SUNDAY 30 JULY 2-3pm
Refreshments and cream teas will be available after the readings in the walled garden (barn if wet)
After the Artist’s Open House in May, the Grange Gallery continues with a refreshing and stimulating variety of exhibitions for June and July.
1 – 20 June. RETHREADED is a group of eight textile artists who have all stitched from an early age. “We’ve been together as a group since we completed a three year Experimental Textiles adult Education course”
23 June – ll July. HORIZONS: LAND SEA SPACE will show the works of Carol Lawson, Nichola Campbell and Chris McEwan. Carol Lawson’s pastel drawings celebrate the ever-changing patterns and colour of the South Downs. While Nichola Campbell’s new work is inspired by sea, rock pools and creatures of the seashore, working with ink on wood blocks. And Chris McEwan’s illustrates his love of machines, mechanical devices and his own collection of space toys. “Most people assume they know about robots, but faced with several hundred, experience a childlike sense of wonder.”
13 – 18 July. THE LITTLE PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHS is a child-friendly exhibition by Paul Rowland of toy people photographed in unusual places.
20 July – 8 August. Mick Bensley, marine artist, will be showing new works. He divides his time between painting, teaching. “I continue to paint a range of subjects including portraits of people, their pets, landscapes, seascapes.”
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.”
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
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.
Sara Hill is a local artist. She attended Eastbourne College of Art and Design from the age of sixteen. She continued to paint when she left, but also spent time as a band photographer and promoter, designing logos, posters and record sleeves.
For over twenty years she has had many exhibitions, some solo, which have had local press coverage and her appearance on local tv and radio. She has also had exhibitions in London and as she says “from Southwold to Edinburgh”. A visit to Berlin resulted not only in sales but two successful exhibitions.
However, appreciation of Sara’s art is not limited to the world of art galleries. Some of her pastels were commissioned by BBC 1 for the “Randall and Hopkirk Deceased” remake. And some abstracts were used in an ITV production of “The Shell Seekers” starring Vanessa Redgrave. Her paintings also featured in the BAFTA award winning BBC2 sketch show “That Mitchell and Webb Look”. And Disney commissioned two of her paintings for a programme on its’ ITV children’s channel.
Her solo exhibition at The Grange Art Gallery in August consists of about forty paintings entitled “The Sea Calls My Name”. For, as she says, “My work is a mixture of seascape, figurative and abstract oils on canvas, colour energetic and thought-provoking.”
After the undoubted success of an eclectic Artists’ Open House exhibition in May, The Grange continues with more diverse exhibitions in June and July. And a visit could be preceded or followed with a cream tea in the sun in the walled garden.
2nd June – 14th June: Julian Le Bas says of his students: “These recent life drawings are made in direct response to the model, drawn from direct observation. The time restrictions of each set pose demand an intense exploration of the structural dynamics and feel of the figure. This exhibition is a celebration of work made at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven. All of the students channel their own authentic experience during the process of drawing through a variety of media.”
16th June – 5th July: “Ways of Seeing” shows paintings, limited editions and works in glass. Nichola Campbell’s collage developed from painting, working experimentally with ink. Barbara Todd’s three- dimensional work is inspired by home, garden, nature. Elizabeth Lamont’s love of lyrical line with translucent colour led her to the medium of stained glass, using traditional methods to create image within the glass. Chris McEwan’s idiosyncratic interpretations are inspired by landscape and gardens, and local history inspired Carol Lawson’s paintings and pastels, associated with grand houses, gardens and the beauty of the South Downs.
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7th July – 19th July: Betty Dunismoir paints in oils and water colours and her delicate flower paintings and cards bring out the paperlike quality of a simple, single flower; a stem pansy, a daffodil. Often her work has an association with family and friends.
21st July – 2nd August: “Frockart At The Grange” is the work of six artists who met while studying art in Sussex and have been exhibiting together for many years. Their exhibition will focus on new paintings, prints, collage, textiles and cards.
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Locals will know of the rich range of art exhibitions held all year round at The Grange in Rottingdean. A graceful Georgian house, once the home of artist William Nicholson, father of the artist Ben Nicholson, it will be the backdrop in May for an Artists’ Open House to coincide with the Brighton Festival.
The exhibition will showcase the work of twenty Sussex-based artists: Zan Stevenson (Painting): Denise Hopper(Textiles/Batik): Amanda Davidson (Illustrator): Jan Mnich (Watercolours): George Antoni (Abstracts): Atelier in the Attic(Printed Cushions): Mick Bensley (Marine and Landscape Watercolours): Bob Webzell (African Photography): Chrissy Harfleet (Glass): John Plater (Turned Wood): Maggie Cummings (Painting): Julia Elliott (Pastels and Watercolours): Rachel Brooks (Painting): Graham Read (Painting): Rob Upward (Painting): Chris Hesketh (Raku Ceramics): Philip Sugg (Puppetry): Sandra Etchings (Etchings): Casa Latina (Painting).
With special guest artist, Eve Shepherd. An international award-winning sculptor, she says that much of her inspiration comes from a passion for the unexplained and unexplainable.
Visitors will not only be able to enjoy browsing this innovative, eclectic art collection, but perhaps talk to the artists who may be present; and possibly buy their work.
Entrance is free and the gallery is open six days a week.
Walking from the art gallery to the back of the building, refreshments are available in the lovely Lutyens/Jekyll walled garden.
And there is great fun on offer for children, with two workshops sponsored by Parc of Rottingdean in conjunction with Anthropod Arts. The first on Sunday 15th May will show children how to be creative using bunting – inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s writing and the iconic Rottingdean windmill. The second, on 22nd May, will demonstrate how children can create butterflies, fish, seagulls, insects and birds. Contact Arthropod Arts directly on 07701 072761 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Grange Gallery, The Green, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HA,
Open Thursday 5th May – Tuesday 31st May, 10:30am to 4:30pm every day except Wednesday.