The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Sussex Edition

Category: Art

Yarn bombing on Hastings Pier

26 Mar 2017

If you live around Hastings, or are heading there over Easter, be sure to catch the yarn bombing fun on the pier.

Schools, community groups, clever knitters and artists have produced a brilliant temporary exhibition of seaside-themed art with pirates, mermaids, gulls, crabs, even fish and chips rendered in wool.

It’s up until just after Easter but it’s bound to look better the earlier you go, before it gets too rained on.

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Eastbourne’s new art cafe

14 Mar 2017

When I heard something arty was poised to shake up Eastbourne I had to go and check it out.

The new DC1 gallery and cafe at 67-69 Seaside Road has been opened by the Devonshire Collective, which also has new artists’ workshops in the town. (The name Devonshire comes from the Devonshire Ward in which it’s based). The cafe/gallery a smart modern space with exposed brick and sci fi looking air con units and it will be displaying a rolling programme of exhibitions.

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Book this: Festival No 6 at Tate

21 Feb 2017

Fancy zipping up to London for a little cultural soiree do we? If so, here’s an idea from Catherine, the switched on editor of the brand new Muddy Warwickshire. North Wales’ fab award-winning Festival No 6 at TATE is going south-side for an afterhours collaboration with TATE Britain at the David Hockney Retrospective (the gallery’s fastest selling exhibition ever FYI). Here’s what you need to know….

You’ll need to act quick if you’d like to partake in a one-off evening of art, musical collaborations, poetry, food and drink organised by Festival No 6 at TATE  during the David Hockney retrospective, as tickets are limited.

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 17 – 23 Feb

14 Feb 2017

Art, eats, beats and other treats and some fun things to book ahead in this week’s Muddy Guide. There’s theatre, exhibitions, a quiz night, dragon dancing and a chance to eat four puddings in one sitting! Don’t forget there are more family-friendly ideas – over 25 in fact – in my Half Term Guide.

Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Sat 18 Feb – 4 Jun

This is a major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art who experimented with a wide range of materials.

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See Sir Elton’s jaw-dropping photo collection

16 Jan 2017

Sir Elton John is not known for his understated taste. Remember how he arrived at his 50th birthday in a van to accommodate a giant wig topped with a galleon and his 15-foot feather train?

You might then expect his art collection to be a little on the garish side but err no – not when it comes to photography at any rate. I’ve just been to see The Radical Eye at the Tate Modern (on till early May), which is comprised entirely of his personal collection of Modernist early 20th century photography and all I can say is ‘wow!’ Beauty, elegance, subtlety, and all in black and white.

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Funky new Brighton cafe

1 Jan 2017

I’m not saying I’m a jinx but my two favourite Brighton & Hove cafes have closed in the last year. Farm just down from Wagamama did the BEST carrot cake (and believe me I’ve done extensive research) while little Pic-nics up an alley off the Hove seafront was my go-to place for a big breakfast with fluffy scrambled eggs and delish seasoned mushrooms – OK that one’s just changed – now the Hove Beach Cafe, but has lost something of its cute beach hut style.

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Help Haiti – buy Haitian art

25 Oct 2016

Some countries seem to suffer more than their fair share of problems and Haiti is one of them. Six years on from its earthquake it was recently hit by Hurricane Matthew which damaged infrastructure and left hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.

The images on the news have extra resonance for me because I visited Haiti two years ago to report on how it was getting its fledgling tourism industry off the ground.

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Great art in the great outdoors – Cass Sculpture

13 Oct 2016

Forget browsing quietly in a gallery, shuffling with the crowds or praying your kids will last five minutes before loud declarations of boredom. Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood, near Chichester takes the whole thing outdoors, putting the discovery back into art and giving you and yours room to roam.

I’d been meaning to get to this world-class site for a while and it didn’t disappoint. Some of the works are on a large scale, some interact with their environment, taking on moss or refracting light.

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Follow the sculpture trail at Borde Hill

30 Jun 2016

Love art but don’t fancy being stuck inside a gallery on a sunny day? Well when the weather picks up again (surely it will pick up…) get yourself over to Borde Hill Gardens.

I’d heard about the annual sculpture trail there but I had no idea of the scale of it until I visited recently. There are actually 70 pieces of art dotted all around, waiting to be discovered, on lawns, in shady nooks, in fountains, on walls…  traditional and modern, stark and quirky.

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Artists Open Houses – Get peeking!

3 May 2016

Artists Open Houses is back – a chance to see and buy some great pieces from Sussex artists and to get a good nose into some places you wouldn’t normally to boot. I’ve already perused some seascapes in what is usually someone’s front room while their banished dog tried to break the door down.

It’s happening across Brighton, Hove, Rottingdean, Ditchling, Newhaven and Ouse every weekend until the end of the month and if you’ve never paid attention before you really should.

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