On Sat 3 – Sun 11 Dec, Conclave Brighton are hosting a special exhibition and nine days of creative events, all celebrating the archetypal symbol of urban street and youth culture: the skateboard.
At the centre of this non-Christmassy Christmas show is an art exhibition featuring 20 artists showing their original artworks created on the humble skateboard deck. This is no ordinary show of art on decks – the gallery has thrown aside all the normal rules for decks being customised with urban street art, and opened up the platform to all our artists, so you’ll be seeing all sorts of styles, from painting and drawing to screen-printing, carving, 3D modelling and collage.
Alongside the exhibition, Conclave are hosting events and community collaborations, including a number of hands-on events hosted by local artists where everyone can get stuck in (without the risk of a broken ankle!). There’ll be kids’ workshops hosted by award-winning Inclusive Arts Practitioner, Sarah Gillings (aka S.O.S Street Art) and adult’s evening sessions, where you can get creative in a fun supportive environment.
Conclave Brighton are working with the teachers and young people at PACA (Portslade Aldridge Community Academy) on their project ‘Board with Art’, which has seen 20 students working to create artworks which will be exhibited at their school, with a winner specially selected by Conclave to exhibit in the gallery exhibition.
The gallery, at 9 Queens Road, Brighton, is an independent, affordable contemporary art and creative event space which strives to create an inclusive environment. Unlike many other galleries, they aim to break down the social and financial barriers to getting involved in art. The ethos is to make real people feel welcome in the gallery space – traditionally an environment where many believe they don’t belong.
This is achieved primarily through an affordability strategy: in the main gallery, 95% of prices are under £95. Customer service is friendly, personal, and the opposite of the exclusive gatekeeping which is associated with many galleries. The intent is to create something which feels more like a pop-up, or fair, only they’re by Brighton’s Clocktower six days a week throughout the year.
Conclave is also accessible to artists. For each group show, they host an open call where artists can apply to take part. Unlike many other galleries, artists aren’t charged to apply, or exhibit, and artworks are selected on their own merit. To date, there’s been 19 group show exhibitions in the main gallery space, featuring 137 artists, many of whom were given their first gallery opportunity at Conclave.