It’s merry mayhem when the actors arrive at an out of the way studio on Christmas Eve to find that they are not only playing multiple parts, they are going to have to do the Live Sound Effects as well.
Don’t miss this delightful evening with Brighton-based actors:
John Andrews, Richard Evans-Thomas, Margot Jobbins and Isabella McCarthy Sommerville.
Plan to join us and relax with your favourite drink upstairs at the friendly Coach House, Rottingdean
Doors open at 7:30, but be sure to book your tickets 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.
A unique opportunity to see previously unexhibited maps, plans, photos, documents and artifacts illustrating the history of the village and its residents.
TREASURES AT TWO
Each day at 2pm a talk, slideshow, a tour of the Grange, the village, the church or the churchyard, will take place depending on the suitability of the weather.
Each morning there will be an opportunity for groups from schools or elsewhere to participate in a special viewing of the exhibition with extra material provided
The exhibition is free but Rottingdean Preservation Society warmly welcomes your donations towards the running of The Grange, The Windmill, The Kipling Gardens and our other activities in the village.
Winter Smugglers Night, held on the first Saturday of December for the past 5 years has become one of the major highlights in the Rottingdean calendar. Attracting between 3,000-6,000 visitors on the night and culminating in a spectacular display of fireworks. This event has always been free to attend for everyone.
Its aim is to spark (excuse the pun) interest in the rich history of the village from the 13th century when French pirates sacked the village on their way to Lewes and set light to the villagers taking shelter in the church tower to the centuries of the illegal smuggling trade which thrived here.
Organising this event and complying with the very strict health and safety requirements necessary to keep everyone safe costs a great deal of money which is raised annually by the hard working committee. Security alone costs over £10,000 and that is before the cost of the fireworks and other entertainments. The overall event costs stand at approximately £18,000.
This year we have lost 2 of the larger funders of the event, including the City Council leaving us with a large shortfall for this year’s event. Despite our efforts to attract new funds we have not been able to close the gap.
Taking everything into account we have made the decision to cancel this year’s event while we begin the process of becoming a charitable organisation to widen the sources of funding we can apply for and to strengthen our personnel resources. This is with the view to putting on the event in December 2018 with sufficient funds and resources in place so that the event lives up to popular expectation.
Smugglers will continue to need those individuals and businesses that have contributed financially and we are very grateful to them. We will also be encouraging other businesses and concerns to support an event which brings an unprecedented level of footfall to Rottingdean.
Smugglers would also like to hear from people willing to join and strengthen the management of the event. You can reach us via our website www.rottingdeansmugglers.co.uk
We are determined to put on a show next year and with your help we will make sure it lives up to expectations
Amazing photo used from the Rottingdean Smugglers site taken by Roz Bassford-South
A talk by James Trollope in the Whiteway Centre followed by a private viewing of the Eric Slater exhibition in the Grange Gallery
James Trollope writes:
“I bought an Eric Slater colour woodcut of Seaford Head seven years ago because it’s a lovely image of my home town but could find little about the artist’s life so started my own research. One thing led to another!
First an exhibition at Towner in Eastbourne, then a book (“Slater’s Sussex”) followed by a Brighton and Hove bus being named after him, a Slater Trail (a 2 hour walk taking in views which inspired him) and his work being appraised on the Antiques Roadshow (among other things).
His woodcuts are now highly collectable and a few will be on sale at the Grange in October. There will also be a chance to buy framed GICLEE prints of his work mostly numbered 1/250. The talk will explain how a Sussex artist came to adopt a Japanese method of colour printmaking and the exhibition will also include some original prints by Yoshijiro Urushibara (1888-1953), a Japanese friend and colleague of Slater (1896-1963). Some of Urushibara’s prints will also be for sale.
Most of Slater’s prints are of recognisable places in Sussex, evoking the county’s landscape.”
Admission £8, including wine and nibbles.
To book, email MikeGregory@rwc.org.uk or phone 07913 753 493.
Holidays over, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness approaches, so a moment perhaps to visit Rottingdean’s iconic house, The Grange, which provides the setting for some varied and thought-provoking art exhibitions.
24 August – 5 September. Still time to see Rottingdean Camera Club’s exhibition “In Focus.” Members’ photographs reflect their interests, including landscape, fauna, street and abstract. “The club is in its’ 42nd year. We are a small and friendly club,” says Alan Smallman “We hold competitions and have guest speakers to talk on various photographic subjects.”
7 – 20 September. “Visual Musings” is the title of Diane Avis’ painting exhibition. She lives outside Santa Fe in the foothills of New Mexico and has exhibited in New Mexico, California, Las Vegas and after her Grange exhibition, will have a solo show in Santa Fe. “I work primarily in oils on canvas and wood, though I also make prints and drawings. Art, like mythology, should act as a portal to the spiritual; a way to access the deeper meaning that is often missing in our day- to- day lives.”
21 September – 3 October. “Williams Nicholson was my great-grandfather and I wanted the work for my show as a response to him in some way.” The words of the artist, Rafaele Appleby. “It is wild places that inspire me – rock – seascapes – skyscapes and sometimes a flower.” Rafaele lives in Cumbria and having visited the Grange Gallery for the first time was “Delighted to be offered the chance to have an exhibition here.”
During her exhibition, Rafaele will take part on 23 September in a Study Day at the Whiteway Centre, a joint event with the Rottingdean Preservation Society. “The Nicholson Family of Artists,” will focus on the legendary artistic family and include the official opening of the re-furbished William Nicholson Studio by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove. There will be lectures on William Nicholson, Ben Nicholson; and one by Rafael about Ben Nicholson’s painter wife entitled“Winifred Nicholson and her family.”
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