Past Exhibitions

Here you will find links to the pages for the old exhibitions held in the Grange Gallery.

Ways of Seeing

16th June – 5th July
Carol Lawson ▪ Chris McEwan ▪ Barbara Todd ▪ Nichola Campbell ▪ Elizabeth Lamont

 

Exhibiting together for the first time, five artists with very distinctive styles and a shared love of colour, texture and a touch of the surreal launch a rich and exciting collection at The Grange on 16th June.

Ranging from explorations of local history to glimpses of mysterious other worlds, the collection includes:
• Carol Lawson’s evocative paintings of the ever-changing patterns and colours across the South Downs
• Nichola Campbell’s vibrant collages inspired by the lives and work of William Nicholson, Enid Bagnold, Edward Burne-Jones and Rudyard Kipling
• Barbara Todd’s atmospheric paintings and intriguing themed boxes such as Two Birds from Ancient Egypt, gleaming with the treasure of found gems
• Chris McEwan’s idiosyncratic work which finds historical and spiritual inspiration from gardens and the downland of Sussex
• Elizabeth Lamont’s shimmering Oriental landscapes and narratives captured in layers of stained glass

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Artist Open House

5th May – 31st May


We are many people

21st April – 3rd May
By Corina Stupu Thomas

All I have wanted in life, like many, is to be free to follow my dreams. After I graduated I never looked back – I entered the creative world. 15 years on I decided to become an artist, perhaps the ultimate expression of freedom. And I discovered Intuitive art, a creative philosophy born to stimulate an intuitive approach to painting.

My exhibition “we are many people” aims to show that there are many artists within us, many styles, many voices.

The exhibition ends on May 3rd! A talk and demonstration will take place at the galley on April 30th from 1.30 until 3.30


Rottingdean Art Club

Rottingdean Art Club is a group of artists of varying ability who meet every Wednesday afternoon. The sessions take place at the Whiteway Centre in Rottingdean from 2pm to 4,30 pm with a social tea break at 3 pm.

A programme is usually followed which determines what subject will be painted on a particular day. Having said that, the club is quite flexible and members are allowed to paint a subject of their choice if they so like. But having the programme pushes all the artists outside their comfort zones and encourages them to attempt a new subject or medium. Every term the club tries to organise a session with a tutor to keep everyone interested. Many interesting subjects have been done in the last year including silk painting, stone painting, life drawing, various landscapes, interesting still life compositions, collage to name a few.

The Rottingdean Art Club will be exhibiting works by its members at The Grange Gallery, Rottingdean from 7th-19th April, 2016. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. There will be paintings for sale at the exhibition and you could find something beautiful for your home or office there.

If you are an artist or would like to explore your creative side do give the club a call and you could join. Maybe you will be exhibiting with the Rottingdean art Club next year.

Contact: Piyali Mendiratta- Club Secretary at 01273 304622

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West Pier, Brighton. Oil on canvas by Piyali Mendiratta


Spectrum

10th March – 29th March
by Orna Scheerson Pascal & Malka Spigel-Newman


Drawn to Art at the Whiteway Centre

4th Feb-8th March 2016

The Grange Art Gallery hosts the work of students artwork from various art classes which run throughout the year at The Whiteway Centre.

A private view was held on Friday 12th Feb with the RPS chair Chris Davidson and vise chair Valerie Whittle, Rob Upward and new gallery organiser Anne-Sara Odor present.

It marked the 60th and final exhibition co-ordinated and hung by Amanda Davidson who took over from the gallery creator Barry Hinchlift in Oct 2012.

Whiteway Centre Classes represented:
▪Drawing and Painting for Pleasure run by artist Lucy Parker on Mons 2-4pm.
▪Marine and Landscape Watercolour Technique with artist Mick Bensley on Mon/Tues 3-5pm and Tues eve 7.30-9.30pm.
▪Botanical Drawing and Painting with artist Amanda Davidson on Thurs 10-12noon.
▪Life Drawing and Portraits with Amanda Davidson on Thurs 2-4pm.
▪ Drawn to Art a mixed media class with Amanda Davidson on Fri 2-4pm.

Summer Term 25th April-June 3rd.
Bookings contact: rwcinformation@gmail.com
or 07795 483831

Special August workshops :
☆Botanical Drawing on Thurs 11th
☆Mixed Media on Fri 12th
☆Achitectural Drawing on Thurs 25th
☆Life Drawing on Fri 26th
10-4pm £25 each contact Amanda:
amandasdavidson@gmail.com
or 07763 584330


The Magical World of Puppet Theatre

3rd Dec- 10th Jan 2016

The Art Gallery ended it’s successful year of exhibitions with an exciting display of work by some of Brighton’s best young puppeteers.
For the first time ever, live performance mixed with theatrical paintings and hand made puppets to delight both adults and children.

As part of the Xmas Artists Open Houses and sponsored by local PARC charity, visitors could handle puppets and talk to their creators.

Co-ordinated by Amanda Davidson who exhibited her large scale paintings depicting scenes of ballet, circus and theatrical story telling. They became the scene setting for groups characterful theatre displaysed around the room and waiting to come to life!

“The Rottingdean Smugglers Play”, created especially for Smugglers Night on Sat 5th Dec by Philip Sugg and Amanda Davidson with script by Beccy Smith of Touched Theatre and performed raucously by Darren East and Twiddle Crumblepatch to packed audiences. Using cut-out rod puppets on a large scale theatre with numerous scene changes, it told the tale of Capt Dunk the Smuggler trying to avoid the clutches of the revenue men, ran for five 20 mins performanced throughout the weekend.

Also showing were Imogen Di Sapia’s “The Mermaids Tale” and “Baba Yaga & Vasillisa the Brave” stories from her Bright Moon Theatre. Imogen also ran a charming making workshop.

” Where the Wind Goes” was a tale told in cut-out shadow puppet form. Beautifully created and told by Lily Waugh and Toby Aisbitt.

“A Winters Journey” told the story of a friendship between a wolf and a girl in a forest. Puppets created and acted by Eleanor Conlon and Katie Sommers with Lily Waugh as stand in.
Their last show played to a packed audience on xmas eve.

Also on display were Bluebeard and Madame Zaza the fortune teller and The Old Couple Puppets created by Liza Stevens ( who is currently illustrating her first published children’s book).
Exquisite miniature puppet scenes by Melodie Stacey and beautiful articulated mermaids of The Mermaid of Zennor by Jessie Glover Gililian.
Touched Theatre showed their creations made at their new Puppetry School at the Copperdollar workshop space in Kemp Town.
Around the room hung a variety of jump-jack cut-out puppets and an autonomous theatre playing music.

And the staircase window display had the impressive Wild Man of Orford fresh from the Edinburgh Festival by Eleanor Conlon and Katie Sommers.
With the Puppet-Tree created by Sugg and Davidson as part of St Margarets Xmas Tree Festival.

For further information about puppet shows, who exhibited and how to commission work please contact:
amandasdavidson@gmail.com


Drawn to Art at the Whiteway Centre

4th Feb-8th March

An exhibition of art students work from last years and current term classes run by professional artist/tutors at The Rottingdean Whiteway Centre.

10week courses include:

Drawing and Painting with Lucy Parker.
Mon 2-4pm is a structured course that takes you through easy and enjoyable execises in drawing and painting.

Marine and Landscape Watercolour Technique with Mick Bensley.
Mon 3-5pm/Tues 3-5pm+7.30-9.30pm
A demonstration, step-by-step course following Mick’s style of painting including composition and colour mixing.

Botanical Drawing and Painting with Amanda Davidson.
Thurs 10-12
The detailed study of nature from life with emphasis on technique and illustration.

Life Drawing and Portraiture run by Amanda Davidson.
Thurs 2-4pm
Suitable for students and professional artists using Brighton models from Jake Spicers drawing circus. Costumed+nude, short+long poses.
Tutor guided.

Drawn to Art with Amanda Davidson.
Fri 2-4pm
A friendly and informal class. Emphasis on mixed media techniques which will build upon each term to help develop your own style within your own project.

Spring Term runs until March 18th
Summer Term April 25th- July 8th.
All enquiries: rwinformation@gmail.com
tel: 07795 483831


John Spence and Alan Atkinson: an Exhibition at the Grange Gallery Rottingdean.

12th Nov – 1st Dec

An introduction by Philip Sugg

It may seem unusual to have two artists from Nottingham exhibiting at the Grange Gallery in Rottingdean, however Philip Sugg , local artist and puppeteer explains the connection.

“I first met John and Al when I was a student at Nottingham Art College . At a time when the fashion was to produce abstract and multimedia art, both of them were following their own path. John was admired for his huge dark paintings of figures in interiors and landscapes rich in colour and set deep in a patina of varnish . Alan was already a skilled screen printer exploring poetic and mystic cityscapes but with the clarity and precision he had learned as an architects draughtsman.

Against the trend, their heroes were Blake, Samuel Palmer, and the later English tradition of Nash, Piper and Eric Ravillious. Atkinson included Italian trecento and Quattrocento art, theory and architecture in his pantheon. Nottingham was central to their vision and they seemed to me to reflect the place as it was, far better than the bright modernism expected of artists in the late 1960s.

From what was still a smoky, partly 19th century city, escape to the country was part of the experience of living in Nottingham, and from this John and Alan developed their abiding love of folksong, particularly those of the Copper family. I remember a trip with them out to Samuel Palmer country in Shoreham Kent where they sang their repertory of Copper songs by moonlight. It was an unforgettable moment!

By that time, John had already completed a postgraduate course awarded to him by the Slade school in London. Alan was creating exhibitions of his work within mazes, a magical synthesis of his ideas. Both had become much revered teachers within art colleges.

Throughout the years and many exhibitions including London, Nottingham and Southwell, their work has developed but they have remained true to their inspirations.

Musically, Alan has sung regularly as a folk singer and although John became a jazz bass player, he can still remember his part in the songs.

Here we are in Rottingdean, set in the Downs which has been inspiration to their influences both visual and musical, what better place could there be to show the work of these two truly original artists?


The Society of Sussex Painters,Sculptures and Engravers.

10th – 22nd Sept 2015

The society was founded in 1924. Former distinguished members included Dorothy Coke, Charles Knights,Glynn Philpott.

We continue to show a high standard or art in all mediums and are proud to show 2 paintings by our late friend John Amos who safly passed away this year.

Other exhibitors are: Helen and John Armstrong, Peter Amos, Barry Hinchliff, Maggie Cummings, Amanda Davidson, Graham Fletcher, Jan Mnich, Zan Stevenson, Anthony Morgan-Jones, Lucy Parker, David Nichols Julia Elliott, Maureen Black, Karen Munk, Lindy Dunbar, Christine Harfleet.

We are currently looking for more 3D artists.


Society of Sussex Painters, Sculptors and Engravers

10th September – 22nd September

The Society consists of mainly professionally trained artists who are selling their work. We wish to encourage relevant work, which reflects the world we live in, and is innovative and original. We use our exhibitions as a show case for the exchange of ideas and we aim to facilitate the development of new work which can be traditional or contemporary. We welcome new members to apply for selection. All work must be of a high professional standard and integrity. To that end, since the start of the Society in 1924, it has always believed that drawing with competence and understanding should be evident in at least two pieces of finished work out of the six pieces which are brought to the selection meeting by prospective members.

Former members of the Society have included such distinguished artists as Glynn Philpott, George Hooper, Charles Morris, Charles Knights, Dorothy Coke, Luther Roberts, Joseph di Guiseppe and Sam Fenton. Membership of the Society now stands at about thirty and we hold one or two exhibitions in different parts of Sussex each year. Our 90th anniversary exhibition at Worthing was a great success, appreciated by the many visitors, and especially by the Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Vic Walker.

Visit our website www.artweb.com society of sussex painters

Anthony Morgan -Jones – watercolours + oils. : Downs, Coastal, Historic marine scenes Exhibited summer exhibition RA, Royal institute of painters in oils; Mall gallery. ”
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Julia Elliott: I paint a wide variety of subjects from seascapes to children using watercolour, oils and pastels.
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Lucy parker: I have a passion for life drawing and painting as well as being inspired by Venice and Cape Cod landscapes. I love teaching, and enjoy taking people the journey I have been on developing traditional skills in most media. I teach at the Whiteway centre Rottingdean. http://www.lbparker.com/
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Christine Harfleet: My glass sculptures are kiln formed and free standing, wall mounted or hanging pieces. The glass is combined with metals and chemicals and kiln formed. Each piece is abstract and inspired by colour combinations and natural forms, fossils, land and seascapes. Drawing forms a strong foundation for my ideas. www.christine-harfleet.co.uk
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John Armstrong
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Captured

27th August – 8th September

Our exhibition is called ‘Captured’ and celebrates the Fortieth Anniversary of the Club. It’s our first exhibition since 2013, so there are quite a few new pictures to show. These days virtually all our images begin life as digital files, rather than the film and slides of old. They may come from camera or phone – it does not matter. They reflect members’ interests and include landscapes, street scenes, and flora and fauna of various kinds. Plus some ‘different’ stuff which may need some figuring out!

The aim of the Club is to enhance skills and improve the quality of the pictures we take, whilst enjoying a friendly and entertaining atmosphere. Those interested in joining are welcome to attend a couple of no-obligation meetings see if things suit. Our season runs from October to April, meeting on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7.30pm at the Whiteway Centre. Pictures are projected onto our large electric screen, and can thus look amazing.

We hold internal competitions, have ‘battles’ with other clubs, welcome visitors who present their own view of photography, and hold workshops. All is designed to help members improve what they do photographically. From that stems much greater enjoyment of a wonderful hobby.


Mick Bensley Exhibition of Oils, Watercolours & Pastels

13th – 25th August
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“New Traditions” Sussex Arts Collective

9th – 21st June


Inspired by Kipling in India

As part of The Kipling Festival this year in the gallery we celebrate Kiplings link with India. A great part of the exhibition has been the contribution by the children of the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven run by Carol Harvard at Arts Techniques.

Inspired by the Kipling gardens, Carol’s art group explored the theme through textile painting, 3D crafts and painting.

Rikki Tikki Tavi puppet theatre created and performed by Philip Sugg with Amanda Davidson.
Other contributing artists included Corina Stupu Thomas, Jan Mnich, Siobhan Dodds, Nichola Campbel, Judy Mercer and the students of The Whiteway Centre Friday art class. Jewellery by Abbi Perry and Jane.

On display was illustrations by Carol Lawson’s The Jungle Book and Alan Baker’s The Butterfly that Stamped.
Kipling poster designs by Amanda Davidson and poetry contributions by The Rottingdean Writers group.

And with thanks to all those who lent items for display.

Events website: www.kiplingfestivalrottingdean.co.uk

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Raymond Briggs (creator of The Snowman and Fungus the Bogeyman) with fellow illustrator Alan Baker at The Grange Art Gallery visiting the Dorothy Coke and former Brighton Art College graduates show. As one of my old tutors we all remembered him as being shy of self publicity but closing your eyes won’t make the camera disappear Raymond!

– Amanda Davidson

The Dorothy Coke Retrospective.

11th-23rd June 2015

Dorothy Coke (1897-1979) was born in Southend-on-Sea. She studied at the Slade School of Art 1914-18.
In 1940 she was commissioned by the War Artist’s Advisery Committee to record the work of the Women’s Service and drawings in this exhibition relate closely to watercolours of WAAF Instrument Mechanics and Nursing Services held in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.

Dorothy Coke taught at Brighton College of Art from 1939-67 and lived in Eley Crescent, Rottingdean for most of her working life. She made detailed drawings of the demolition of the old College of Art, 1963-66 and these are held in the Aldrich Collection at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton.

As part of this special exhibition i have taken the opportunity to invite and display some works from fellow art colleagues and former tutors and students of Brighton College of Art from the 1970’s onwards.

On display is work by my ex-tutors Carol Lawson and Chris McEwan and amazing illustrators and painters Alan Baker, Paul Stickland, Das Petrou, Paul Collicott, Curtis Tappenden , Chris Hawkins, Mike Bishop, Beryl Prout, Nichola Campbell, Siobhan Dodds, Racheal Brooks Read, Emily Wallis and me, Amanda Davidson.

I wish to thank Neil Jennings and Harry Moore-Gwyn of Jennings Fine Arts, London for the loan of her original drawings and sketchbooks for this exhibition at The Grange Art Gallery.


11th-23rd June 2015

A Private View was held on Sat 13th June at The William Nicholson Art Gallery in The Grange. Attending were the exhibiting artists who were either former Brighton Art College tutors and/or illustrators from the mid 70’s to 80’s. Some of us had not seen each other since then and were all busy catching-up over art careers over a glass or two!

My thanks to all for making it a jolly evening and for submitting their brilliant work. Chris McEwan, Alan Baker, Carol Lawson Paul Stickland, Das Petrou, Beryl Prout, Paul Collicott, Siohban Dodds, Nichola Campbell, Mike Bishop, Curtis Tappenden, Chris Hawkins, Rachael Brooks Read, Emily Wallis and me Amanda Davidson.

Special thanks to Ken Bodfish from the Preservation Society for also attending.

CAROL LAWSON, CHRIS McEWAN & ELIZABETH LAMONT – THREE SUSSEX ARTISTS

May 28th – June 9th


CAROL LAWSON
The limited edition prints from the series of paintings I have done of views of the South Downs, form the basis of the work I am showing at The Grange. Having work in the William Nicholson Gallery, is a thrill. He has always been one of the artists I have most admired. His woodcuts (we have several on the walls at home) and in particular his wonderful landscapes and still life paintings. Nicholson’s famous logo for the William Heineman publishing house, based on the Rottingdean windmill, inspired me to do my painting of the windmill in homage to him.

CHRIS McEWAN
My great-grandparents and grandparents lived in Rottingdean and are buried in the churchyard along with other members the family, so I feel a personal connection to the village. Growing up in Brighton, we would often walk the South Downs Way. Cross-country runs from school would take us past ancient earthworks and standing stones.‘Sacred Sites’ is a series I often return to and I am well aware of the historical and spiritual appeal of this landscape.I live on the pilgrim’s route and the Sussex countryside continues to offer all the colours, all the surprises and all the comforts that mean home to me.

ELIZABETH LAMONT
With a great interest in narrative and book illustration since childhood, I started my publishing career as an Editor at Penguin Books, where I went on to manage programmes of art exhibitions and related events. I then headed a marketing team for artists’ agents Copyrights. My work with artists and illustrators extended my links with the visual arts in a rich variety of forms and informed my developing art practice. In order to progress my own creative work, I changed careers in 2003 and retrained as a teacher. My love of using light and colour to tell stories led me to the medium of stained glass. I now combine working as a stained glass painter with teaching which supports and enriches my art. I find glass the perfect medium to convey atmosphere and to capture ephemeral effects. Combining ancient and modern techniques, my illustrative approach spans stories, memories and real and imagined worlds.

Fusions of Colour

23rd April – 5th May


What appears on a painted canvass, what you speak of, the words you write, the fragrances of the spices that rise from what you cook, are all reflections of a past spent somewhere, sometime, a past spent in a buried context. Colours have differing connotations, red can mimic drama, green a life among pastures, blue and white a life lived near the clouds. Corina produces work based on untold life stories, a fusion of colours with meanings that can only be worked out by looking at them, by thinking about what they are saying.

Their exhibition is a celebration of colour expressed in ways that suit their personalities. Unbeknown to them their paths crossed many mountains away, in different cultures, but many moons later with a similar outcome – their desire to use colour as their artistic signature.

This is what the artists say about their work:

“Orna’s artwork has been exhibited in varies galleries and exhibitions in the UK including London Covent Garden, Mayfair and the Royal Collage Of art.

Orna is based in Brighton and her colourful and uplifting paintings can be found around the city and in Chalk gallery Lewes where she has joined in 2012.

Orna approaches her work with passion and her paintings embody life, energy and optimism.” – Orna http://www.artorna.com

“Having grown up under a harsh communist regime, where there were rules for everything, and everything was grey, art released in me a strong need to break free, to avoid conforming to anyone else’s way of doing things, to brighten my life with vivid colours. I don’t focus on a few themes I just paint what comes into my head. I don’t sketch, I just start with a line or a colour or a shape and let the rest emerge when I begin to see a story. Breaking free is now a journey for me, it is not an end in itself.” – Corina, www.corinastuputhomas.artweb.com

The exhibition starts on April 23rd until May 5th. Private view: Saturday, 25th of April from 2pm-6pm.

Corina will share her passion for intuitive painting through 2 taster demonstrations on Friday, April 24th from 11-1pm and April 30th from 11-1pm.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Grange Gallery in Rottingdean!

FAR AND WIDE

March 26 – April 6


Over the past 20 years, since retirement, I have roamed “far and wide” both in this country, and also in Europe, North America and Australia. Coming away from any country, it is important for me to try and capture the colours, and images of the landscape and its people in paint.

I am almost entirely self-taught, although a recent life-drawing course is encouraging me to build in more people into my landscapes. I have no particular style, I let the landscapes dictate that. I work mainly in acrylics, (the medium seems to suit the relatively quick way I paint) working from sketches and photographs. My aim always is to try and capture the feel and essence of the places I visit.

Whether it works is up to the visitors to The Grange to decide; I just hope plenty of people find time to look in and see the exhibition, and enjoy their visit. I will be there for much of the two weeks, so let me know what you think.

ROB UPWARD


Drawn to Art

Until March 25th.
An exhibition of artwork from some of the artists and students of The Whiteway Centre courses.


Summer Term schedule: April 20th – July 03 2015
Mondays: “Keeping a sketchbook & visual diary” 2-4pm tutor Lucy Parker
Tuesdays: “Marine and landscape painting” 3-5pm tutor Mick Bensley
Thursdays: “Other ways with art and botanical drawing and painting” 10-12. Tutor Amanda Davidson
Life Drawing and Portraits. 2-4pm tutor Amanda Davidson
Fridays: “Painting and draeing for pleasure” 2-4pm tutor Amanda Davidson

Whiteway Centre:
www.rwc.org.uk
enquiries: 07795 483831


Touched Theatre – The Smugglers of Rottingdean


Children’s Workshop!

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Children’s Workshops were held again this year in the museum room for Smugglers Day.

The Brighton based craft team “Will-o-Wisp” once again made Pirate hats and parrots with enthusiastic families. There was face-painting too. It was lovely to see so many children filling the space and enjoying themselves being creative. It has been a long time since the toy museum closed but everyone loves finding time to sit and make something fun.

Thank you to PARC charity for sponsoring thus event.
Amanda Davidson


The Smugglers Booty!

4th December – 12th January

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Rottingdean Artists display their best wares for Smugglers Night and as part of the Brighton Xmas Artists Open Houses.

Marine scenes by the master mariner Mick Bensley.
Colourful coast scenes by Jan Mnich.
Smuggled coins and Jewellery in oils by Vincent Donlin.
Beautiful fused glass jewellery by Christine Harfleet.
Gem stone jewellery by Abbi Perry.
Pen and ink illustrations by Amanda Davidson and puppet theatre collaboration with Philip Sugg.


Rottingdean Smugglers and the Exploding Toy Theatre

by Amanda Davidson, Philip Sugg and Thouched Theatre.
7th December – 21st December

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A puppet theatre play for children based on the real life Rottingdean Smugglers. Dunk, the village butcher by day is chief smuggler by night. Rev Hooker turns a blind eye to his partitioners trying to feed their families while taxes are high and the Prince Regent builds his extravagant Pavillion. What will happen when the revenue man, Digby tries to catch the Rottingdean Smugglers?

Artists Amanda Davidson and Philip Sugg in collaboration with puppeteers Darren East, Twydall Cumblepatch with scipt by Beccy Smith. 6 months in the planning and making ready for Smugglers Day.


Visions from the Edge

6th November – 18th November
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Visions from the Edge is a display of original art work created by local young people from Cultures Club, MIND and CAMHS in partnership with visual theatre company TouchedTheatre from their base on the outskirts of Brighton.

The exhibition showcases the brilliant work created by young people from Cultures Club as part of their Wild Whitehawk Wonderland project which has been collaborating with local artists to explore the natural world of their estate through visual arts and photography. Film from our projects with young people who use MIND and art work by young people who we work with through ArtAid, an arts and mental health project delivered though local Child and Adolescent Mental Health services is also featured. You also have the chance for close encounters with some of the puppets from TouchedTheatre’s own professional nationally touring visual theatre productions.

The exhibition is intended to be an inspiring instruction to some of the ways puppetry, film and visual storytelling can support young people to work creatively with difficult experiences and create exciting results as well as an introduction to some of the amazing worlds of contemporary puppetry, made locally, and we do hope you will be able to come and share the work over the next two weeks.


Halloween is just around the corner!

The Grange has a giant pumpkin for Halloween courtesy of St Margarets School and Graham Sheppard who grew this on their allotment!

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Sense and Serendipity

23rd October – 4th November

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Jill and Gail have exhibited together before (at The Wolf at the Door in Hove). Their work is, at first sight, very different. They do use similar colours – though in different ways. Gail paints vivid, lively outdoor scenes, exploring colour and light in acrylics, watercolours or oils. Jill uses mixed media, often on her own handmade paper, to create glowing versions of things, places and ideas. What they have in common is an openness to the moment. As Jill says; “You start out with an idea, a plan, a scene. But something catches your eye. It starts to rain. You read something. The phone rings. An accident – you spill the water, splash the paint. Somehow, you have to accept it all, take risks, work with it all and make something new and unexpected.”

Both artists believe that if you continue to paint the same things in the same way your work will go stale. And, finally, you must learn to leave well alone when it works. That’s it: enough! But how do you tell? Serendipity indeed….


Tudor Close then and now

2nd October – 21st October
Amanda Davidson

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Like most residents of Rottingdean, I have been fascinated by the ‘look’ of Tudor Close in Dean Court Road.

So when I moved into a flat there in 2010 I was told by a neighbour that I had moved into the butlers quarters.

So not only did Tudor Close look 15th century but it had been a hotel!

As a professional Artist specialising in architectural drawings and paintings, I was aware that the movement to re-create mock-tudor buildings at the back of the Arts and Crafts Movement had been popular after WWl replicating the old craftsmens skills with modern day amenities.

It became a famous hotel to the rich and famous and attracted Hollywood stars such as Bette Davies, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn in the mid 1930’s.

It was used as a film set for “The Adventures of Jane” in late 1940’s and the parlour game “Murder at Tudor Close” became the board game Cluedo.

My exhibition tells the story of how a few old 15th century farm buildings in a private farm track by St Margarets Church became Tudorised into the intreguing buildings we see today.


The End of Summer Art Show

18th September – 7th October

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The Grange Art Gallery is a great venue for group shows. So some of our favourite professional artists are exhibiting.

From Eastbourne to Brighton, our artists have come with influences from all around Europe, the work is as diverse as the artists themselves.

Paintings and photography to fill the gallery with striking techniques honed to perfection from subtle shades and monotones to blazing colour. Like the end of summer, full of surprises!

On display is work by:
Amanda Davidson
Barry Hinchliff
Christine Harfleet
Bob Webzell
Annabel Glauser
Philip Sugg
Margarita Hanlon
Graham Fletcher
Jan Mnich
Vincent Donilin
Maggie Edwards
Julia Elliott
Orna Schneerson Pascal
Corina Stupu Thomas


Coastal Interventions

4th September – 16th September

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George Antoni and Leila Godden are established artists, selling their work locally and internationally.

Both members of Chalk Gallery in Lewes, they have combined forces in this exhibition titled COASTAL INTERVENTIONS, showcasing all new works.

In this collection of evocative paintings, abstract and semi abstract, they explore their relationship with the sea and weather beaten coastline.


A Song of the Rolling Earth

14 August – 2nd September

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A Song of the Rolling Earth is a joint exhibition featuring paintings and drawings by Norwegian artist Karin Hay White and ceramic vessels and sculptures by Italian-Welsh artist Chiara Vagnarelli.

Both artists live in Shoreham-by-Sea and their work is informed by their local coastal environment. Karin’s acrylic paintings and drawings are influenced by architecture and industrial form. Chiara’s stoneware ceramic art is inspired by the curves and lines of natural form and early 20th century architecture.

The exhibition title comes from the song by Walt Whitman, (1819-1892) ‘A Song of the Rolling Earth’ and its first verse captured the creative imagination of both artists.

‘A Song of the Rolling Earth and of words according, were you thinking that those were the words, those upright lines, those curves, angles, dots, …….the substantial words are in the ground and sea, they are in the air, they are in you’.


Marine Seascapes and Landscapes

24th July – 12 August

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Mick was born at Sheringham, on the North Norfolk coast. Growing up by the North Sea, he developed a profound understanding of its many moods and menacing adverse weather conditions which blossomed into the all consuming fascination and desire to paint it. In the late sixties, after reading Cyril Jolly’s book ‘Henry Blogg of Cromer’, Mick produced his first watercolour paintings of maritime rescues. The descriptions of the rescues, impossible feats against overwhelming odds and the courage of the lifeboat men who risked their own lives to save those in peril are what moved Mick to paint this subject.

This exhibition’s primary showcase is the reconstruction of past and present maritime rescues rendered through the use of watercolours or pastels and based on service reports obtained through close contact with the RNLI. In rendering these maritime rescues Mick obtains such necessary details as wind force, wind direction, time of day; all from the service reports in order to get a clear idea of the state of the sea during the event itself, all to make the reconstruction as true to life as possible.

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FrockArt at The Grange

26th June – 8th July

Artists Day

Saturday 28th June at 12 – 2pm

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The six female FrockArt artists have exhibited extensively as a group and individually.Their work is an eclectic mix of paintings, screen prints, prints, photography and textiles. They aim to produce contemporary but accessible art. The artists Marion Bray, Pauline Crook, Pat Gibson, Sylvia Hassell, Hilary Leighton and Moira McNair look forward to welcoming you to this new, exciting exhibition at The Grange.


LANDSCAPES NEAR AND FAR

An exhibition of oil paintings, acrylics and water colour by Rob Upward 12th June – 24th June 20140619_122712_resizedI have been painting all my life, and am largely self-taught.  Since retiring from teaching, I have travelled extensively, both in this country and abroad, and wherever I go, I seek to capture the essence of the locations on paper and canvas. In particular, I am fascinated by the colour tones dominant in each landscape; the reds and browns of Mid West USA’s canyons, for instance, the blues of the Mediterranean, the bleached greens and yellows of the prairies. I also have a thing about reflections in water. This exhibition, of 33 paintings, represent a body of work carried out over the past 7 years; I hope you will come, bring your friends, and enjoy a round-the-world trip through the medium of paint. -Rob Upward


Artist Open House

1st May – 27th May

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Our exhibition begins on our gorgeous red stairway with the William Nicholson display of local views including his painting of The Grange. In the gallery we are displaying an inspiring mix of Art and Craft by 14 artists. Barry Hinchliff, our previous art gallery organiser, is showing his vibrant landscape paintings alongside Julia Elliott’s mixed media pictures! Above our new merchandise shelving area we have delicate collages by Nikki la Brooy. Philip Sugg has created a new proscenium for May to his Smuggler’s puppet theatre. Beautiful decorative glass ware by Kathreen Holman, our Grange poster designer, is complimented by jewelery and colourful silk textiles by designer Denise Hopper and nestling amongst charmingly playful knitted creatures by Naomi Hide-Smith. Vibrantly patterned paintings by Orna Schneerson Pascal sit next to Christine Harfleet’s sun-filled fused glass. Zan Stevenson’s rich landscapes melt into her picture frames with stunning effect. And Jan Mnch’s colourful flower and landscapes pictures are bold and bright. George Antoni presents a new series of his distinctive polished abstract panels which sit fantastically next to Graham Fletcher’s striking oil painted horses and family portrait. Amanda Davidson has an array of architectural pen and inks, rich, ballet themed, textured paintings and illustrated book for youngsters by Professor Cedric Watts. And in the garden, back by popular demand, totem sculptures by Raefel Berrio. We hope that you enjoy our show.


Bright, Light and Colourful

17th April – 29th April

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Karen Butterfill’s exhibition is called “Bright, Light and Colourful”….and it certainly is that! Working mainly in oils, her lively personality shines through in her beautiful, upbeat paintings of walks through the woods, observations of flowers and mushrooms and still lives and works from imagination. Her Red Car painting is evocative of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and makes you want to hop in and drive! Vince Donilini’s recent exhibition was a massive success with the sale of 4 original oil’s including an expressive portrait of, artist, poet, musician Billy Childish. Vince gave a live demonstration of a painting of the village green in our William Nicholson gallery on Saturday 12th April.


Putrefying Fecundity

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3rd April – 15th April 2014 Vincent Donlin is largely self-taught, but was lucky enough to meet and be taught by the late visionary artist Donald Pass at Upbury Manor secondary school he later attended Medway college of Design and completed a foundation course. During the early eighties friend, artist and sculptor Stephen Postgate and Vincent spent time working together in Wales where they painted together sharing ideas, dole cheques, tomato paste flapjacks, beer and canvas. Later in London he and Stephen lived in various squats around Westbourne park, Latimere road and Notting hill gate, they continued painting large scale canvases using paint taken from skips, powder paint mixed with washing up liquid and sized with wallpaper paste on calico miraculously some of this work has survived and is in remarkably good condition. From 1996 till 2008 Vincent painted pictures of religious subject matter. Since then he has painted numerous paintings of Brighton which are usually taken from photographs and painted portraits in various media including work on an iPad. Most of all he prefers “the putrefying fecundity of oil paint“ which brings us to his current exhibition. These are painted on canvas or wood using an acrylic underpainting and building up the picture using linseed oil glazes and finished in oil paint.


Painting and Companionship by the Peacehaven Art Club

The Grange Gallery 20th March – 1st April 2014 ss (2014-03-13 at 03.58.49)The exhibition is entitled ‘Painting and Companionship’ by the Peacehaven Art Club. Nearly all of the thirty-six members are showing at least one piece which will give the exhibition a fantastically varied and colourful array of different subjects to look at. Such mediums to look forward to are oils, watercolour, acrylic, pen and ink, pencil and even wood carving. The Peacehaven Art Club itself is a friendly mixed gender, age and ability group who meet on a Friday morning at the Fellowship Hall, in Mayfield Avenue. The aim of the club is painting, chat and companionship; this concept produces a relaxed atmosphere where advice and instruction is freely given to those who want it and a friendly, objective critique to the excellent work that is produced. The club started in September 1999 when a group of about fifteen like minded people decided at their formal class that they wanted to paint all the year round and not just term times. In the beginning David Cambridge ran the club and organised every aspect of the day to day running. Today the club has expanded to thirty six people and has a team of four who organise the daily running, outings and demonstrations with the support and input of all club members.


Charming Flower Paintings by Betty Dunsmoore and the close of Nicholson’s ‘A Dandy at The Grange’ exhibition

The Grange Gallery 6th March – 18th March 2013

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A Dandy at The Grange” closed this week after a much praised exhibition of paintings and prints by it’s former resident Sir William Nicholson. Nicholson had a long association with Rottingdean. After renting the former home of Edward Burne-Jones to produce a commissioned portrait of Rudyard Kipling, Nicholson fell in love with this village and promptly bought the old vicerage and re-named it The Grange. Making it his summer residence with his artist wife Prydie and four young children (who included his son Ben Nicholson whose career as a modernist painter somewhat over-shadowed that of his father in the 1930/40’s). William, a society portrait painter soon made his name as an innovative woodcut graphic artist. This exhibition showed just some samples of his local paintings and prints that made him famous. Also including a 20 minute film show of some of his lifetimes work and also three highly informative visual Sunday talks by enthusiast Robert Cross with over 70 people attending. With thanks to Peter Merry for loaning many wonderful original early woodcuts and reliving his former exhibition in 1995. You may be pleased to know that there is now a permanent display of William Nicholson’s work, including two splendid photographed portraits of him, in the lobby area outside the gallery itself.


December 2013 at The Grange Art Gallery

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December at The Grange Art Gallery was a full of colour and inspiration for all the family to enjoy. It included a magnificient dolls house created from scratch by Doreen Savage. Wonderful paintings by Corina Stupu Thomas and Orna Schneerson Pascal. Puppets and theatres to entertain by Philip Sugg. And ballet paintings by me, Amanda Davidson. Our steward Annieta enjoyed a little dance with dance choreographer Mim King!


The sky, the earth, the roots, the soul by Adele Gibson and Ruthien

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The Grange Gallery 7th November – 3rd December 2013 A joint exhibition by two Lewes based artists inspired by the landscape of the South Downs National Park. Adele Gibson works in oils, Ruthien with a camera. Adele has always painted and drawn for pleasure but began to devote more time to her painting when she gave up her business career to bring up her children. Adele’s work is rooted in her experiences of the local landscape. Her paintings usually start with drawings, acrylic studies or photographs but as she becomes immersed in the painting process, the work starts to take on a life of its own. Sometimes what emerges seems far removed from the original concept instead being closer to a deeper visual memory. After studying in Brighton, Ruthien has been a professional photographer for the past eight years. She creates textured collages of light and drama incorporating photography, silkscreen techniques, painting and cutting edge digital imagery. Ruthien works both in digital and analog, mixing the contemporary with the traditional, the unorthodox with the conventional. The landscape studies presented in this exhibition form part of a portfolio that also includes black and white photography, child and teenage portraits, wildlife surrealism and folklore inspired image and text fantasy stories. Ruthien’s inspirations include Gustav Klimt, Michael Porter, the buildings of Zaha Hadid, the films of John Ford, the poetry of Robert Frost, and the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Kate Bush. And the energy and drive of Carrie Mathison.


ART Flow Group

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The Grange Gallery 10th October – 5th November 2013 The “ARTflow” group of semi professional artists will transform THE GRANGE GALLERY with a showcase of their latest artworks including painting/mixed media and ceramics. While the practices of these artists vary greatly they are united by their love and passion for expressing emotion through art. This is what some of the artists say about their work: “Having grown up under a harsh communist regime, where there were rules for everything, and everything was grey, art released in me a strong need to break free, to avoid conforming to anyone else’s way of doing things, to brighten my life with vivid colors. I don’t focus on a few themes I just paint what comes into my head. I don’t sketch, I just start with a line or a color or a shape and let the rest emerge when I begin to see a story. Breaking free is now a journey for me, it is not an end in itself.” – Corina Stupu Thomas “My work is always a surprise to me, as from start to finish the painting changes all the time but that is the fun of painting and making my journey” – Jill Emslie “My major focus is the human figure in motion. Inspiration comes principally from contemporary dance and the world of athletics, gymnastics and sport. I work in gouache and pastel on paper and acrylic and pastel on canvas.” – Ben Ecclestone


Achille Salerno presents Still Life

GetInlinelThe Grange Gallery 26th September – 8th October 2013 Achille Salerno presents his Still Life Paintings. They are portraits of fruit painted with a specially refined watercolour technique. They are not simply still life paintings but also metaphysical tales telling the existence of the real objects in their beauty and their form, their experience lived and written in the wounds on their skins, in the mutation of their colours, in the relaxation of their pulp. In some of these watercolours the fruit lingers in other spaces telling a more complex tale of numbers and physical concepts impregnated with the universe, symbols, chromatic abstractions, and fertile seeds of thought. The fruits are laid on a white space where the only testimonial of their existence is their shadow recalling Dante’s Inferno where the souls of the dead recognised Dante’s living soul through his own shadow.


The Camera Club presents Captured!

12th September – 24th September 2013

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Our exhibition images, taken in a number of different countries, encompass a wide range of subject matter. From local seascapes to creatures from the Galapagos Islands. There are snowy scenes that will bring back memories of a harsh winter, plus traditional bird and flower representations. Additionally there are individual portraits designed to bring out character, rather than just features. A number of images are what might be described as a bit more challenging; we hope these will cause the exhibition visitor to pause and think. After all, life is not all sunshine. All in all, there is an eclectic range of images, with something for everyone. Our workshop evenings entail visiting presenters and local competitions, which we encourage members of all levels to join in. Visitors to the Club are invited to attend a couple of meetings entirely free of charge and without obligation, so they can see what we get up to before deciding. Information on joining can be gleaned from our website listed below. Website rottcc.co.uk

Mick Bensley presents An Exhibition of Watercolours & Pastels

African Dream – Inspiring Words & Images from the Luminous Continent

Artist John Avis

2014 calendar

FebruaryWilliam Nicholson - Retrospective In Photos and Lectures
6th March - 18th MarchBetty Dunsmoore - Floral Paintings
20th March - 1st April Tricia Brennan - Painting and Companionship at Peacehaven Art Club
3rd April -15th AprilVincent Donlini - Putrefying Fecundity recent paintings, drawings and collages
17th April - 29th AprilKaren Butterfill - Bright, Lively and Sensible
1st May - 27th MayAmanda - Artist Open House Mosaics
28th May - 10th JuneSarah Hill
12th June - 24th JuneRob Upward - Landscapes Near and Far
26th June - 8th JulyPauline Crook - Frock Art
10th July - 22nd JulyGroup Exhibition - Inspired by Kipling
24th July - 12th AugustMick Bensley - Marine Seascapes and Landscapes
14th August - 2nd SeptemberChiara Vagnarelli + Karen Hay White - A Song for the Rolling Earth
4th September - 16th SeptemberGeorge Antoni + Leila Godden - Coastal Interventions
18th September - 30th SeptemberMixed group co-ordinated by Amanda Davidson - The End Of Summer Art Show
2nd October - 21st OctoberAmanda Davidson - Tudor Close, then and now
23rd October - 4th NovemberGail Gibson Tait + Jill Tattersall - Sense and Serendipity
6th November - 18th NovemberDarren East + students - Visions from the Edge - youth arts, puppetry and film
20th November - 2nd DecemberTom Cotcher - ArtEscape
4th December - 21st DecemberAmanda - Smugglers and Festive Fun