These five delightful short plays feature Brighton-based actors Margot Jobbins, Gwen Holmes, Owen Bleach and stage and TV favourite Paul Moriarty (EastEnders, Casualty, Wycliffe,The Bill, Doctors, Ashes to Ashes, A Touch of Frost, Pride and Prejudice and many more.)
For an unforgettable autumn treat, relax and enjoy the show with your favourite tipple upstairs at the friendly Coach House, 24 High St. Rottingdean.
Four nights only: October 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8pm.
Just £5 (Book early, come early – seating is limited)
Tickets are now on sale Online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mdr or in person at MadWax Candles on Rottingdean High St.
We look forward to welcoming you,
Christine Foster and the Cliffhanger Team
The Society of Sussex Painters, Sculptors and Engravers was founded in 1924, around the time that the Bloomsbury Group began, and their first exhibition was in 1925 at Worthing Museum of Art. And it was in the same gallery that they celebrated their 90th anniversary with an exhibition in 2014.
The SSP have frequently exhibited at The Grange Art Gallery, and in November they will present a diverse range of work from fifteen to twenty Sussex artists, each contributing up to five pieces of work.
“There is no ‘house style’ in the SSP,” says Barry Hinchliff, the society’s president, “but perhaps because of our proximity to London or even Ditchling and Charleston, together with an excellent College of Art in Brighton, the work of members has always been fresh, lively and contemporary.” He explains that the title of the society covers the disciplines in most of their exhibitions; incorporating abstract and mixed media painting, oils, acrylics,water colour, print-making and sculpture in various media.
Barry has had a long association with the Grange Art Gallery. In 1993 when The Rottingdean Preservation Society took over running the Grange, Barry was co-opted onto their team to be the gallery’s first curator. A role he had for eighteen years. And although he is still painting he is now retiring as the SSP President. “I would like to hand over the mahl stick to someone else.”
For information on SSP membership, contact Helen Armstrong on
01273 881304: or email email@example.com
Friends Of Beacon Hill would like to invite you to the evening meeting (16th September, 19:30 at the Whiteway Centre), where we will be holding our AGM to give you an update of the activities of Friends Of Beacon Hill (FOBH) over the past year and our future plans.
This year, in addition to our usual update, a few of our committee members have reached the end of their current term and we be holding elections for these positions (treasurer, committee member x3) at the end of the meeting. If you would like details of members standing for re-election or are interested in standing yourself, please contact us by email or come along to one of the work sessions before the AGM.
The next Friends of Beacon Hill Work session is on Thursday the 15th of September. (meeting at the notice board near the Longhill road entrance to the reserve at 10am).
We look forward to seeing you at either the work sessions or the AGM (or both).
Please find attached the agenda for the meeting on the 16th – bhlnr-agm-agenda.pdf
“In my latter years, I have travelled extensively, and have become fascinated by the predominant colours in different landscapes; for example, the red/brown vastness of the Nullarbor Plain in Central Australia, the black lava fields of Hawaii, and the haunting pale blues and greens of the Alaskan glaciers.”
Rob Upward’s words give the title to his exhibition: called “High and Low”, because his paintings show varied colours and landscapes from mountains to sea.
Rob was born on the Isle of Wight, but has lived in Saltdean for many years. His working life was in Special Education, for twenty years he was head teacher of a Brighton Special School. He admits that he had no formal art training beyond A-level, but spanning these working years painting was always a hobby, a form of relaxation; he describes himself then as a Sunday Painter. But with retirement, came more time to take his art work more seriously.
“I learnt new techniques, styles, used a range of media. Although I have worked in water colour and gouache, I have found the immediacy and vibrancy of acrylics best suited to my painting. More recently, I have attended a series of life-drawing classes to include, where appropriate, the human figure in my landscapes.”
This will be Rob’s fifth one-person show at the Grange Art Gallery. He has also had exhibitions at the Crypt Gallery in Seaford and in a Brighton coffee shop in the Laines. He says that he has been particularly influenced by the French impressionists, and the Canadian group of seven artists. But essentially, he now tries to paint the world, and more recently the people in it, as he sees it.
“I paint because I have to, it’s a compulsion – more than a hobby.”
This year, on 3rd December, Rottingdean celebrates once again its iconic Smugglers Night, which combines all kinds of fire, noise, light and devilry in a unique coastal setting. Our Smugglers Night marks our proud piratical history, whilst also giving us an excuse to throw a pre-Christmas party that our rabble-rousing ancestors would have been proud of. Everyone is invited, from the little to the mighty, because back in them ol’ smuggling days, even the clergy were at it.
As anticipation builds in the afternoon, children can do face-painting, create sculptures to carry in the procession, meet Father Christmas or watch a puppet show from 2pm. Adults can get in the spirit in one of our 5 historic pubs, all serving incredible food to fuel you for marching and merry-making. During the festival atmosphere, with stalls and shops offering snacks, drinks and goodies, you can watch the incredible Blind Veterans walking across fire at the Terraces from 4.30pm.
At 7pm we gather hundreds of like-minded pirates and smugglers together to march with flaming torches through the village streets, gathering on the Green to remember Rudyard Kipling to the backing track of hypnotic drumming from the talented bands of Sussex. On the beacon by the ancient windmill, the bangers will begin, marking the beginning of the march back to the beach.
From the floodlit Terraces (ideal for wheelchairs and buggies) you can watch the giant pirate ship get set on fire as the crowds gather and anticipation rises for the fireworks.
The incredible finale at 8.30pm comes as fireworks more awe-inspiring than ever before bang, swoop and blow up the night sky, reflected in the inky sea where so many past misdemeanors have taken place.
Of course, thousands of pirates and smugglers cannot organise themselves. Volunteers most welcome: a great time is guaranteed with a smuggler’s handshake. If you can help, please contact email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October and November, the Grange Art Gallery opens its doors to wide ranging and thought provoking exhibitions. Prepare to have your ideas and perceptions challenged.
6 – 18 October. Rob Upward. “High and Low.”
This is Rob Upward’s fifth one-person exhibition at the Grange Art Gallery, and he has called it “High and Low”, because his thirty paintings look at landscape from mountains to sea. “I have become fascinated by the predominant colours in different landscapes; for example, the red-brown vastness of the Nullarbor Plain in Australia, the black lava fields of Hawaii.”
20 October – l November. Amanda Davidson. “Imagination. Dead Imagine” (Samuel Beckett)
Amanda Davidson is a published children’s book illustrator, author, who works mainly in pen and ink, watercolour, oils and acrylic. In this exhibition, shared with Vince Donlin, they explore the meaning of self, perception, bereavement, imagination, love and life in paint.
23-15 November. Society of Sussex Painters.
“The work of members has always been fresh, lively, contemporary” says Barry Hinchliff, the society’s president. And this year’s exhibition will show the work of fifteen to twenty Sussex artists, each contributing up to four pieces of work. The society was formed in 1924. Since then, they have had annual and bi-annual shows, very often at The Grange.
17 – 29 November. Jim MacAirt. “Zen TV”
“We are mesmerized with phones, i-pads and widescreen tvs. I see that we are trapped in devices,” says Jim MacAirt. In this exhibition, he offers an antithesis to today’s intense preoccupation with watching. Showing abstractions, images that require no dialogue or theory.
THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED
The date is Saturday 20 August at 7.45pm.
Ticket price of £20 includes a finger buffet and a glass ‘o wine.
Tickets from Brian Knight 01273 302 605.
A swashbuckling evening awaits.