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Viva Brighton Issue #39 May 2016

Sculpture Exhibition

Sculpture Exhibition 2016 1 May - 30 September Kindly sponsored by Beautiful art, affordable prices Borde Hill’s 17th annual Sculpture Exhibition transforms the garden into an outdoor gallery with figurative & abstract works in bronze, resin, stone, metalwork, stained glass and ceramics. www.bordehill.co.uk T: 01444 450326 Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP Blackcap – by featured artist Carlina Oliver A friendly welcome awaits you at the Chalk Gallery Chalk Gallery 4 North Street Lewes, BN7 2PA t: 01273 474477 w: chalkgallerylewes.co.uk

ART ............................................. Dreamliner Arts Club Camper Van Gogh Who says you need to have a house to have an Open House? A young group of artists called the Dreamliner Arts Club are transforming this 1980s Talbot Dreamliner Vogue into a multi-functional art gallery on wheels. Cameron Lee, the owner of the van, says “I always thought I’d love to have a van, like a really cool VW or something, but this is what I got.” At under 150 square feet, it might be the snuggest of the houses on the central trail, but the group have big plans for this small space: “There are going to be ten of us exhibiting; sculptors, ceramicists, weavers, illustrators, print makers, film makers... everything you can think of really.” To accommodate this array of art works, the Dreamliner will be divided into three main areas. The back of the van, which houses the kitchen and en suite, will be curtained off and will become the ‘observatory’, displaying a fish tank filled with glowing, neon pieces and some illuminated resin jellies. The main living area will be transformed into a gallery space where their prints and illustrated pieces will be exhibited. During my visit – two weeks before the Artists’ Open Houses kick-off – three of the group are painstakingly scrubbing and scraping clean some wooden boards which will become the gallery walls, covering up the van’s melamine units and retro upholstery. The driver and passenger seats will be curtained off, creating the third zone: a two-person cinema where the work of the film makers will be screened. It’s an impressive endeavour; even once the construction is complete the group will have to face the near impossible task of parking a 20-foot-long vehicle in central Brighton on a weekend, five weekends in a row. And this might be your only chance to see it. During the next year the artists will be off travelling around the world, but unfortunately it seems like the Dreamliner is just too big and heavy to come along for the ride. Cameron says, “I’d love to do more exhibitions in it, but then what sort of event really calls for a gallery in a van?” Rebecca Cunningham The Dreamliner will be parked near 92 Buckingham Road. Weekends between Sat 30th April and 29th May. aoh.org.uk. Instagram: dreamliner.arts.club ....83....

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