Rottingdean’s Brighton Festival May 2014 exhibition

Grange Exhibition PosterAs 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

William Nicholson Gallery – new look for the Grange

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The Grange Art Gallery and Museum, with its fascinating history of ownership and periodic threats of closure, has come a long way since the renowned artist, William Nicholson, (father of artist Ben Nicholson), lived and painted here. William Nicholson Royal Academy artist is the creator of the Heinneman windmill logo and famous for his woodcuts and beautiful paintings of Rottingdean and the Downs. He is responsible for putting our area on the artistic map. With this in mind, we are naming the refurbished art gallery room The William Nicholson Gallery.

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.

Smugglers, Mariners and Festive Fun

This year’s Festive Exhibition at The Grange will be displaying the works of Mick Bensley, Amanda Davidson and Phillip Sugg. Those of you who used to visit Arty phArty Studios in Nevill Road may well remember seeing the wonderful puppet theatre on display there. It was the work of newcomer to the village, artist and former museum curator, Phillip Sugg.

In celebration of Rottingdean’s Smugglers Night on Sat 1st Dec. Phillip has created a new Puppet Theatre about the Smugglers of Rottingdean, which will include local stories and characters with set-scenes of The Black Horse pub and the Windmill on Beacon Hill and featuring Kipling’s ‘The Smugglers Song’.

There will be an inter-active performance on the stage, in the village hall, for all the family on Dec 1st during the day, along with various other smuggling arty events led by Amanda and ‘Willow the Wisp’ before moving to the joint exhibition at The Grange.

Once on display, you will get a chance to see the marionettes and buy cards and prints of his work. To continue the theme, Mick will be showing his amazingly detailed marine paintings and 2013 calendar. There will also be new, colourful paintings, prints and cards by Amanda in conjunction with her Xmas Artist Open House at Tudor Close. (details in the AOH brochure and web-site).

The Grange Exhibition starts 29th Nov-18th Dec. Contact Amanda Davidson 07763584330

Exciting Sculpture Exhibition at The Grange

An exhibition of portrait sculpture and paintings by Victor Heyfron takes place at The Grange Art Gallery, Rottingdean, from Thursday 19 April to Tuesday 2 May. Admission free.

The exhibition will feature sculptures and paintings of many famous characters including Beethoven, Elgar, Eric Morecambe, Winston Churchill, Bertrand Russell, Ian McKellen, Ken Dodd, Cliff Richard and Jonny Wilkinson.

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