While we are unable to welcome you through our doors, we aim to bring you the best of our programme digitally. We hope that our fortnightly newsletters, with communications about our online courses, our family activities, and our studio artists will help you stay engaged with everyone here at Phoenix Art Space.
If you love what we do, we ask you to continue supporting our organisation in order to safeguard its future. You can do that by either Becoming a Friend or Making a Donation.
Latest creative arts courses
While our gallery and workshop rooms are closed, we have moved many of our creative arts courses online (and outside!) so that you can keep learning this summer.
Our upcoming Exploring Ink course is taught by studio artist Julian Vilarrubi, who will be inviting his students to experiment with ink, working from both still life set-ups as well as a life model in the final session. Find out more.
We are also very excited about our Cut & Paste Collage course, taught by artist Deborah Manson. Deborah will be sharing her passion for collage through a variety of playful and fun exercises, experimenting with placement, negative space, surreal imagery, mark-making and abstraction. Find out more.
You can now take part in one of our creative arts courses in the open air, with Rachel Cohen's Drawing on Location - a brilliant opportunity to students to learn while our building remains closed. Students will take part in drawing from observation in Preston Park, with a rich variety of subjects to draw from. Rachel will introduce students to a series of exercises in looking and drawing on location. Find out more.
In our most recent Virtual Studio Visit, we hear from studio artist Sophie Abbott about how the colours of spring have informed her work while working from home over lockdown. You can discover our entire Virtual Studio Visit series on our Instagram here.
'Once we could come back to the studios I started on a series of works I’ve called ‘Isolation Walks’. These paintings have stemmed organically from our daily walks we were taking to our local green space...chalky paths, bunkers, yellow gorse, trees, bluebells and pink sunsets.'
Checking in on 2m Conversations...
Over the past few weeks Phoenix artist Katy Beinart along with documentary filmmakers Lilly Murray and John Edwards have been filming conversations with the residents of Brighton & Hove about their experience of living through Covid-19. Having spoken to passersby in Queens Park and at the Level, they are now engaging in conversations with our neighbours on the Phoenix Estate which is located behind our building, and at Kingswood and Milner Council estates also close by to Phoenix. Talking to people from a broad range of backgrounds, we have been able to hear first hand the impact of the lockdown, what has been keeping them and their thoughts occupied and what their concerns and hopes are for the future.
We are hugely thankful for the generosity with which those taking part have shared their stories. This collection of narratives will help us look back and understand what it was like to live through these times.
The project has been commissioned by Phoenix Art Space in collaboration with the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing, University of Brighton and Brighton and Hove City Council. The outcome will be shown digitally online and eventually in exhibitions and screenings. Check our social media page for updates as this project progresses.
'Phoenix Art Space is such an exciting place, there is always some intriguing, arty thing going on. I just love to visit and be involved as a Friend' - Phoenix Friend, Nicola Jackson.
Many thanks to our Phoenix Friends for their warm words of support in recent months. We really look forward to seeing them once we are operating as normal and have some fun activities lined up!
Our diverse, year-round programme of Friends events offer a glimpse behind-the-scenes, with fascinating insights into creative processes of the talented studio artists based at Phoenix. Discover more about contemporary art practices whilst also supporting the work we do. Become a Friend.