We’ll be home to two different installations/exhibitions this May, displaying prints from the Artists Open Houses cover artist Hannah Forward, and hosting an eclectic array of exciting new works with New Grounds.
You can find out a bit more about both of these exhibition events below. Our Artists Open Houses exhibition will be free entry, so do pop in and have a little look. New Grounds is a little bit different, with exhibition pieces running alongside some sound-art performances, workshops, and a theatrical performance in our cloakroom. If any of this tickles your curiosity then have a scroll down and take a closer look at what’s coming up.
Hannah Forward – Artists Open Houses 2019 Brochure Cover Artist
From Tue 23 Apr, Waterloo Room
Hannah Forward, the May 2019 Artists Open Houses Brochure Cover Artist, is an artist and printmaker who works from her studio in Hove. She studied Graphic Design at Brighton University before becoming a full-time printmaker in 2018. Her work captures the everyday events and artefacts of modern life, with particular attention to social events and personal pastimes. She uses vivid colours and bold shapes to create detailed, textured prints, which have a sense of movement and strong graphic quality.
Since completing a BA in Printmaking at the University of Brighton she has exhibited widely, in the UK and internationally. She creates limited edition textiles, fine art screenprints, wallpapers and books using hand-made inks made from pure pigments and metallic glazes.
See more of Hannah’s work in her Open House at 12 Scott Road, Hove, during Artists Open Houses weekends throughout May: www.aoh.og.uk.
New Grounds | FAKE/MAKE
Throughout May, Open during box office hours and pre-show doors
The phrase ‘fake it till you make it’ has a fairly long history. Its early uses can be traced back to the 20th century, where it was most likely considered out of necessity, or seen as the one’s voluntary path to cheerfulness. Originally, the phrase developed as an English aphorism, which suggests that by imitating confidence, capability, and a hopeful outlook, a person can realise those qualities in their real life. Many disciplines consider this mindset to enable a change one’s attitude through psychology to self-care culture.
This year’s New Grounds programme is looking at the ideas, speculations and self-reflection on this subject through various art forms. Why do we fake it? What happens to the intention of ‘making’ in the act of ‘faking’? Does it lose the face value of the by-product or the purpose of the creation? Faking can be seen as being a fabricator or charlatan, but can it also be seen as a role-play which disguises, transforms and perhaps enables one’s creative act into practice? When faking precedes making, how does this affect the artists’ process?
New Grounds’ artists will be looking at the thought of ‘faking’/’making’ as a reflective relationship to speculate and show the personal experiences within these artistic practices of sound performances, multimedia installations and workshops.
Ed Briggs: Space Bard | Sun 2 Jun, 4pm – 5pm
What do medieval castles, lasers, music, gravity measurements and knights-errant have in common? Join Ed Briggs to find out as he presents a tale of one idiot’s attempt to make sense of a unique site in Sussex – the Space Geodesy Facility at Herstmonceux. The Brighton based Inventor and musician will present the result of a month-long residency at the facility situated on the Sussex Weald. Ed’s work uses bespoke electronic and acoustic instruments, both scientific and musical, to explore how music can be used as a method of inquiry. Join him as he asks the question “how do we learn about the world by making things up?”
Ed is a sound artist and performer who lives in Brighton. He describes his performance technique as performance-lecture. His practice involves building a zero-gravity drop tower, growing some space peas, synthesisers and dressing up in medieval clothes in science labs. He is currently forming the last quarter of his PhD at the University of Sussex.
Rebecca Dyer: Music For Meltdowns | Sat 1 Jun, 4pm – 5pm
Autistic artist R.Dyer will be using sensory toys, loop pedal and found sounds like part of an interactive performance exploring social ritual, stimming and the meaning of *autistic-friendly* space. Bring your fidget spinners!
Rebecca is a sound artist and performer. Her music is acoustic-electronic, and she mixes pop with found sounds and old technologies. She lives and works in Brighton.
Daniel Levin: Cloakroom Sessions | Date & time TBC | £4
Cloakroom Sessions is a powerful and performative exploration of a therapeutic scenario. It is an invitation to step into a cloakroom with a stranger for a playful immersion of the senses. At once absurd, playful but also serious. Be prepared to be fully immersed for a transformative Journey in a cloakroom with a caring stranger all at the cost of a pint!
Daniel Levin is a storyteller, once upon a time a magician, magically poetic with words and in love most of the time with life. Whether performing at Womad Wilderness or Old Age Homes, he anchors his work in what makes us tick, what elevates the human spirit and seeks to identify where our blind spots are.
INSTALLATIONS/EXHIBITIONS | RUNNING FROM 23 MAY – 2 JUN
“It seems to be what we feared most. The signs have since begun to show themselves. Slowly at first, as they so usually do. Their prominence gradually growing from the dark, as if shadows forming through the absence of light.”
The story of S. Dunstan is clouded in the occult. After having moved to a quiet, suburban town in the South East of England, Dunstan finds himself plagued by signs, sites and symbols, all pointing to the Devil’s recent presence. Through the recurrence of graffiti sites surrounding their home, the discovery of a local folktale is reignited through its devilish content. Left compelled to follow traces left by breadcrumbs of mythology, Dunstan finds themselves lost and shrouded in a story blurred by fiction, fact and folklore.
Ëpha Roe is an artist who primarily works with photography. Ëpha’s practice generally focuses on how shifts in perception can be mediated through photography and creative writing. Ëpha is a practice-led photography PhD student at the University of Brighton and is living in Brighton.
My creative interest focuses mainly on using both found photography and original work, combining them together to make new narratives, as well as using multimedia techniques such as embroidery to explore concepts of identity, personality, gender, and shapes within the landscape.
Bethan Clarke is a photographer and process-led artist who works mainly with lens and textile-based practices. She is in the midst of a master at the University of Sussex, engaging with practices of photography and multimedia techniques.
Súhannah Whitton will be showing some of her illustrations from the comic series Skully the Sad Skeleton. The series focuses on the issues of mental health and how it can sometimes leave us feeling stripped of our identity, back to just bones. The comic will share some small moments where we face our vulnerability, strength and hope to find a profound change.
Súhannah Whitton is a self-taught artist and maker who lives on Hastings. Her creative practice forms between various mediums such as photography, illustration, creative writing and music.
Kate Kelsall, Claire Patrick and İdil Bozkurt: WHERE ARE WE? Workshop Double Bill | Tue 28 May
part 1 | 1.30pm – 4.30pm
part 2 | 6pm – 9pm
“The urge to map is a basic, enduring human instinct…” Jeremy Brotton
Idil, Kate & Clare invite you to get lost, whilst pondering this simple question. In Part One we will call on cameraless photography, cartography and collaboration, thinking about the ways people have (and could) organise space and orientate themselves. Part Two plays with tools employed in fantasy fiction, role-playing games and philosophical arguments, to begin reimagining the terrain itself.