Here you will find links to the pages for the exhibitions held in the Grange Gallery earlier this year.
Rottingdean Camera Club: “In Focus.” 24 August – 5 September.
Members’ photographs reflect their interests, including landscape, fauna, street and abstract. “The club is in its’ 42nd year. We are a small and friendly club,” says Alan Smallman “We hold competitions and have guest speakers to talk on various photographic subjects.”
Julian Hayward: A Shifting Focus
August 10th – 22nd.
Julian Hayward trained as a designer, and throughout his life he enjoyed drawing. He was a lecturer at Brighton Polytechnic (now Brighton University) for 25 years, teaching Interior Design in the Department of Architecture.As he approached retirement he took a certificate course in print-making, a medium with which he felt a great affinity. In retirement he expanded his practice to include painting. His greatest enthusiasm in life was reserved for the environment, especially the Arctic and Antarctic environment, along with astronomy and music, interests reflected in his work. In May 2016 he booked the Gallery at the Grange for this exhibition, but died after a short illness in June 2016. The exhibition is intended by his family as a tribute to him.
SUMMER AT THE GRANGE ART GALLERY
After the Artist’s Open House in May, the Grange Gallery continued with a refreshing and stimulating variety of exhibitions for June and July.
1 – 20 June. RETHREADED is a group of eight textile artists who have all stitched from an early age. “We’ve been together as a group since we completed a three year Experimental Textiles adult Education course”
13 – 18 July. THE LITTLE PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHS is a child-friendly exhibition by Paul Rowland of toy people photographed in unusual places.
20 July – 8 August. Mick Bensley, marine artist, will be showing new works. He divides his time between painting, teaching. “I continue to paint a range of subjects including portraits of people, their pets, landscapes, seascapes.”
HORIZONS – LAND • SEA • SPACE
Works by Carol Lawson, Nichola Campbell & Chris McEwan
Including Chris McEwan’s amazing robot and space toy collection
CAROL LAWSON – Carol’s series of pastel paintings was inspired by the ever-changing patterns and colours of the South Downs. The landscapes transformed by the passing seasons and the weather.
NICHOLA CAMPBELL – Nichola’s new work is inspired by the sea, the rock pools and creatures of the seashore. Working experimentally with inks on wood blocks to capture the textures and brilliant colours of the undersea world.
CHRIS McEWAN – Chris’s work is inspired by his love of machines and mechanical devices and his own collection of space toys. Most people assume they know about robots, having relegated them to the status of children’s toys. However, faced with a collection of several hundred such toys, they experience a child-like sense of wonder at their originality and design.
ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSE AT THE GRANGE ART GALLERY 4 – 30 MAY
Proving that the Brighton Festival isn’t confined to the city of Brighton, The Grange Art Gallery once again has an Artists’ Open House exhibition throughout May.
It covers an intriguing multi-art genre: watercolours, acrylics, oils, collage, photography, woodwork, pottery…and much more. A remarkable group of fifteen local artists are participating: Mike Hatchard, Maggie Cummings, Paul Rowlands, Susie Patterson, Amanda Davidson, Bob Webzell, Nichola Campbell, Jan Mnich, Sara Hill, Rob Upward, JCJ Pottery, John Plater, Mick Bensley, and Barry Hinchliff.
And against this background( perhaps before or after you’ve relaxed in the lovely Lutyens/Jekyll tea garden), the Gallery bolsters the exhibition with a wide- range of events and talks for all ages:
6 May. 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. “Art should be accessible and shouldn’t be daunting to children” says Rob Upward, who will give a talk to primary aged children entitled “Picture This. What is Art?” This will be an informal talk in Rottingdean Library, followed by a tour of the AOH exhibition in the Grange Gallery.
Rob was a headmaster, who found more time to concentrate on painting once he retired.
10 May. 6.30 p.m. Bob Webzell, who has competed internationally with his photography since 2000, helped form a charity and build the Noonkodin Secondary School for the Maasai people in Tanzania. All the proceeds of Bob’s photography go to the Maasai school, and this talk will reflect his latest visit to the school and the one- man exhibition he produced here at the Grange.
17 May. 6.30 p.m. An Artist’s Lecture by John Plater, woodturner. Most of John’s work is based on natural edged hollowed from timber ‘in the round. Simple shapes without decoration, colour or texture are used to allow the subtleties of grain to come through.
24 May. 6.30 p.m. Jazz Piano Artist’s Concert with Mike Hatchard, entitled The Music of an Artist.
27 May. 11.00 to 3.00p.m. Photography Workshop for Children. Three workshops. Paul Rowland, photographer – toy macros photography.
Meanwhile, over at Rottingdean Windmill, Baron Gilvan is Artist in Residence for “Snowball Down A Mountain”. On May 6/7: 13/14:20/21: 27/28 between 1.00 to 4.30 p.m. he will set up his studio in the windmill to create what he describes as paintings, drawing and animations investigating psychological dreamworlds through automatism and intuition. “Art is born of trauma,” says Gilvan, whose work references his own life experiences which have made him question the relationship with reality and illusion. The windmill will become “a fantastical playground studio where the Baron feverishly converts line and paint into food for the soul.”
April 21st-May 2nd
Past and Present Exhibition :
Guest Artists: Dawn Finn and Janette Gibson
I met Dawn and Janette at a studio in Kentish Town where our mutual love of printmaking has led to this exhibition.
Having retired after teaching art for many years I have been able to spend more time enjoying what I do. Basically going wherever I want and working on any art projects that interest me.
The title of this exhibition refers in part, to my fascination with old photographs and a body of my work reflects on my own personal family history.
The present is represented by a variety of subject matter including the lighthouse series made following a trip around the British Isles; landscape and still life. All explore various printmaking techniques including etching, aquatint, lino and photo-etching. All etchings and prints are produced by hand and as a limited edition.
The collection of plant portraits created for ‘Past and Present’ at The Grange Gallery have been inspired by herbarium collections of botanical specimens. The prints combine intaglio, photo etch and nature printing. The ‘Indigo Herbarium’ print series has evolved from my collection of Japanese folk textiles combined with indigenous plants of Japan, using a palette of indigo and white. I am interested in the many varied uses of plants and I am currently working on a series of prints based upon traditional dye yielding plants from seed to print.
My recent work of the last year captures the held memories of colour, form and movement experienced in my youth whilst driving the western coastal road of the USA from Vancouver through Mendocino County to LA. Unknown to me at the time I had no idea how much the “bay area’ abstract expressionist would play such an influential and significant part in my later work. The use of applied colour eluding to shape and emotion both reflect and support an experimental and playful use of a colour palette emerging in my monotype prints.
Mar 13th – Apr 18th
‘Beyond the Glade’
Seven Sisters: Paintings and Demonstrations
Painter and Jazz Pianist
Feb 23rd – Mar 7th
Rottingdean Art Club
Local Rottingdean Art group who meet to paint together once a week