Art Events

Glyn Philpot

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

Until March 2018

Admission price

Among the Royal Pavilion & Museum’s collections is a group of paintings and sculpture by the artist Glyn Philpot (1884-1937), who had a modernising impact on portraiture. The exhibition explores aspects of his life including his relationship with Henry Thomas and his patrons and his hope to reconcile religious imagery with the contemporary.

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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.

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Collections in Bloom

Main Gallery, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing

Saturdays September 16 to March 31, opening times 10am-5pm


See feature for details.

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Fans Unfolded

Norwood Gallery, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing

Saturday October 21-Saturday March 31


The fan, a fashion accessory often forgotten, is put in the spotlight in this exhibition. The museum has selected fans from its collection to explore the art, language and craftsmanship of the fan interposed with items from the collection that reflect the period in which each fan was used. “We will be exploring the imagery of the fans, how they mirrored fine art of the time as well as looking into the language of fans and how they were used as means of communicating between people, the political propaganda they represented and fans that were used for advertising, dating back to the early 1700s,” explains Gerry Connolly, the museum’s senior curator. Picture: Ivory and pique fan with painted velum leaf featuring the three magi, c1700.

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Life Drawing Sessions

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Mondays and Wednesdays January 8-March 28, 6.30pm-8.30pm on Mondays and 10am-12noon on Wednesdays

Tickets £12 per session. Age 16+

This informal class drawing the human form is led by Rachel Cowell of Ginger Moo. The classes focus on learning and experimenting with new materials and gaining new skills. Bring your own drawing materials.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit

Gluck: Art & Identity

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

Until Sunday March 11

Usual admission charges apply
This major exhibition explores the life and work of the 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978) who is now recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity. Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, Gluck attended art school in London and ran away to Cornwall with fellow students during the First World War. The artist mixed with the Newlyn School of painters and adopted the name Gluck, creating a controversial masculine identity incorporating men’s tailoring, barber-cut short hair and a mannish demeanour. Gluck, who demanded ‘no prefix, suffix, or quotes’, became well known as a painter. Portraits, land and seascapes and floral paintings are all included in this show, along with
clothing, accessories, photographs, press cuttings and personal ephemera. The exhibition is part of Wear it Out, a partnership with The Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Picture above: Gluck c 1932/Howard Coster Fine Arts Society. Picture below: Gluck, Lords and Ladies, detail, 1936.

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Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne

Until Sunday May 20

Admission free

Natural Selection marks the culmination of a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, the ornithologist Peter Holden. Their collaborative work takes us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs. Featuring objects, sculptures, videos and animation, the exhibition has been conceived to celebrate an astonishing diversity of natural forms and embrace different ways of looking. Picture: Alison Bettles.

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Caroline Achaintre: Fantômas

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

Until Sunday April 29


Caroline Achaintre’s visually striking, witty ceramic sculptures and hand-tufted wall hangings incorporate diverse references such as catwalk fashion, carnival, and death-metal iconography, as well as Primitivism and Expressionism – early 20th century Western art movements that borrowed heavily from non-Western and prehistoric imagery to find new ways of representing the modern world. Picture: Rob Harris.

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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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