Your guide to art exhibitions and events in Brighton this week.
Brighton is a city renowned for its artistic heritage. From the iconic Victorian architecture of the front, to the boundary-pushing work being made in the city’s many galleries, the city by the sea is one of colour, expression, and innovation.
This week we have hand picked four of the best exhibitions and live events happening in this late-summer flourish.
Making space – Sculptural Murmurings
Fabrica, Thursday 9th September
Join Hazel Reeves and participants for a performance and Q&A that focuses on a sculptural approach to expressive dance and movement.
Best known for creating bronzes for the public realm, Hazel Reeves is using her time at Fabrica to explore other aspects of her sculptural practice: movement and sound in space. And to develop her practice towards one that is more collaborative and transdisciplinary.
“At heart I’m a sculptural choreographer – sometimes choreographing stories in bronze, sometimes creating soundscapes to inspire movement. During this Making Space residency, I will be developing a sculptural approach to expressive dance and movement, and questioning the norms of how dancers should look and move.”
Hazel will be working with other visual, sound and movement artists, a group of non-professional dancers, and using specially created soundscapes, to create a work-in-progress piece.
This, the culmination of four days of experimentation will be performed at Fabrica, 6.30pm on Thursday 9 September. It will be followed by a Q&A with the artists at 7.15pm.
Reconfiguring: Painting exhibition
Regency Town House, Friday 10th – Sunday 12th
Artists: Tiffany Barber, Amy Dury, Craig Simpson
Three Brighton based artists invite you to The Regency Town House for a show of figurative paintings. All three artists combine fresh expressive paint with classic and contemporary subject matter.
Tiffany Barber is a contemporary figurative artist based in Brighton. Born in Scotland she was raised as an athlete & the disciplined nature of her upbringing is reflecting in the meticulously detailed artworks she now creates. Tiffany spent four years Studying at Edinburgh College of Art, a term of which was spent at the Hungarian University of Fine Art. Living & studying in these cities full of classical architecture & sculpture acted as the catalyst for the inspiration behind her paintings.
Amy Dury is a painter from Brighton who works with both portraiture and narrative scenes. She studied Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art and is now Head of Art at Varndean College. She was recently asked by the Tate Gallery to conduct a livestream portrait painting session, painting Cornelia Parker, that has been viewed 130,000 times.
Craig Simpson is a self-taught artist, originally from Manchester and now living in Brighton. In the five years Craig has been painting he has explored a variety of subject matter though he now chooses to concentrate on figurative compositions.
The Ledward Centre, on all month
Duke Mound, Brighton’s Palace Pier, the Marina, Brighton Sauna, Black Rock place, Portslade Basin Road Local Wildlife site and its naturist beach, Brighton Pavilion, the Pride parade, your home during the lockdown and sometimes your body… all these are heterotopias – places that are outside the norm, that are strange or in other words queer
Brighton, as a holiday seaside town where non-normative and even transgressive behaviour is rife, can be seen as a heterotopian city. As such, it has attracted throughout history the LGBT community and it is no wonder that it became the UK’s LGBTQ capital.
The “Queer Heterotopias” exhibition, at the Ledward Centre, produced by SEAS Brighton in collaboration with the NY Centre for LGBTQ+ and the Preus Museum (Norway), celebrates these spaces and takes the visitors on a tour of past and present heterotopias.
Veronica Slater: Decorum and Dissent
The Phoenix Art Space, on all month
Decorum & Dissent is an exhibition from studio artist Veronica Slater that sets out to disrupt decorative conventions and displace their status quo. Through visual anarchy the work seeks to playfully explore the frivolous fiction of rococo and baroque within the narratives of decorum and dissent.
From 4 September – 3 October, the Window Gallery will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00. Free entry, no booking required. See here for details on what Covid-19 health and safety measure remain in place.