Brighton Art Exhibitions – Our Top 5 for July 2015
Brighton is fit to burst with amazing art galleries and with so many exhibitions going on every month it can be hard to know which to visit. One of the City’s most eclectic galleries, Ink_d Gallery, gives us a monthly guide to their top 5 exhibitions to help you choose. Here are their top 5 Brighton art exhibitions for July 2015.
Matt Smith solo show ‘Trouble with History’ – Ink_d Gallery
Brighton artist Matt Smith will present a brand new body of work during his solo show at Ink_d in July. Four and a half years in the making, ‘Trouble with History’ will feature a selection of tapestry artworks, which explore issues of identity and queerness. In creating these pieces, Matt sourced vintage tapestries to unpick, re-work and subvert. The result is an intriguing collection of textile-based art, which redirect the viewer’s attention away from the central figures or intended focal points of the original works, while challenging perception and orientation. Matt is best known for his intriguing ceramic assemblages, using a slip casting technique to merge items old and new, some of which will be included as part of the show.
Date/Time: 4 July-2 August | Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Sundays 12-4pm
Masters Fine Art Show 2015 – University of Brighton
With 24 artists from the UK and across the world exhibiting, this year’s show is as diverse as they come, having something to suit all tastes and plenty to challenge ideas. Works include paintings which look at the importance of memory and nostalgia, loss and longing, and powerful ideas about the female cycle; sculpture that challenges the role of the museum and the curating of found objects; filmic explorations into the sublime; and the use of silk worms as metaphor. Scheduled performances include a Radical Gallery Tour; feminist LOLs and womanly adventures; and spectacular installations using light, sound and movement.
Date/Time: 4-13 July | Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
‘Tidal Rhythm’ an exhibition by Trevor Scobie – Naked Eye Gallery
Brighton born artist Trevor Scobie is showing his latest offering of hyper-real paintings, a body of work titles ‘Tidal Rhythm’. Each piece falls within the coastal theme, highlighting how a lifetime near the sea has influenced the artist’s work. The intricate detail in these paintings will have the viewer struggling to believe they’re not photos. What’s more impressive is Trevor has spent his career as a professional illustrator, designing and painting book covers, before moving into branding and graphic design. He’s only recently begun pursuing his passion for painting marine landscapes across the Sussex Coast.
Date/Time: 2-31 July | Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sundays 12-4pm. Closed Tuesdays.
This exhibition will showcase Lilia Yip’s unusual textile pieces, with artwork made in collaboration with photographer Nicol Vizioli and filmmaker Jessica Kneipp. Lilia Yip’s ‘Squidcut’ collection investigates her fascination with squid and synthetic biology – a new area of science that deals with the reconstruction of nature. Using the lab coat as a starting point for both artwork and pattern cutting, the garment is abstracted into various cuts as it fuses with circular squid shapes. Digital imagery has been created using microscopic photos provided by synthetic biologist Matthew Jones who researched the squid’s iridescent colour changing properties.
Date/Time: 24 July-2 August (closed Monday and Tuesday)
Textual Fashion Conference – Sallis Benney
This three-day event will foreground international cutting-edge research in what Roland Barthes terms ‘l’écriture’, that is the ways that fashion and dress are mediated and translated into word and image in literature, journalism, memoirs and correspondence, photography, illustration, film, television, advertising, music video, and online through websites and blogs. The research is based on the idea that verbal and visual representations of fashion and clothing have a key role in understanding issues such as period style, taste and human identity.
Date/Time: 8-10 July | 9.30am-5.30pm
Admission: £40 day ticket | £100 event pass