ARTIST ROOMS GILBERT & GEORGE HEADS TO BRIGHTON
SAT 28 APRIL – SUN 2 SEPT
Gilbert & George are a Turner Prize-winning artist partnership, who’ve worked together for fifty years. Now Brighton Museum hosts an exhibition of their playful designs. Drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, it explores a varying range of themes of humanity, contemporary society, sex, faith and identity. The exhibition will include a collection of works of explicit nature from male nudity, sexuality and bodily functions, as this artistic partnership aims to portray the truth behind the vision of life
The ARTIST ROOMS touring collection has gathered over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. Its programme seeks to give young individuals the chance to get involved in creative projects, discovering more about art and hopefully learn new skills.
ALIENS, ZOMBIES AND MONSTERS! THE WEIRD WORLD OF AARON BLECHA UNTIL TUES 4 SEPT
Popular children’s writer and illustrator, Aaron Blecha will reveal the tricks of his trade in a new, interactive display at Hove Museum. The Hove-based creator of aliens, zombies and monsters, best- known for books like Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! and the Shark School series, will give visitors a unique peek into the process behind his work – starting from initial ideas and doodles to creating characters and finished books. An entire gallery will be filled with vibrant life-sized aliens, zombies and monsters, all ready to mingle with children of all ages.
American-born Blecha, a long-time supporter of Hove Museum, will share diverse insights into the way he works across two of the museum’s galleries. “My family are regular visitors to Hove Museum, so I’m thrilled to be unleashing my alien, zombie and monster creations into its galleries,” said Blecha. “I’m also looking forward to sharing my behind the scenes process of designing funny characters and illustrating children’s books.” From his personal sketchbooks and finalised drawings to interactive sessions and workshops with a reconstruction of his studio, the exhibition has a strong emphasis on interactivity and fun. A range of props, including cut-out figures and interactive landscapes, will encourage visitors of all ages to engage with these characters and stories, and hands-on drawing activities will enable them to try their hand themselves.
LOCAL ARTIST CREATES SPECIAL PRINT IN AID OF BRIGHTON WOMEN’S CENTRE
Brighton-based designer Kalee Jones has created a print to raise funds for Brighton Women’s Centre, as well as celebrate International Women’s Day this month.
Progress comes in many forms; personal development, societal change, political advancement. Progress can be slow, arduous and frustrating. It can happen in small incremental ways, like growing your business or learning another language. Progress can also be huge and unmissable, like some women in the UK being granted the vote in 1918, or women in Saudia Arabia finally being granted the vote almost 100 years later.
Sometimes in life we look ahead and see an impossible future with so far still to go. We can feel like giving up because our goals feel unachievable. In these times, it’s important to glance backwards and acknowledge how far we have come, recognise that change is possible, and remember we must continue to Pursue Progress.
These A4 prints are now available to order online from www. kaleejones.co.uk. They are priced at £15, with £5 from each purchase will be donated to the Brighton Women’s Centre.