Brighton Art Exhibitions – Our Top Five for August 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 August 2015.
Carnival of Diversity – Brush
As part of the third Brighton Pride Arts & Film Festival, this group-show will feature the work of several great artists within the LGBTQ arts community.
This includes international selling collage artist Maria Rivans who is flying high following her recent solo show at Saatchi Gallery, Aid’s Memorial sculptor Romany Mark Bruce, HIV activist Mandy Webb, Trans* spokesperson and artist Fox Fisher and illustrator Will Blood.
Date/Time: 31 July – 14 August | Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Brighton Museum
There’s only a few more weeks left to see this wonderful exhibition, so if you haven’t already, make sure you do.
Loaned from the Natural History Museum, this exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring images capturing fascinating animal behaviour and breath-taking wild landscapes.
Also on display are intriguing items from the Royal Pavilion & Museum’s outstanding natural history collections. See all kinds of wonderful creatures up close including a gorilla, a pangolin and a giant anteater.
Date/Time: 2nd May – 6th September | Tues – Sun 10am-5pm
Admission: Admission £3, (Members & children go free)
Lost & Found – ONCA
Lost & Found is a powerful and challenging multi-media installation of visual arts created to present evidence of the links between consumer culture and the decline of the natural world. It focuses on over production and over consumption, particularly of food, and the impact this is having on the British countryside.
Pale Blue Dot launched Lost & Found in May 2014, an interdisciplinary research project, in collaboration with Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Prof. Dave Goulson from the University of Sussex. Pale Blue Dot are now bringing Lost & Found to Brighton to collaborate with Onca and to develop new work, with Dave Goulson and members of his team, referencing farming and food production in rural Sussex and the surrounding area.
Date/Time: 13th August – 23rd September | Weds–Fri 12–7pm/Sat–Sun: 11–6pm
Ryan Callanan solo show ‘Life’s a Gamble’ – Ink_d Gallery
Already a prominent artist on the Street Art scene, in recent years Ryan Callanan has moved towards a new practice, drawing upon his in-depth knowledge of materials and craftsmanship acquired through his training in industrial model making and 3-D design.
Ryan draws inspiration from contemporary pop culture, including film, music and art history in work that is often refreshingly comic and accessible. He’s created pub sign pieces quoting lines from Fatboy Slim and Cyprus Hill tracks and uses symbols and motifs synonymous with the 90s in his work.
This exhibition comes off the back of Ryan’s West Coast USA show, which featured brand new work, previously unseen and unavailable in the UK. Expect new lyric based pieces and new sculptural pieces such as Buddha Smalls (that’s rapper Biggie Smalls as Buddha in case you were wondering!).
Date/Time: 8th August – 6th September | Mon-Sat 10am-6pm/Sun 12-4pm
Fragility – Fabrica
Fragility is a new site-specific work commissioned by Fabrica from Macedonian born and now Brighton resident, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.
Using caul fat, a membrane that holds together an animals vital organs and a waste product of the pork industry, the artist creates veils that look almost like lace. Following a lengthy chemical process akin to embalming the material is bleached and preserved. The veils fill the central atrium of Fabrica, rising from floor to ceiling and diffusing the light within the building, formerly a church.
In seeing the work viewers will understand its contractions. Essentially the artist has taken something quite grim and turned it into something beautiful, albeit through a process not for the feint hearted. The use of light and associations with death also play to the suggestion of a dimension beyond the physical.
Date/Time: 8th July – 23rd August | Wed/Fri/Sat 12–5pm /Thurs 12–7pm/Sun 2-5pm