Tide Sculptures

These mass-produced utilitarian timber groynes on the beach at Worthing were constructed to defend the coast from the forces of the sea. It takes about 20 years of erosion by weather and water for the timber to be transformed into a variety of beautiful sculptural forms. Sadly, the weathering doesn't stop, and sooner or later,... Continue Reading →

Local Colour

This season’s south coast artfest is well under way: in May, Brighton & Hove Open Houses gave us the fab and funky experience we’ve come to expect; and Worthing will be consolidating its artistic renaissance with Artists Open Houses from mid-June to early July. What of Adur Art Trail? It’s the jewel in the crown,... Continue Reading →

A Quest for Identity

I didn’t know anything about Victor Pasmore before I went to the exhibition of his work currently on at Pallant House Gallery, although I was familiar with one of his paintings without knowing it was by him. During years of drooling over pictures in art books and magazines, I must have seen reproductions of his... Continue Reading →

Material Matters

I met Shoreham-based sculptor Neil Wilkinson at this month's Creative Buzz at West Street Loft. He’s a member of the Adur Art Collective, and has exhibited across East and West Sussex. 2016 has been a busy year for him, with shows at Brighton Open Houses, the Adur Art Trail and the Arundel Gallery Trail. We... Continue Reading →

Quality Crafts

The first things that caught my eye at this exhibition at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery were some large and dramatic wood cuts of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and a scene from the Trooping the Colour by Jackie Field. At the other end of the gallery, I was drawn to a series of small-scale... Continue Reading →

From Elegance to Urban Decay

I managed to catch the final weekend of this year's Open Houses event. With 14 different trails showing work by over a thousand artists across Brighton, Hove, Ditchling, Rottingdean and Newhaven, I needed to decide which area to visit, and how far my feet would be able to carry me. I chose the Brunswick Town... Continue Reading →

Body Parts

An amazing variety of objects taken from the weird and wonderful collection of Sir Henry Wellcome, pharmacist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector, was brought together for this exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. The exhibits were fascinating or entertaining or both. My favourites were the winged phalluses, false eyeballs, a wooden leg, a metal nose and a... Continue Reading →

Books About Town

I did the City Trail last Saturday with my literary friend Lucinda. We met at St Paul's tube station and set off to find the first bench on the trail, which was Bridget Jones's Diary in Paternoster Square. We were pretty underwhelmed by the bench and couldn't work out why Ms Jones should be in... Continue Reading →

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