18 Jun Back to the blog…
Having started to blog so enthusiastically I am now ashamed to admit that its been MONTHS since I last wrote anything…..Christmas, the Brighton Festival and more importantly several fabulous exhibitions have gone by without a peep on the blog (I have managed to stay up to date on FB and Twitter but this social media lark is practically a full time job. Don’t even get me started on Instagram – I’ll get there but its taking time!!). So what have we been up to?
Well, we had a great group show at Christmas showcasing the work of three hugely talented local artists – Monica MacDonald Ralph, Kate Osborne and John Whiting.
This was followed in the New Year by with a solo show by Colin Ruffell . Colin’s vibrant works lit up the gallery making January and February feel just a little less grey……..
March brought with it our first international show with sculptors Johanna Haivaoja and Francois Blossville travelling from France to fill the galley with their beautifully expressive abstract works.
It was always part of our remit to work with students and when we saw a gap in our programme in April we offered the space to Chelsea School of Arts student Lauren Pennycott. Lauren put together a truly professional exhibition showcasing her highly individual work – we’ll be watching closely to see how this promising young artist develops….
Suddenly May was upon us and with it all the excitement of the Brighton Festival. As well as John Whiting’s hugely evocative show Two Cities, we played host to the comic genius of Felstead and Waddell with their 100 word stories. Much hilarity ensued……
And now we are enjoying the delightful work of sculptor Pam Taylor ARBS (1929 – 2014). While Pam’s name might not be immediately recognisable, anyone who has visited Shakespeare’s Globe, Tobacco Dock or Plymouth Hoe (to name but a few locations) will be familiar with her work. Pam began her studies at the Sir John Cass School in the late 1940’s but it was in the 1970’s that her talent for portrait sculpture really emerged. The exquisite 20’s girl (see below) marked the beginning of a period of prolific work with both private and public commissions keeping Pam extremely busy until she reluctantly retired from sculpture in her eightieth year. We feel truly privileged to have been asked to stage this very special retrospective which runs until July 18th.
So what next? Well we’re going to take a break for a few weeks – essential maintenance, a little bit of R&R and some time to plan for next year (our programme of exhibitions is filling up fast!) all required. We’ll be opening again on September 12th with an exhibition of photographs by Mark Nelson, entitled American Stories. Mark is the founder of the First Light Gallery which had its home in Brighton’s Nile Street for over 30 years. Last year he curated and exhibited in First Light:Still, an exhibition showcasing the work of photographers whose work had been featured in his gallery over the years including iconic images by Picture Post photographers Thurston Hopkins and Grace Robertson. We are delighted to host a one man show of his work – sneak previews of some of the images suggest that this is going to be really special so watch this space……..