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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.
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Lynda Hyde, Mayor of Brighton & Hove officially opened a new VIP (Visitor Information Point) at the Grange on the afternoon of Thursday 2 July.
The much needed and long awaited VIP can be found in the old computer room on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. Leaflets and literature, including local maps plus a selection of the library’s local history books are available for visitors to browse through. Importantly, there is once again somewhere for local businesses and organisations to put information about forthcoming activities and events.
Rottingdean’s VIP is the 15th in a network of visitor information points to be opened across Brighton & Hove and also the first to be established so far from the city centre. Visit Brighton, the official tourism body for Brighton & Hove, has trained library staff to provide information about attractions, events, facilities and who will also be providing a face-to-face welcome for visitors to the area.
A computer in the facility currently gives access to the council’s website, but visitors will also soon be able to access this site, with all it’s essential Rottingdean news and local historical information.
Visit Brighton, part of Brighton & Hove City Council, has worked with Rottingdean Trade, Business & Professional Association and Rottingdean Parish Council as well as colleagues in the library service to create the visitor information point.
Councillor Adrian Morris, the new Labour administration’s lead member for tourism and arts, said: “Rottingdean is a beautiful part of the city with a rich history. The new visitor information point will give visitors and residents alike an original way to find out more about the village, local attractions and events coming up. Brighton & Hove City Council is committed to supporting tourism across the city and this new service will hopefully encourage visitors to enjoy what is on offer in Rottingdean.”
As part of this years’ Brighton Festival, The William Nicholson Art Gallery at The Grange will be hosting the works of its finest painters, illustrators, craft makers and mosaic artists set within the charming and historic village of Rottingdean.
This wonderful venue will provide entertainment for all the family with tea gardens, workshops and puppet show.
Denise Hopper – Silk scarves and jewellery
Barry Hinchliff – Landscapes
Zan Stevenson – Abstract landscapes
Julia Elliott – Pastels and watercolours
Christine Harfleet – Fused glass
Graham Fletcher – Portraits of horses and still life
George Antoni – Abstracts Aimee Harman and Friends – Mosaic
Naomi Hyde-Smith – Knitting and crochet
Katherine Holman – Vases and panels
Amanda Davidson – Illustration
Philip Sugg – Puppet theatres
Jan Mnich – Watercolours
Orna Schneerson-Pascal – Abstracts
There will also be a children’s book launch of Fantastic Finds of Ann and Ron by Professor Cedric, illustrations by Amanda Davidson.
Days open: 1st – 27th every day except Wednesdays May 2014
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10.30 – 16.30 Sun 13.30 – 16.50 closed Wed
Admission is Free
Image used on the homepage for this post – Cannas, watercolour by Jan Mnich
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Thanks to the enthusiasm of a core group of residents, the Rottingdean Preservation Society was formed to preserve the charm and elegance of this stately house.
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy a wonderful array of art and artefacts in its spacious first floor gallery.
In 1992 The Grange faced final ruination. The Preservation Society was formed under the chairmanship of John Commin, as a last bid rescue. John had seen an exhibition of artists’ work in the Whiteway Centre spearheaded by local artist Barry Hinchliff. John approached Barry to run the Grange Art Gallery and Barry agreed and promptly set to work, along with others, upgrading the tired looking space.
On October 2nd 1993, a grand re-opening exhibition of works by 20 artists including oil paintings by Barry, pencil drawings by Mick Bensley, a pastel by the late Mike Jerrome were proudly shown. Also exhibiting was Ned Hoskins, who had created the first Artist Open House trail as The Fiveways Group in 1982. An auspicious re-opening indeed!
In October 2012 Barry Hinchliff retired and handed over to artist Amanda Davidson. With a new team of dedicated volunteers, The Grange Art Gallery and Museum yet again has undertaken a renovation project with a new look upgrade as befitting its status as an important space for artists, both professional and student alike and in celebration of those past artists and authors who lived and created works of art for posterity.
An exciting new schedule of 17 pre booked exhibitions for 2013 includes : “Celebration of Love” a photographic exhibition of home baking by Miranda Harwood, a group exhibition of students’ work from classes at The Whiteway Centre, the local camera group and visiting artists from London and Sardinia.
May and December will see The Grange affiliated to the Brighton Festival Artist Open House trail, with exhibitions of local artists’ work. From abstract to traditional, craft to sculpture the world of art and the artists rule supreme. Stewards also play a very important part in the running of the gallery.
Please contact Amanda at the Grange 01273 301004 if you are interested in exhibiting your art or if you wish to become a steward.