The Hop Poles in Middle Street is a lovely orange brick and terracotta that has seen some interesting days, such as the elephants parading down to the Hippodrome, Brian Epstein drinking his pint while the Beatles were performing. It still has startling grafitti – watch out that the giant seagulls don’t get you for supper!!
Fabrica, Duke Street, Brighton 5 April – 26 May
An installation of coloured ribbons hung from a square wire frame – great fun for the children to run through. Also a floor of psychedelic squares/bathroom scales which did not seem to measure properly since they gave different readings – so stick with your own bathroom scales! Visit Fabrica for further information, as it says on the leaflet.
University of Brighton Gallery 3 – 25 May 2014
Two installations, one involving wires beating against the wall below and the other consisting of a wall of cardboard boxes on which balls suspended on wire beat continually. Very syncopated. I wanted a band to start playing as well.
The best exhibition I have seen in Brighton Museum for a long while. The expertise in porcelain, metal, textiles is top quality and many of the exhibits are witty. They all deal with a number of today’s issues: homelessness, waste, recycling, sexual taboos … you will admire the art while arguing whether you agree or not. I did not like the idea of unpicking an old crossstitch, done with such care by the embroiderer many years ago so as to give a contemporary meaning .. the artist could have done his own embroidery and exhibited it alongside the old. Strange to say, my favourites were the shiny open sardine can and the crushed can jug. What were yours?
Welcome to our blog. We are the Kemp Town Artists’ Gallery, a new non-profit making initiative for promoting the arts in Kemp Town. The intention is that it should be a means to inform the public and artists about what is happening in the Kemp Town area and help residents to participate in the artistic life of the community in an easy, non-time consuming way. If you’re an artist, joining the Kemp Town Artists’ Gallery is an ideal way to keep your work on view throughout the year, to sell direct (we don’t charge commission), to announce your exhibitions, classes and other events, and to tell us your views about encouraging the arts in Kemp Town.