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Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship
Based on new research and telling a story that has never been told before, this exhibition of the artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death. It explores the significant relationships and working collaborations between Ravilious and an important group of friends and affiliates, including Paul and John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Tirzah
Garwood, Edward Bawden, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, and Diana Low.
The exhibition will include many of Ravilious’ key works shown alongside both well-known and less seen works by his contemporaries, including work by each artist that has never before been exhibited publicly, and will focus chronologically on key moments when the work and careers of these artists coincided, overlapped or was particularly pertinent to the others, such as their time at the Royal College of Art, the 1927 St George’s exhibition, their time spent at Furlongs and Newhaven in Sussex, and their various roles in the Second World War.
The exhibition represents the wide range of media in which the artists worked, from watercolours to woodcuts, lithographic prints, book jackets and illustrations, patterned papers, and wallpaper and fabric design.
27 May - 17 Sept
Abigail Anna Myers
Myers’ process begins with a thought, a feeling, a momentary fleeting image or line of prose. Working in a variety of media she produces abstract pieces, which may be loose and painterly or contain bold graphic patterns. Text is a regular feature in these works, in the form of poetic lines or philosophical mantras.
View her page here, and follow her on facebook, instagram and artfinder.
June 16 - July 19
Disquiet is a group show curated by Jason Williams, featuring painting, film, sculpture, print and collage works by artists Jonathan William Pettett, Jeffrey Louis-Reed, Judy Martin, Claude Garanjoud, Sexton Ming, Rebecca Snotflower, Liz Finch, Albert Oehlen, XTX, Romain Perrot and Andy Bolus.
This group exhibition uses the title Disquiet to describe the broad range of unsettling or disruptive affects and experiences associated with making and looking at certain kinds of art. It takes its cue from one example in the painting The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbein the Younger.
Tuesday 25th July – Sunday 20th August, 11-5pm
People and spaces are at the heart of this joint photography exhibition.
Axel Hesslenberg’s subjects embrace the new, open space on Eastbourne’s Pier. When the old amusement arcade was not rebuilt after the fire, a new wooden decking gave residents and visitors the opportunity to stroll onto the pier, sit and chat like on a Mediterranean plaza. Some alone in their own thoughts, others in groups, all walks of life, a peaceful congregation of everyone. While the fire was tragic, the restauration created a space to breath. Axel photographs for the Charleston Trust near Firle.
Mark Nelson also examines the life of everyday people in their environment, with an air of mystery surrounding each image. From the man alone with a briefcase, slowly making his way home at New York’s Grand Central Station to four girls in Havana, captured in an impressionistic style on a Summer’s evening. Mark will also be showing his short film Berlin: Alexanderplatz, inspired by the Herman Hesse poem ‘Stufen’. Mark is a Brighton based photographer and filmmaker and founder of First Light Studios over 30 years ago.
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