Art Events

Leonard Rosoman: Painting Theatre

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Until Sunday April 29

Experience John Osborne’s controversial play A Patriot for Me through the eyes of British painter Leonard Rosoman RA (1913 – 1912), tutor to David Hockney and Peter Blake, in a series of works not seen together since the 1970s. Part of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday celebrations, this is the first museum show of Rosoman’s work in over 30 years. Curated in association with Dr Tanya Harrod, the series conveyed the ‘claustrophobic, sometimes savage, atmosphere’ of the play, whilst capturing a moment in time when attitudes towards sexuality and censorship were on the cusp of change. Picture: Leonard Rosoman, Study. Officer in drag, 1968, Acrylic on canvas, 91.5 x 91.5 cm, Dakin Collection © The Artist’s Estate.

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We Stared at the Moon from the Centre of the Sun

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne

Until Sunday June 3

Admission free

This is an exhibition curated by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza with works from the Arts Council Collection, Towner’s Collection and interventions orchestrated by the artist and his studio hrm199. Mirza considers electricity his main medium, with which he creates atmospheric environments by intuitively linking light, sound, music, videos and elements of architecture. For We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun, the artist draws together modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, installation, and film and video works to explore how our fantasies about the future and our understanding of the past determines our experience of ‘the now’. Picture above: Lis Rhodes Dresden Dynamo 1971-2 Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London © the artist print. Picture below: Patrick Caulfield Sculpture in a Landscape 1966 Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre London © The Estate of Patrick Caulfield all rights reserved DACS 2017.

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Yemi Awosile

North staircase De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Until Sunday April 15


Throughout autumn last year, Awosile engaged Thornwood Care Home staff and residents living with dementia in conversation and shared creative activities. From this series of social interventions, she developed a collection of digitally embroidered fabrics inspired by her encounters and the site. Awosile tests how craft innovation might help to bridge the gap between a younger generation of digital natives and those brought up before the digital age – people who might be more familiar with hand-crafted techniques. Awosile used the architecture of the De La Warr Pavilion to create an arrangement of textile objects that explore moments of re-discovery and unfamiliarity. Garment silhouettes embody personal dialogues that, in turn, create opportunities for social exchange, touching on the silent interplay between public and private space. Picture: Rob Harris.

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Aliens, Zombies and Monsters! The Weird World of Aaron Blecha

Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove
Until Tuesday September 4, 10am-5pm
Free admission
Popular children’s writer and illustrator Aaron Blecha reveals the tricks of his trade in this fun display. The Hove-based creator is best-known for books like Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! and the Shark School series and in this display will give museum visitors a peek into the process behind his work – starting from initial ideas and doodles to creating characters and finished books. Picture: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

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Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne

Saturday February 17-Sunday May 13

Admission free

Inhabit is an exhibition curated entirely using works from the gallery’s extensive collection of historic, modern and contemporary art. The conceptual installation of paintings, sculptures and prints invites the visitor to inhabit the gallery spaces as they move through three defined ‘settings’. Visitors enter a monochrome landscape where the town’s folk are noticeably absent; evidence of urbanisation waits patiently for new inhabitants as a bird hovers over a craggy rock face in amongst stark dark trees. Next, they step inside a domestic setting, defined by bold primary colours, before finally visiting a setting dominated by a mountain and a leafy forest path that draws the viewer in to an imagined landscape. Inhabit includes works by Edward Bawden, Dennis Creffield, Gertrude Hermes, Phelan Gibb, Duncan Grant, Derrick Greaves, Roland Jarvis, Robert MacBryde, Harold Mockford and Monica Poole,  as well as contemporary artists Peter Liversidge, Tania Kovats, Zoe Walker and Graham Gussin. The display will also showcase new acquisitions to the Towner Collection, a selection of prints by Patrick Caulfield and paintings by Wilfred Avery and Patrick Heron. Picture above left: Derrick Greaves Abstract Painting with fruit 1979. Towner Collection Eastbourne. Derrick Greaves courtesy James Hyman Gallery London. Picture above right: Kerstin Erici, Still Life,1950. © The Artist. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.

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Sheila Bownas: A Life in Pattern

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Wednesday February 21-Sunday May 20

This is an exhibition of original designs by the mid-century textile designer Sheila Bownas (1925—2007), a supplier to Liberty London and Marks & Spencer who remained relatively unknown until an archive of her work surfaced recently at auction. Her colourful patterns featuring playful scenes, floral and geometric motifs, captured the optimism of the post-war era. The exhibition is curated in association with Chelsea Cefai. Picture: Sheila Bownas, SB 467, circa 1960-69, Sheila Bownas Archive © Sheila Bownas Archive.

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De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday February 24-Sunday January 6


1935 brings together a series of events that took place in and around the vicinity of the De La Warr Pavilion, the year the building opened to the public. The De La Warr Pavilion is an architectural manifestation of a progressive social movement invested in providing the best art and culture for all. It was commissioned by the 9th Earl De La Warr, then Mayor of Bexhill, and designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. This exhibition takes that year as a starting point, using local events to indicate the varied social and political landscape of the time. Picture: Arthur Spray, the mysterious cobbler of Bexhill, curing Alice of her headache, 1935. Photographer unknown. 

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POP! Art in a Changing Britain

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Saturday February 24-Monday May 7

This exhibition is a vivid exploration of how artists in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s responded to rapid social change. Pop Art as a movement came to the fore in this period as a means to address the rise of mass media, the cult of celebrity and prevalent political concerns. This exhibition celebrates Pallant House Gallery’s significant collection of British Pop Art, including major paintings, sculpture and an extensive holding of Pop prints and archive material. It includes seminal works such as Peter Blake’s ‘The Beatles, 1962’ (1963-68), Richard Hamilton’s ‘Swingeing London’ (1968), Jann Haworth’s ‘Cowboy’ (1964) and one of the early examples of Pop printmaking, Eduardo Paolozzi’s  ‘As Is When’ (1965).  Picture: Jann Haworth, ‘Cowboy’, 1964, fabric, Pallant House Gallery (Wilson Gift through The Art Fund, 2006) © Jann Haworth.

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Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj

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

Saturday February 24-Sunday June 3


Together and separately, Guimarães and Akhøj explore the residual histories of art, design and architecture, exposing unexpected connections between states of rapture and modernity. Much of their recent work has emerged from research undertaken in the small Brazilian town of Palmelo, many of whose inhabitants are Spiritist mediums. Presented in the UK for the first time, Studies for A Minor History of Trembling Matter (2017) and Captain Gervasio’s Family (2014) are both set within this community. These films sit alongside Guimaraes’ film Canoas (2010), set in the home that architect Oscar Neimeyer built for himself outside Rio de Janeiro, and Akhøj’s Welcome (to the Teknival), 2009-17, a response to the restoration of Eileen Gray’s modernist villa e.1027. This is the artists’ first exhibition in a UK public institution. Picture: Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, Studies for A Minor History of Trembling Matter 2017, 30:28 minutes, video, colour, four channel sound, Portuguese with English subtitles. Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, and Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam.

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Remix the Museum Animation Workshops

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

Saturday February 24, 2pm-4pm

Free with admission/members and residents free. Ages 13-25

In these new monthly workshops, young people can learn how to create their own animations and Gifs and help bring museum objects to life. They can use their own smartphone or use the equipment provided. The drop-in workshops are run with Brighton Youth Film Festival and Sheepfilms.

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