Made Brighton 2014 – The Design and Craft Fair

The Design and Craft Fair

21st – 23rd November, 2014

Made Brighton 2014
Made Brighton 2014

The Design and Craft Fair

21st – 23rd November, 2014

MADE BRIGHTON is the city’s annual contemporary craft and design fair which takes place in November in the historic Dome, Corn Exchange. The fair offers the public the opportunity to buy original and exceptional pieces of craft and design direct from the designer / makers and has become firmly established as a friendly, accessible and top quality event.  MADE BRIGHTON welcomes over 5500 visitors; collectors, galleries, curators and of course Christmas shoppers,  many of whom return year on year knowing that the work on show is well worth viewing.

MADE BRIGHTON showcases over 100 makers and designers; from unique glassware to luxurious textiles, functional ceramics to dazzling jewellery, beautiful furniture to quirky accessories, there is something for everyone. A full list of exhibitors can be seen here.. Work is priced between £10 and £1500,  providing the perfect opportunity to Christmas shop for unique gifts as well as perhaps finding that ‘can’t live without’ item! A café provides a place for visitors to relax and take refreshment.

21st  – 23rd  November, 2014

Friday 21st November 11am – 7:30pm

Saturday 22nd November  10am – 6pm

Sunday, 23rd November  10am – 5pm

The Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD

Tickets £6.50 on the door.  Children under 14 free

Travel direct to Brighton from London Victoria by train

10 minute walk from Brighton station

For more information please visit the MADE BRIGHTON website

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2014

We visit the Interactive Festival of Creativity and Invention

Saturday 6th September 2014

Brighton Mini Maker Faire
Brighton Mini Maker Fair


Brighton Mini Maker Faire took over the Corn Exchange on Saturday September 6th, where making mayhem ruled for the day.

The few cons – it was loud, very hot and oversold, with ticket holders having to wait to come in as it was at capacity, and the refreshments in the venue were incredibly expensive [almost £4 for one small cake??] We took a civilised tea and rock cakes break at the historic Pavilion Gardens Cafe nearby instead.

But in all a very successful day. Some impressions:

Lab Rat remaking sentimental items into jewellery and sculptures
Jewellery Macabre’s fantastical diesel punk creatures
Tiny wooden water and vacuum driven machines showing ancient hydraulics in action, surrounded by small children as fascinated by them as by the high tech toys
Cereal packets, corrugated cardboard, round scissors, glitter and glue … a traditional Blue Peter approach to building an entire city on the mezzanine floor
Scientific demonstrations, jewellery-making, sewing, toy-making … workshops everywhere
Crafting in wool, crochet, spinning, sewing – one group of spinners, dyers and knitters knitting a giant 18th century map of the North Laine
A table of knitted planets and felt fabric quarks, muons and bosons, created by school technicians showing some of the fun things they use for teaching
Electrically conductive paint and loads of 3D printing – a new technology at the beginning of its life, affordable and possible to DIY, its potential only beginning to be explored
A3D printed exo skeleton costume work in progress
Everything computer, internet and digital, plus the chance to play the banana piano
A friendly Dalek to hug
Children everywhere, getting stuck in and having fun



The Interactive Festival of Creativity and Invention – tickets now on sale

This year’s Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday the 6th of September at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. Last year’s event attracted an audience of over 3,000 to the Corn Exchange, and this year’s will continue showcasing the best in Maker culture. for details of all the workshops and special attractions

Fresh Paint at The Foundry – SWS 2014 Annual Show

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st August 2014

Sussex Watercolour Society
Sussex Watercolour Society

An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Cartoons and work in Mixed Media, created by members of The Sussex Watercolour Society.

This is the Society’s 37th Annual Exhibition and at its heart is the wish and intention to showcase not only a superb selection of work in Watercolour but also the widest possible range of members’ work in other media, including Acrylics, Oils, Printmaking, Ceramics and Resin.

The Society has also invited sculptor Mike Chaikin to exhibit his work as a guest artist. His extraordinary kinetic sculptures created from sheet metal and Perspex will add yet another dimension to what will already be a very diverse and exciting Exhibition.

The Exhibition runs from Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st August 2014.

Opening times are 11am – 5pm daily

26 members of the Society are planning to show work at this event and some of them will be presenting demonstrations of their working techniques. These will be taking place in the Gallery on Saturday 30th August and include demonstrations by Shirley Trevena RI, Kate Osborne and Frans de Leij.

The Preview of this Exhibition will be held on Friday 22nd August from 6pm – 9pm and, as it is a venue in the Lewes Artwave Festival, will be participating in the ‘First Friday’ event, a trail of venues holding Private Views and Previews on the 22nd August. Members of the public will be warmly welcomed.

Lewes Artwave Visual Arts Festival 2014

A visit to the 2014 Festival in historic Lewes

Keith Pettit
Keith Pettit

A bank holiday visit to a rainy and basically shut Lewes – even though it’s the end of August and the Artwave Festival is in full swing, everything feels rather dead. But this beautiful historic town has plenty of Georgian and older architecture to explore and enjoy, and the views of the surrounding South Downs, visible over rooftops and down hilly cobbled streets are very attractive.

Pick up the smart green brochure anywhere – it includes artists’ open houses, galleries and studios in and around Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and rural locations. You’d need a car to see everything, so we enjoyed a taster set of venues in the centre of Lewes.

45 Lansdown Gallery

A short walk from the station first to this light, white and welcoming little gallery featuring the work of two oil painters specialising in impressionistic landscapes and flower studies.
Sarah Burges – softness meets energy
Jane Wateridge – vibrant colours were particularly impressive in ‘Wild Flowers’ and ‘Scarlet’

47 Lewes Friends’ Meeting House

This great Georgian Quaker building really needs better lighting to display the varied range of painting, jewellery and ceramics on offer, but especially noticed:

No name label – Steampunk copper penny necklaces
John Fisher – detailed yet mysterious storytelling paintings

Janet Keith
Janet Keith

13 Lewes House of Friendship

A Georgian house full of history, currently a welcoming community centre for elderly people.

Janet Keith – Paintings with terrific colour sense; contemporary, vibrant and now, all sunny lightness on this dreary day.

09 Sabine Portela at Fisher Street Studios

Up the stairs and under a Hobbit-sized portal into this loft studio, almost entirely window. Sabine’s mostly large scale works in the unusual medium of cement and rusted iron filings are not the most obvious candidates for beauty, but the finished paintings have a pronounced texture, their surfaces reminiscent of brushed fur, rippling grass and turbulent planets and skies, in deep dark tones with subtle gleams of silvery glitter.

Peter Marlborough
Peter Marlborough

02 Hop Gallery

Sheila and Peter Marlborough present their oil painting show in this well lit stone flagged venue.

Peter – Colour sweeps, tone and mood, landscape and views remembered and suggested in tranquility. Loved ‘Caerleon Autumn.’
Sheila – Engrossing landscapes seen from above, abstract responses with lettering and words floating through the images.

03 The Hop Studio

Across the courtyard to this little studio for Neeta Pedersen’s witchy and quirky digital art prints and sculptures

43 Pelham House Hotel

A smart, stylish Georgian hotel with the nicest loos in Lewes and a varied display of paintings, prints, silk screens and sculptures throughout the building and gardens.

14 The Hive

A high street venue showing a selection of work by the resident colony of artists. There’s a sense of delicate lightness in all the work here; ceramics, engravings, prints and jewellery.
The natural world inspires Keith Pettit’s small and infinitely detailed engravings, with a timeless feel, Rachel Bell’s pierced and patterned ceramics and Phoebe Sherwood Moore’s tiny silvered acorn jewellery.

17 T.A.T.E. Lewes

A life-drawing show featuring compassionate studies of ‘real’ bodies and faces, hosted by the long-established Brewers Arms pub. Peter Bushell’s oils and Pat Hopkins’ watercolours were particularly accomplished, but the dingy lighting did make it very difficult to see the work in the detail it deserved. Atmosphere’s all very well but we do need to see the art we’ve come to enjoy!

18 Hibbert Room

And finally, to the Westgate chapel next door for some vintage Lee Miller prints paired with new artwork by Chailey School students – past meets present in another of Lewes’ history-steeped public rooms. Tea and home made cake £2.50.

The Festival continues until 7th September – see the website for full details, dates and times.

Lewes Artwave Visual Arts Festival 2014

23rd August – 7th September

Lewes and beyond


23rd August – 7th September

Artwave is a visual arts festival held over three weekends every August and September in the Lewes District. The festival covers the historic town of Lewes, the coastal towns of Seaford and Newhaven and picturesque villages of the South Downs and beyond.

Now in its 21st year, Artwave is one of the biggest and most vibrant open house festivals in the East Sussex calendar. Almost 100 venues open their doors to reveal works in all media by over 400 artists and makers.

Dupont Art Club Annual Exhibition

Ventnor Hall
Blatchington Road

Apples in a Bag Kate Greenaway 2013 Winning Painting
Apples in a Bag
Kate Greenaway
2013 Winning Painting

Dupont Art Club
Annual Exhibition
Ventnor Hall
Blatchington Road

21-23 August 2014

This long established art club’s summer exhibition is a Hove tradition, offering traditional representational art with an emphasis on drawing, figures, landscapes and life, wildlife, portraits and pets, costume and the nude. Dupont depicts a world of polite tranquility in pen and ink, oil, watercolour, acrylic, pastel, gouache and pencil – a digital and abstract art-free zone.

Classes and courses with professional artist teachers and models
Tea or coffee and home made cake £2
Originals, prints, cards and gifts

Vote for your favourite work – the Dupont Cup and champagne will be awarded to the winning artist on the final day.


Philip Baines acrylic ‘Storm Rigged’ ship under a thundery monochrome sky
SE Higgins tranquil silvery oil ‘Winter Sun’, a row of beach huts
Peter de Ritter muted dusty-toned watercolour ‘An Oil Beetle’
Victor Perkins oil ‘Windsor Fire’ a brooding contrast in light and dark, bright flame against castle walls, the title painted onto the picture gives a mediaeval feel
Kate Greenaway series of hyper realistic acrylic still lives
Judy Alexander oil ‘Between the Waves’ a turbulent turquoise and teal night time sea
Jane Jukes delicate little watercolour ‘Beach Mooring’
Janet Ballard watercolour ‘The Pier in Cloud;’ a rich, dark jewel-toned sea
Duncan Studholm fantasy-tinged moonlit mansion watercolour ‘Midnight in Croatia’ [my pick for the winner]