 May. 6.30 p.m. Jazz Piano Artist’s Concert with Mike Hatchard, entitled The Music of an Artist.
27 May. 11.00 to 3.00p.m. Photography Workshop for Children. Three workshops. Paul Rowland, photographer – toy macros photography.
Meanwhile, over at Rottingdean Windmill, Baron Gilvan is Artist in Residence for “Snowball Down A Mountain”. On May 6/7: 13/14:20/21: 27/28 between 1.00 to 4.30 p.m. he will set up his studio in the windmill to create what he describes as paintings, drawing and animations investigating psychological dreamworlds through automatism and intuition. “Art is born of trauma,” says Gilvan, whose work references his own life experiences which have made him question the relationship with reality and illusion. The windmill will become “a fantastical playground studio where the Baron feverishly converts line and paint into food for the soul.”