Join us this October when our Main Gallery reopens! You can visit Phoenix Art Space from 3 - 31 October to see the Photo Fringe Collectives Hub, which will feature a selection of photography and lens-based works by photographic collectives. To find out more about what the Photo Fringe team have got planned, read our Q&A with Claire Wearn below. We are also looking forward to Denise Felkin's exhibition in the Window Gallery, Mum's Not the Word.
Book a viewing appointment to see both exhibitions this October.
We have put a number of measures in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff. Read about them here.
Book a place on one of our upcoming craft courses.
Join basket-maker Sarah Gardner this Saturday & Sunday and learn how to create a traditional wastepaper basket with different weaving techniques such as pairing, wailing and French randing. Find out more.
You could also join artist Lucy Brown next Thursday for a practical workshop on weaving. Explore different materials, colours and textures and learn how to warp up as well as basic weaving techniques.
This month we are delighted to launch the Creative Workspace Network. Its objective is to shape future support for creative workspaces. Studio providers, artist-led groups and creative co-working spaces have been financially impacted by Covid-19 and it is essential that the future of our creative workspaces is secured for artists and artist communities. You can watch CVAN's recent webinar on supporting creative workspaces, featuring the director of Phoenix Art Space Sarah Davies. Watch it here.
Q&A with Photo Fringe festival director, Claire Wearn
What can we expect from the 2020 edition of Photo Fringe? This will be our ninth biennial photography festival and we've made it a call to action, inviting artists and audiences to take photos and to make a difference; to make art and communicate our place in the world through it; to use photography to make change to develop new ways of seeing together. Our festival allows everyone an open platform to exhibit. Amidst the challenges and uncertainty of 2020, we’ve invited Photo Fringers to experiment with us and the response from regular and first-time exhibitors too, has been incredible. Alongside our own presentations of work selected from open call, over twenty exhibitors have registered in-venue photography exhibitions with us in galleries and pop-up spaces in Brighton & Hove and along the coast to Worthing. We’ll have our own Photo Fringe Hubs here at Phoenix and in Worthing at Colonnade House plus installations in Brighton’s Duke’s Lane and Worthing seafront. But we've more exhibitors this year than ever. A new digital exhibition system we’ve introduced, enables all exhibitors, whether they’re exhibiting in a physical venue or not, to create their own online exhibition using customisable templates. From 3 October we’ll have over 150 digital exhibitions to discover on our website from photographers of all career-stages and the quality and variety is wonderful.
Tell us about what Fringe has planned for the Phoenix Art Space gallery. Collaboration and collective working are core features of Photo Fringe. At Phoenix we’ll be hosting nine photography collectives from across and beyond our region, each responding to the festival's core question: How can photography make a difference? You’ll discover experimental dark-room techniques and alternative image making processes, exhibitions focusing on eco-feminism, far-right extremist recruitment, personal responses to the pandemic, plus installations of recent graduate work probing photography as an emotive language. Visitors can expect a very special experience.
What other exhibitions or projects are you excited to see at this year's Photo Fringe? The month will be packed with projects and digital events too - from performances, talks and virtual tours, so everyone will be able to meet creatives, network, get behind the ideas of the festival and join in.
Geoff Hands: It's All One Song You can book a slot to see studio artist Geoff Hand's current exhibition in the Window Gallery. It's All One Song reveals Geoff's interest in both ‘place’ and studio practice. A selection of abstract landscapes explore the physical properties of paint and the potency of colour. Locations include Cornwall, Wales and Sussex, with close up experiences of intimate landscapes favoured over vistas or distant views. Book a viewing slot.
Unrequited Like DODO is a small, temporary gallery situated in a space off the south stairway of Phoenix Art Space. It is hosting a short programme of exhibitions which invites artists to collaborate. Join them this October for Unrequited Like, an exhibition from art collective Motion Sickness that explores the meaning of connection whilst living in a 'technological Utopia'. Open from 3 - 31 October, Saturdays - Mondays. Find out more and book a viewing slot.
Image: Sakura Hochegger
We are spotlighting the latest studio artists to arrive at Phoenix Art Space - welcome!
During these strange and challenging of times it has been great to welcome some new artists to Phoenix. Along with the temporary lets in the Main Gallery, we also did a summer let with painter Sakura Hochegger. Welcoming a break from juggling her practice in a family environment Sakura made the gallery space here at Phoenix her home for 6 weeks to work on some larger scale painting. It was pleasure visiting here in the space to see what she had been working on. Find out more about Sakura.
Image: Chalk Meadow - High Summer, Michelle Cobbin
What else are Phoenix studio artists up to?
Studio artist Michelle Cobbin has an upcoming exhibition at 35 North Gallery. You can see a selection of her abstract-landscape paintings inspired by her daily meditative walks on the Downs, connections with nature and observations of the changing colours of the landscape from 24 September - 10 October. Find out more.
Studio artist duo Leap Then Look have brought their art school for children back to Phoenix Art Space. This October half term they will run a three-day workshop for children aged 7-14 yrs, using exciting and unconventional approaches, including object making, performance, installation, film, and photography. Find out more.
Visit the Window Gallery from 3 - 31 October for Mum's Not the Word, an exhibition from studio artist and photographer Denise Felkin. The show features a selection of photographic images depicting women who do not have children and their reflections on what this means to them. Find out more.