Art Events

Eleven Exhibition

Cafe-bar, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Wednesday-Saturday May 5-26

Free

An eclectic mix of works by 11 regional artists ranges from abstract to figurative and landscape. The showcase, part of the Brighton Festival, marks the launch of the charity Creative Future’s curated online art sales platform.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.



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.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightonfestival.org.



Life Model II

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton

Until Monday May 28, various times

Free

Life Model II by Brighton Festival’s guest director David Shrigley plays on the age-old tradition of life drawing classes by replacing the live model with the artist’s caricatured sculpture of a nine-foot-tall woman. Visitors are invited to sit, observe and draw the model using materials provided, with the resulting artworks hung up as part of the exhibition. David Shrigley explains, “Life Model II is an artwork that begets other artwork. There’s the three-dimensional work of the life model – a sculpture of somebody trying to stand still (which is a good thing to make a sculpture of when you think about it). And there’s the two-dimensional work which is made by the visitors to the exhibition. It’s a piece about drawing, it’s a piece about everybody being included, about participating and making an exhibition yourself.” Life Model II is a follow-up to the original Life Model, David Shrigley’s Turner Prize-nominated installation of the same name.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightonfestival.org.



Brett Goodroad

Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton

Until Sunday May 27, 11am-5pm

Free

Brett Goodroad grew up in Montana, and lives and works in San Francisco painting in his backyard. Much of his work mimics nature. Growing, accumulating content such as sexuality, violence and love like a plant. Or a tree. That he grew up in a farming family, he says, seems important. He has driven combines through the breadbasket, wrangled buffalo in the Gallatin Valley and delivered organic vegetables through America’s southwest. This UK premiere is part of the Brighton Festival.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightonfestival.org.



Charleston Festival

Charleston, Firle

Friday-Monday May 18-28

Described as “the home of lively conversation and a search for truth in the spirit of the Bloomsbury Group”, the Charleston Festival this year boasts David Attenborough (pictured above) as its star speaker. Announced as the winner of the annual Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize, he will deliver the annual lecture on the divisive question of whether some animals can justifiably be described as artists. Among other speakers and writers are last year’s Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, the author Jeanette Winterson, Hollywood actress Gemma Arterton (pictured below), broadcaster David Dimbleby, author Robert Harris, the biographer Claire Tomalin, author Ali Smith, broadcasters Evan Davis, the Newsnight presenter, and Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, who gives an insider’s account of Donald Trump’s presidency, Fat is a Feminist Issue author Susie Orbach, authors Aida Edemariam, Kevin Powers, Kamila Shamsie, Neel Mukherjee and Alexander McCall Smith, poet Simon Armitage, comedian, actor and writer Robert Webb and author Alan Hollinghurst.

Read our feature on the Charleston Festival.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.uk.



Safe European Home?

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing

Until Saturday October 13

Safe European Home?, which explores the identity of Europe as a safe home, brings together the work of four contemporary artists: Delaine and Damian Le Bas, Alex Michon and Julia Horbaschk. The exhibition, named after a song by punk band The Clash, also includes items from the museum’s collection selected because they reference borders, boundaries and movement. The installations and art work by the four artists each have their own voice but the threads that weave the whole exhibition together are concerned with acceptance, tolerance, responsibility and more.

Read our feature on the exhibition.

Phone 01903 221448 or visit worthingmuseum.co.uk.



Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm

De’Longhi Print Room, Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Until Sunday September 2

Free entry

Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm is an exhibition of black and white photographs depicting Sussex life during the 1960s and 1970s by one of Britain’s most respected photographers. Dorothy Bohm (b. 1924), who is particularly well known for her photographs of London, Paris and New York, reveals her personal connections to the county of Sussex in the photographs, a body of work that has not previously been exhibited as a focused display. The group of images, all taken on a Rolleiflex, provide a candid and often humorous window on a bygone era of Sussex life. Picture: Dorothy Bohm, Worthing, Sussex, 1970s, silver gelatin print on paper © Dorothy Bohm Archive.

Read our feature on the exhibition.

Phone 01243 774557 or visit pallant.org.uk.



Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit steyningfestival.co.uk.



Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday May 26-September 16

Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings is a major touring exhibition featuring 80 female artists, from 1854 to the present day, inspired by the novelist Virginia Woolf. The visual artists working in photography, painting, sculpture and film have sought to record the vast scope of female experience and to shape alternative ways for women to be. They include Laura Knight, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Eileen Agar, Dora Carrington, Gluck, Prunella Clough and Caragh Thuring. Picture: Dame Laura Knight, The Dark Pool (1908–1918), Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle © Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2018. All Rights Reserved.

Read our feature on Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings.

Phone 01243 774557 or visit pallant.org.uk.



Sculpture in Particular

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Saturdays May 26-June 2, 10am-5pm

Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free

The 16th century house Pashley Manor hosts an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at its award-winning gardens at the Sculpture in Particular event. The exhibition in the house, which is not usually open to the public, features interior pieces as well as pieces suitable for smaller gardens. The Garden Room café is also hosting an exhibition of floral and botanical art. Picture: Poop Poop by Graham Thrussell/picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit pashleymanorgardens.com.



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