Art in aid of BOAT

About the art auction in aid of the Brighton Open Air Theatre

News from Caia Matheson

Caia Matheson
Caia Matheson
'Hello Art Lovers

I just wanted to share with you the Art Auction details for the new
Amphitheatre that is currently under construction in Brighton

The Theatre is the brainchild of Adrian Bunting a playwright,
construction worker and man of grand ambitions.
When in 2013 Adrian found out he had weeks to live he began making
arrangements to realise one of his dearest dreams ...... an Open-Air
Theatre for Brighton!

Fast forward to 2015 and the Theatre is almost complete however more
funding is needed to finish and maintain the Amphiteatre.

Many artists including the legendary David Lloyd of V for Vendetta fame,
Cartoonist and regular contributor to Private Eye Guy Venables and
British Illustrator and Political Cartoonist for The Observer, Chris
Riddell have all donated work for this fabulous new Theatre venue.
I have also donated an original Oil Painting titled 'Wisdom Lies Beneath
The Light'

The Bid for Boat totaliser is at £8387 today however £20K is needed to
pay the bills

ALL proceeds of the Auction go directly to the Brighton Open Air Theatre

Please share this with your friends and colleagues and help make this
exciting new venture happen

Thank you for supporting the arts

BOAT website

Best wishes

Caia Matheson
Contemporary Oil Painter and supporter of BOAT'

Confident Public Speaking: For Artists

Confident Public Speaking

New courses in Brighton and Hove

Skills for artists in business

Confident Public Speaking

New courses in Brighton and Hove

Skills for artists in business

As an artist you’re also a business person, and the ability to stand up and speak in public is a vital part of your personal and professional toolkit. You may need to promote your work, or to pitch for funding – yet so many people find public speaking difficult.

These skills really can be learned.

Confident Public Speaking: new skills for business

An introduction to presentation and public speaking skills
Ideal for beginners, for brushing up the basics and for the nervous speaker

Learn how to master your nerves, develop a strong voice and compelling personal presence and deliver your message with style

New dates: March 26th and 30th, April 16th and 20th
Venue: the beautiful five star Claremont, Hove

Course bookings

For further information about the course, venue and fees, and to book your place, contact:
Philippa Hammond
T: 07017 037590

Brighton Modelworld 2015

The Brighton Centre
Fri 20th to Sun 22nd of February 2015

Brighton Modelworld
Brighton Modelworld

Modelworld is a unique exhibition showcasing models of all types from around the country. Having started out as a model railway show, 2015 will be the 37th annual event, encompassing so much more and has become genuinely a hands-on family model show with something for children of all ages, 1-100.

The 2014 show was a great success and so much so that many of the stands are already booked for 2015, some of whom are family favourites but others are new faces keen to attend the areas leading family model show.

Modelworld – A great day out for kids and grown-ups!

This year, Brighton Modelworld will feature examples from many modelling disciplines, incorporating a theme of “Transport”, including:

  • Railways, model and miniature, large and small
  • Boats, with a sailing pool running shows all day long and detailed static models
  • Cars
  • Aeroplanes,
  • Daleks and Dr. Who exhibits
  • Antweight Robots
  • Circus, Fairground and related vehicles
  • Dolls Houses
  • Modelling trade stands

Join the thousands of visitors who attend Modelworld every year, with so many finding pleasure in exhibits they have never seen, or even considered, before.

A must for every modelling enthusiast!

The Brighton Centre
Fri 20th to Sun 22nd of February 2015
Adult £9.50, Children £5.50, Seniors £7.50, Family (2+2) £26

Dion Salvador Lloyd


Solo Exhibition

22nd January – 10th February 2015

Northcote Gallery 253 Kings Road Chelsea London SW3 5EL

Dion Salvador Lloyd
Dion Salvador Lloyd


Solo Exhibition

22nd January – 10th February 2015

Northcote Gallery 253 Kings Road Chelsea London SW3 5EL

‘I would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2015 and may you be safe and well.

Firstly I would like to thank you for all your ongoing support with my work as 2014 was an exceptional year and already 2015 looks a busy one ahead.

So starting off with the new year it is with great pleasure that I invite you to my solo show with Northcote Gallery in London.

This exhibition of new paintings and paperworks also celebrates my 10th Anniversary of working with Northcote Gallery.

Some other great news is I have just recently been told that my painting ‘Northlandings’ has been selected for this years Lynn Painter-Stainers Art Prize 2015. This exhibition will be held at The Mall Galleries in London from 16th-21st February. If you would like more information regarding this please let me know.

I thank you for your support and interest in my work.

Warmest wishes this winter


Christmas Open Studios Show at New England House

11th 12th and 13th December 2014


Christmas Open Studios Show at New England House
New England House, which houses the studios of over 50 artists and makers, is a centre for some of the most exciting talent in Brighton. The studios at New England House will open to the public for three days this December – giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy an exciting alternative to high street Christmas shopping.

Open Studios Show at New England House 

New England Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GH

New England House, which houses the studios of over 50 artists and makers, is a centre for some of the most exciting talent in Brighton. The studios at New England House will open to the public for three days this December – giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy an exciting alternative to high street Christmas shopping.

Free Entry   12 noon – 8pm

Thursday  11th,  Friday  12th  &  Saturday  13th December  2014

Beautifully hand crafted items will be on sale direct from the artists and makers; and browsers and purchasers will be able to talk to them, as well as enjoying the opportunity to select some really special gifts for Christmas. Items displayed for sale will include drawings, paintings, illustrations, prints, etchings, photographic art, sculpture, 3D objects, mixed media, 3D body scanning & printing, interactive artworks, ceramics, pottery, home wares, jewellery, cards, stationery, artist books, natural skin care products, textiles, knit wares, accessories, baby and children’s clothes, wooden gifts, stocking fillers and lots more..  Mulled wine and mince pies will be served.

The artists and makers at New England House have produced gorgeous, high quality gifts with individuality – and many are unique items. When you make purchases from New England House, you will be supporting the wealth of creativity in our wonderful city.  (Please be aware that most exhibitors cannot take card payments.)

We very much look forward to seeing you.

Best Wishes

For further details please visit: 


Telephone:  07900 678707

Exhibitor List

Level 3            North Side   (New England Street Main Entrance is on Level 3)

Linda Finch  –  Bird Chatter Pottery & Ceramic Gifts
Liz Schwarz  –  Ceramic & Jewellery Art Pieces
Special Delivery Cards  –  3D Animal Cards for all Occasions
Purepotions Skincare  –  Natural Skin Care Products
Jake Spicer  –  Life Drawings  & Oil Paintings 
Mary Martin – Etchings & Drawings  
Shelley Morrow  –  Hand Stitched Drawings
Milo Hartnoll –  Figurative Oil Paintings

Level 4            North Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Rosalie Hoskins – Illustrated Wares
Metta Eggs – Loving Kindness Revealed
Maker Club – 3D Printed Maker Kits
3Dify – 3D Body Scanning & Printing

Level 4            South Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Sue Haseltine  –  Prints & Small Ceramics
Torba  –  Bags, Scarves & Personalised Cushions

Level 5            North Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Nangle Knits – Handmade Knitwear
Kriya Designs – Crochet Jewellery & Cosmetics
Xray Bex Art – Bleach & Ink Images
Rowena Gilbert   –  Contemporary Ceramics
Ken Eardley   –  Handbuilt Functional Ceramics
Simon Mathews   –  Handthrown Ceramics
Hickory Dickory   –  Handcrafted Wooden Gifts
Angela Evans  –  Handmade Ceramic Tiles
Gina Ellis   –  Christmas Cards & Stocking Fillers 
Joanna Martin – Mixed Media Surfaces
Amanda Doughty  –  Contemporary Jewellery 
Mary Fellows – TeaTowels, Mugs & Cufflinks
Harvey & John – Interactive Artworks

Level 5            South Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Raw Gaia Beauty Ltd  –  100% Pure Organic Skincare
Sam Williams  –   Screen Prints
Mark Bristow – Photograhic Art
James Peter Field – Books, Illustrations & Prints
Rea Stavropoulos  –  Paintings & Drawings

Level 6            North Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Cadi Froehlich  –  Sculptures & Drawings 
Lauren Alderslade  –  Paintings & Drawings
Emma O’Neill  –  Abstract Landscape Painting
Anette Gidlöf  –  Jewellery
Dupenny  –  Retro Curious Wallpaper, Prints, Homewares
John Moore  –  Contemporary Jewellery
Cara Tonkin  –  Contemporary Jewellery

Level 6            South Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Nnuroj  –  Non-conventional Knit-Wares
Hania  –  Contemporary Jewellery
Beach Shack Project – Sea Glass Beach Jewellery
Liz & Pip  –  Greetings Cards, Stationery & Gifts
Bob & Blossom  –  Children’s Wear 
René de Lange – Silk Accessories & Cards – Furnishings, Objects & Gifts
Sukie  –   Notebooks, Hankies, Bags, Gifts


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.

Brighton and Hove 2014: First weekend

A brace of private views: a jazz trio and champagne at Collectors Selection and Dion Salvador Lloyd begin our Brighton and Hove festival of Artists’ Open Houses 2014. We’ll be reporting back over the next month with some responses to the venues and their exhibitions.

Dion Salvador Lloyd
Dion Salvador Lloyd

A brace of private views: a jazz trio and champagne at Collectors Selection and Dion Salvador Lloyd begin our Brighton and Hove festival of Artists’ Open Houses 2014. We’ll be reporting back over the next month with some responses to the venues and their exhibitions.

We did find it difficult to locate this year’s brochure, eventually running our copy to ground at Hove Station.

Pleased to see that Hove Arts are all open on the two bank holiday Mondays – other trails could follow suit, as it does add so much to a holiday weekend.

Sometimes finding it a little difficult to read the maps – perhaps the individual trail maps could be printed bigger in future brochures, and we do ask why George Street, as Hove’s main shopping street and a landmark for visitors, has not been marked?

We see that Fiveways have once again produced their own smart A5 brochure for their trail – we wonder if this heralds another major development in the history of Artists’ Open Houses?

Some old favourites are taking a break this year, and many houses are celebrating their first year’s opening – the event grows and evolves every year, which is just as it should be.

Whatever suits you; whether you stick to following a trail, or simply go for a wander round town and spot the distinctive blue and white Open House banners – anything goes!

Some personal responses to the Open House experience …

Saturday 3rd May

Independent 12: The Magic Lamp
Along a pretty garden to our first venue this year, a newcomer to Open House world. Something for everyone here, including photography, mosaic and digital art. Particularly noticed:
Kristin Lundgren – sexy bondage boots pretty enough to hang on the wall
Fiona Hutchinson – stacking silver gemstone rings

Seven Dials 5: Fugitive Ink
A house of paintings and ceramics featuring:
Jake Spicer – currently presenting life drawing classes at New England House, shows contemplative small scale oil paintings and intricate pencil drawings
Michaela Ridgway – strong charcoal life drawings
Kate Brinsley – loved the milk-themed ceramic tableware, especially the chunky little birdy-handled jugs

Seven Dials 4: Sixes and Sevens
A friendly, welcoming house with a great variety on show, especially:
Mary Farnea – fine silver hoop earrings and bracelets
Cat Brown – dainty curved ceramic leaf ornaments and little bowls full of iridescent molten glass

Sunday 4th May

Helen Rawlings
Helen Rawlings

Independent 13: Art at the Good Shepherd
This Victorian church is a great new venue for:
Astrid Lee – Buddhism-inspired paintings
Alex Lobo – detailed ink and watercolour portraits of houses, cottages and pubs
Robert Ollerenshaw – contrasting impressionistic scenes of sunset, city and sky
Helen Rawlings – wildlife watercolours and scenes of English country life; gundogs, horses chickens and a fieldmouse on a bramble

Dyke Road1: 56 Tivoli Crescent
This multi-storey TARDIS of a home boasts some fabulous views over Brighton. Particularly noticed:
Chris Hill – cool abstract botanical paintings in acrylic and graphite, with a subtle layered finish

Pauline Findlay
Pauline Findlay

Dyke Road 2: The Gloobah House
Cute things to wear and for home and garden:
Pauline Findlay – bubbly waves captured in fused glass and transformed into bowls, pictures and sculptures

Seven Dials 11: Art Line
The Ruffell / Slade family are well established exhibitors on the art trail, and this year Colin and Frances are showing at their daughter Shyama’s home. Paintings everywhere in this gorgeous house and garden, serving tea and cake [£2.50]. Well worth a visit! Guest artist Frances Doherty’s ceramic pods and mysterious organic shapes look fabulous among the bluebells.

Monday 5th May

Half of Hove Arts today – an established and highly professional trail, obligingly open both bank holiday Mondays, we hope to visit the remainder on the final day.

Dion Salvador Lloyd
Dion Salvador Lloyd

Hove Arts 1: Dion Salvador Lloyd
An accomplished show, as ever, from this nationally-exhibited artist. The natural palette of muted tones are inspired and echoed by arrangements of shell, flint, driftwood and bone throughout Dion and Emma’s home, recently featured in the new book, ‘Home for Now’ by Joanna Thornhill.

Donating a painting on a postcard to Martlets Hospice and Rotary Club mystery art auction in June 2013 inspired Dion to create more swift, of-the-moment smaller scale oils on paper, a terrific contrast to his established style of oils layered and built up over time. ‘Hibernia,’ a hefty moody stormy oil on canvas, deserves its centre stage.

Ceramic pieces by Gilles le Corre and Ian Gregory complement the painting.

Hove Arts 6: Kellie Miller
Another well-established feature of Hove Arts trail each year is this welcoming working studio in the heart of a cobbled Victorian mews. Kellie’s painting and ceramic work flow into each other in a cool, elegant fusion of colour and line.

Hove Arts 5: 51 Wilbury Road
The original Hove Arts venue, several flats have opened together for an eclectic and absorbing event. We spent quite some time here, only partly because of the most gorgeous chocolate fudge cake with superfruits and a proper pot of tea [£3.70] in the basement flat, showing some charming paintings by Lionel Pichault.

Up to the top for a sense of fun, recycling and a fresh look at life with CassetteLord’s graffiti street art and Lawrence Latham’s re-purposed camera lamps.

Then down to the heart of the venue, showing Alain Guy’s great sculpted ceramic heads with a classical world feeling and John Beetham’s powerful land- and cityscapes. Joined this year by Campoli and Nelson’s glass and silversmithing partnership – sinuous modern jewellery pieces, using glass as precious stones.

Olivia Ferrier
Olivia Ferrier

Hove Arts 2: Collectors Selection
This venue is always a happening – a smart Victorian villa and garden, home to painting and sculpture, music and books.
Olivia Ferrier – absolutely adore her larky black bronze raven sculptures, perched on an old garden fork and salvaged pieces of wrecked beach groyne
Aksong Rukpong – pretty, dreamy paintings
Simon Royer – so detailed paintings of sea, foam and sky

Hove Arts 3: G & T
Round to another working mews studio, this time lined with Gary Jones’ and Tony Bowall’s photographs, paintings and prints of Brighton and Hove in all its snowy or sunny moods – beach huts, deckchairs and the gracefully fading West Pier.

Cliff Wright
Cliff Wright

Hove Arts 4: Tessa Wolfe Murray and Guests
And finally this weekend, to another Hove Arts stalwart. Take a look at the photographs of middle Eastern cave dwellings which show so clearly how Tessa’s travel experiences influence the shapes, smoky finishes and enigmatic markings that make her work so distinctive. Small scale and approachable, wearable works of art – brooches, buttons, necklaces and earrings, with vases, clocks and wall pieces for the home.

And another treat – work by Cliff Wright, the artist whose paintings feature on the cover of so many Harry Potter books. Prints of the Potter cover paintings are fascinating in themselves, but for me the image of the festival so far is his original watercolour “The Sword in the Stone”, inspired by the TH White tale of the boyhood of King Arthur. It’s a minutely-observed scene that will just captivate fellow lovers of this book.