Month: February 2018

Join quirky artist David Shrigley on his voyage of discovery as guest director of this year’s Brighton Festival

THE Turner Prize-nominated visual artist David Shrigley is embarking on “a voyage of discovery” as the guest director of this year’s Brighton Festival, the largest annual curated multi-arts festival in England The Macclesfield-born artist, who lives in Brighton, is known for his darkly humorous works that comment on the absurd, inconsequential, and disquieting elements of daily life and his “offbeat take” is reflected in a programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate. He says, “I’m very excited about this year’s line-up – not only for the things that I have selected but also for the...

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Works by the artist who created drawings by torchlight of scenes from a John Osborne play go on view for the first time since the 1970s

A NEW exhibition exploring the influence of the theatre on the painter Leonard Rosoman will feature 16 works from his extraordinary series based on John Osborne’s controversial play A Patriot for Me. The works have not been exhibited together since the 1970s. Conveying the ‘claustrophobic, sometimes savage, atmosphere’ of the play, the series also captured a moment in time when attitudes towards sexuality and censorship were on the cusp of change. The exhibition, at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, is the first major museum show of Rosoman’s work in 30 years and is part of a nationwide programme...

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Meet the stuntman who has been set on fire more than 100 times – and loves it!

IF you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be on fire, Nick Gillard is the man to ask. He is a celebrated stuntman, stunt coordinator and fight director who is responsible for film and TV stunt scenes in the Star Wars prequels, Wanted, Labyrinth, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and various Bond films. Nick, who lives in Brighton, has been set on fire more than 100 times for Hollywood movies and television shows, and holds the world record for the longest fire stunt in the movie Alien 3 – a full burn without air for more than...

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Comedian George Egg dishes up delicious gourmet meals using power tools and gardening equipment from his shed in his new show

HE’S been banned from the kitchen and banished to the shed by his wife, who told him to “get on with some DIY”. But comedian and anarchist George Egg has other things on his mind: FOOD! His unstoppable urge to be creative means he has to find ways to cook from the equipment he finds in his garden shed. So he makes tagliatelle with a paper shredder, steams kippers and eggs with a wallpaper stripper and uses a hot air gun to conjure up some croutons. “It’s innovative, it’s resourceful and it’s very silly,” says George, who lives in...

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Discover the extraordinary work of a virtually unknown and unrecognised textile designer in a new exhibition

THE relatively unknown work of a textile designer who supplied Liberty London and Marks & Spencer is showcased in a new exhibition at an art gallery. Sheila Bownas (1925-2007) created colourful patterns including floral and geometric motifs alongside playful designs of children dancing and animals, capturing the optimism of the post-war era. The exhibition, Sheila Bownas – The Art of Pattern, at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester from February 21, is a chance to discover the work of a talented British textile designer who, alongside many other female designers in the mid-century textile industry, remained invisible during her...

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