Art Events

Museum of Transology

Spotlight Gallery,, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 12A Pavilion Parade, Brighton

Until June 2018

Admission price

This exhibition began with donations from Brighton’s trans community and is now the largest collection represening trans people in the country and possibly the world. Containing artefacts and photographic portraiture, the display challenges the idea that gender is fixed. It also launches Be Bold, a series of collaborative exhibitions and events.

Phone 03000 290290 or visit

Collector’s Choice: Star Wars

Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove

Until Tuesday June 26

Free admission

This is a display of vintage Star Wars toys and memorabilia from the 1970s and 80s. It’s a chance to take a trip down memory lane or brush up on the back story to the newest Star Wars releases.

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John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 12A Pavilion Parade, Brighton

Until Sunday June 3

Free with museum admission

The significance of John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints book – published just after the outbreak of war in November 1939 – is widely recognised, but has never before been explored in detail. The slim volume of landscape views, with its marbled paper boards, hovered on the brink of Victorian pastiche; while his choice of a printmaking medium redolent of the early 19th century seemed a perfect match for the architectural period of the town. But for all the nostalgia of its subject and style, Brighton Aquatints was a clear indicator of Piper’s awareness of avant-garde art. This display explores Brighton Aquatints through related books, letters, sketches, prints and designs, and is curated by architectural and design historian Alan Powers. It coincides with the publication of a new edition of Piper’s Brighton Aquatints with an introduction and commentary by Powers, published by The Mainstone Press. Picture: © The Piper Estate/DACS 2017.

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We Stared at the Moon from the Centre of the Sun

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne

Until Sunday June 3

Admission free

This is an exhibition curated by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza with works from the Arts Council Collection, Towner’s Collection and interventions orchestrated by the artist and his studio hrm199. Mirza considers electricity his main medium, with which he creates atmospheric environments by intuitively linking light, sound, music, videos and elements of architecture. For We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun, the artist draws together modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, installation, and film and video works to explore how our fantasies about the future and our understanding of the past determines our experience of ‘the now’. Picture above: Lis Rhodes Dresden Dynamo 1971-2 Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London © the artist print. Picture below: Patrick Caulfield Sculpture in a Landscape 1966 Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London © The Estate of Patrick Caulfield all rights reserved DACS 2017.

Phone 01323 434670 or visit

Aliens, Zombies and Monsters! The Weird World of Aaron Blecha

Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove
Until Tuesday September 4, 10am-5pm
Free admission
Popular children’s writer and illustrator Aaron Blecha reveals the tricks of his trade in this fun display. The Hove-based creator is best-known for books like Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! and the Shark School series and in this display will give museum visitors a peek into the process behind his work – starting from initial ideas and doodles to creating characters and finished books. Picture: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

Read our feature on Aliens, Zombies and Monsters.
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De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday February 24-Sunday January 6


1935 brings together a series of events that took place in and around the vicinity of the De La Warr Pavilion, the year the building opened to the public. The De La Warr Pavilion is an architectural manifestation of a progressive social movement invested in providing the best art and culture for all. It was commissioned by the 9th Earl De La Warr, then Mayor of Bexhill, and designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. This exhibition takes that year as a starting point, using local events to indicate the varied social and political landscape of the time. Picture: Arthur Spray, the mysterious cobbler of Bexhill, curing Alice of her headache, 1935. Photographer unknown. 

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Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj

Ground Floor Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday February 24-Sunday June 3


Together and separately, Guimarães and Akhøj explore the residual histories of art, design and architecture, exposing unexpected connections between states of rapture and modernity. Much of their recent work has emerged from research undertaken in the small Brazilian town of Palmelo, many of whose inhabitants are Spiritist mediums. Presented in the UK for the first time, Studies for A Minor History of Trembling Matter (2017) and Captain Gervasio’s Family (2014) are both set within this community. These films sit alongside Guimaraes’ film Canoas (2010), set in the home that architect Oscar Neimeyer built for himself outside Rio de Janeiro, and Akhøj’s Welcome (to the Teknival), 2009-17, a response to the restoration of Eileen Gray’s modernist villa e.1027. This is the artists’ first exhibition in a UK public institution. Picture: Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, Studies for A Minor History of Trembling Matter 2017, 30:28 minutes, video, colour, four channel sound, Portuguese with English subtitles. Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, and Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam.

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The Spire Secret Festival


The Spire, St Mark’s Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton

May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27, and June 1 and 2


The Spire, a creative space for theatre, dance, circus and performance makers located in the Grade II-listed St Mark’s Chapel, whose faded glory has been reborn, hosts Kemptown’s first secret festival programme. Visitors can discover experimental art, unusual performance and out-of-the-ordinary music.  Performances happen throughout the evenings. Opening the festival with performances on May 4, 5 and 6 at 9pm will be performance innovators DOTDASH, with Passing Phase: 24 lights. 24 loops. 24 minutes. A dazzling ode to chaos, performed in circles. DOTDASH explore patterns, order and disorder, to ask: is hope a Passing Phase? DOTDASH is the collaboration between Eoin Furbank and Jessica Jordan-Wrench. Together they make noisy theatre, live and installation art. On May 11, RAW will take over the Spire bar. RAW is a low-key evening of bite-sized performance and experimentation, run by independent producers with no agenda and no pressure! RAW was conceived by Abby Butcher, Ruth Dudman and Faith Dodkins and has been imagined as a space for the creative community of Brighton & Hove to come together in a social setting – part theatre, part social-club, part extension of your living room. Pictures: Rosie Powell.

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Touring across Sussex

Until October


As part of the Brighton Festival, award-winning contemporary designer Morag Myerscough celebrates the spirit of seminal 1960s Los Angeles artist Corita Kent in Belonging, her first ever mobile installation. Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, it is a bright, bold, touring bandstand programmed in conjunction with communities across Sussex, inviting them to reflect on the concept of ‘belonging’ by making banners to adorn its crown and programming a diverse range of local performers to use it as a stage. The installation will then be taken on a countywide tour of festivals and community events. The Belonging Bandstand launches on the beach level next to the i360, tours to Your Place venues in Brighton and on to the South of England Show at Ardingly, Crawley Festival, Newhaven, Ditchling and Coastal Currents Arts Festival in Hastings, taking on a different local character with each new iteration as the placard formation of the crown is changed to show off the communities’ own designs, and as the bandstand is programmed with local performers. The bandstand kicks of its run with a day of music curated by BIMM on Saturday May 12.
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Get With The Action

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling

Until October 14

Entry £6.50/concs £5.50/u16s free

Corita Kent (1918-1986) was a Roman Catholic nun, an artist and a famously charismatic educator. Her vibrant Warhol-inspired serigraphs, banners and posters reflected her concerns about poverty, racism and war and were regularly to be seen at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and 70s. This exhibition, part of the Brighton Festival, also features a museum installation by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan, who cite Corita Kent as an early influence.

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