Brighton Art Fair and The Hove Civic Society

Brighton Art Fair takes place between 28 - 30 September, 2007 at Brighton’s Corn Exchange and showcases affordable artwork mostly between £50 and £1500. Artists are carefully selected from over 300 applications received each year to showcase orginal and innovative artwork across a wide mix of media and styles.

The Hove Civic Society was formed over 40 years ago in response to a boom in building in the sixties. Its aim was to protect the conservation areas, to ensure high standards of architecture and town planning and to encourage the public's interest in the urban environment. It maintains that aim to the present day by monitoring planning applications, working with other conservation societies, by representation on the Conservation Advisory Group and liaison with the Civic Trust.

The Hove Civic Society is offering a £500 prize for:

"An original piece of artwork focussing on the urban environment"

The work will be judged on artistic merit and subject matter. This should comprise any architectural theme or detail, or any reference to design or planning in the urban landscape. The society's aim in offering this award is to increase the public's appreciation of these factors in their everyday surroundings. The Hove Civic Society would expect to use the winning image for publicity purposes.

The work can be in any medium approved for display at the Brighton Art Fair and must be on show at the event.

The prize will awarded by a panel comprising a guest judge, John Small, President of the City's Conservation Advisory Group. The other judges are Lesley Clarke, Chairman of the Hove Civic Society and Decorative and Fine Arts Society Church Recorder and Sarah Young of the Brighton Art Fair.

The prize will be judged and presented at the Brighton Art Fair Private View on Thursday 27th September.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Natalie Martin

Brighton Bandstand, 2007. acrylic on canvas, 45 x 60 cm, £ 680

Assumption I, Lost in Hove, 2007. acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm. £ 380

Ascension V, “Bristol Fashion”, 2007. acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 cm. £ 220

I am currently exploring the idea of ‘journey’; through space and time; toward a destination or a spiritual awakening; as the traveller or the onlooker. This is being expressed through creating a series of paintings examining how the space around us defines our movement, by highlighting the architectural features that we pass by on foot and pass over visually as they seem mundane and unremarkable. Indeed, we can only perceive our own movement by the recognition of the inert ‘watching’ structures that surround us and that we will ultimately leave behind. I seek to re-examine their apparent banality and invoke a celebration of the ordinary. By glorifying the unloved and unvalued markers in the landscape of the journey, the journey itself is enriched.


Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Chrissy Guest

Urban Sealight, Hove (coastal series), 70cm x 50cm, Oil paint on canvas, £550

Being aware of all that surrounds me, all that I have seen, all that I feel, in my moment in time"........ Urban Sealight, Hove, focuses on capturing the essence of Hove's stunning Regency architecture, bathed in light and its vista's to the sea.

Monday, 24 September 2007

Hebe Vernon-Morris

One of Them is Special, Etching

One's Dreams can be Kingdoms if One Wants Them to Be, Soft Woodcut

Corner House, Linocut

My work depicts buildings and houses, largely imaginary but entirely influenced by the multitude of architectural details I see around me in the urban environments I have lived within and travelled to. The buildings reflect the input man has on the structures of the past and present and acknowledge the character man is able to impart on the urban environment through the style, detail and aesthetic used.

Rob Peel: Works on Paper

Turbulence 2

Lagoon 5

Lagoon 2

In the continuous framework of experience over time, the past and present find their equivalents within a working process of unselfconscious thought and activity, where a kind of alchemy takes place.
Coming from a long-held interest in the ports of Shoreham and Newlyn, these sometimes playful images aim to make visual sense of our experience and how we are affected by it.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Ann d'Arcy Hughes

Shadows of the past - Brighton. Photo-Lithography

Work In, Work Out. Photo -Lithography

The theme running through all of my work is the
depiction of the human passage through life. The works above express the relationship man has with the urban landscape, the use of photography explores the solidity of the built structures while the drawing expresses the transience of man.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Lindsey Hambleton

Rooftop Dancers, oil on constructed canvas / mixed media sculpture, 43 x 47cm

Adam in the City, oil on constructed canvas / mixed media sculpture, 64 x 64cm

Buster Learns about Airplanes, oil on constructed canvas / mixed media sculpture, 47 x 65cm

'What is a city but its people?' This series of figures in an urban environment combines painting and sculpture in wall hanging pieces. My intention with both my landscape and figurative work is for it to be uplifting, and here the figures stand within the city, reaching up. As light moves over the work, the shadows change. The canvas covered blocks are the buildings themselves, and also suggest the broad cityscape.

Friday, 14 September 2007

Michele Findlay

Portal: Doorways, portals, gateways are symbolic of a person's rites of passage, there are usually several in a person's life birth, puberty, mating, mother/fatherhood, warrior, maturity, attaining wisdom and death. This piece represents the movement from stage of life to the next.

Feeling deep inside: The House or Tower has often served as a symbol for the person, here the person is reaching deep inside for the hidden part of herself, for her animus. Often inaccessible to the searcher the inner house can reveal the real person.

Tony MCorry




My works are all based on the built environment and are usually about Housing; usually housing in its most basic form as found on public housing schemes or estates. With a considered and consistent application of medium I deal with colour, shape and form as observed in the structures. Often void of inhabitants the paintings take on an eerie quality and depict a barren landscape abandoned by the forces that put it there, but suggests an underlying struggle of such places.

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Mair Joint

Liverpool Street

Bishops Gate

The hustle and bustle of our frantic life styles, city architecture and conversely the tranquility of open water inspire me.

My work is motivated by the abstract reflections of light and colour found in windows of buildings or distorted on the surface of rivers and water. These jumbled forms are then translated into abstract mixed media hangings.

Interesting found objects are enclosed within the mesh resembling the play of light and represent the chaotic juxtaposition of images found reflected around us.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Kellie Miller


Wood Cutters Lodge

Burnished Fields

How it was, how it is and what will it be?
The questions posed by industry and urban living on our landscapes; the changing sculpting and reorganization of the land.

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Colin Merrin

Blackwall Approach. 51 x 41cm. Acrylic on canvas

Morning Light, Victoria Station. 56 x 47cm. Acrylic on canvas

Backchurch Lane. 37 x 27cm. Acrylic on paper

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Karen Griffiths / New York City

'New York City' 30x30cm, Oil & paper on board

'I love NYC' 30x30cm, Oil & paper on board

Towering above on the Empire State Building I watched NYC. A melting pot so dense with life. The sky scrapers almost moving against the sky. I focused, zooming in on pockets of life amongst the vast city, people like ants between the buildings and cabs following the grid of streets through New York.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Monday, 20 August 2007

Clair Letton / Imagined Landscapes

The images are drawn from my imagination but are inspired by memories of real places. They are imagined landscapes, which try to convey how one feels about being in that space as well as what it actually looks like.

Christopher Noulton

Housewives Choice

Seven-Thirty pm

Milkround - This painting was inspired by my memories of being a milk boy in the 1960s. We used to deliver to many blocks like this one; all Crittall windows and white painted render. We tend to take modernist buildings like this for granted now, but when they were originally built in the 1920s /1930s they must have seemed like something from outer space!

It is a diptych (two paintings fixed together.)
Overall size 32" x 16" inches.

Friday, 10 August 2007

Susan Laughton / Faded Glory IV & V

electrostatic crackles the urban sky, lines of communication, seen and unseen energy bisects the atmosphere, flickering tension and connection

street lights that obliterate the night, cranes rising above the horizon, real and imagined grid lines drawing the city together

the hard edges of construction cut against the clouds window framing perspectives

old paint softened and scratched by time, memory and history along side the new, evolving and regenerating.

Plaster, acrylic and ink on canvas.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Michael Sibley

'www.' (2007) Cotton and ink on canvas 140 x 90 cm

WWW. looks at the the world as a global city. Whether at the top of an Alpine mountain or at the depths of silicon valley, being so connected means the concepts of urban and rural living are becoming increasingly blurred.

'Construction (Birmingham)' (2007) 76 x 61 cm

Having spent time drawing inspiration from the deconstruction and renovation of some of Birmingham's more neglected areas, I also wanted to involve my paintings with the futuristic progression of Birmingham's hi-tech architectural and cultural landscape.

size: 76 x 61 cm
medium: Acrylics and Indian ink on Canvas
Price: £2400

This piece is part of a series I am working on looking at the city of Birmingham and it's regeneration. Whilst researching this body of work, I was struck by the contrast of old industrial Birmingham and newly regenerated Birmingham. This painting focuses on the changing landscape and especially the derelict and 'soon to be demolished or renovated' buildings that are still abundant only streets away from the shiny new Bullring.

Phil Cook Photography

Service Road - This was part of an exhibition I had, called "waiting to be noticed" earlier this year, at the Brunswick Gallery, London. It was taken from the service road through into the underground car park area of the building.
The Brunswick Centre has recently been given a 20-30million pound face-lift, changing the original form of the building designed by Patrick Hodgkinson in the late 60's.

Residential Level - This was also part of the same body of work, "waiting to be noticed". There are over 200 flats on the residential levels. As part of the agreed face-lift of the Brunswick Centre, these levels received filling of cracks and a coat of paint. The original windows are still in place and are awaiting refurbishment by Camden Council as their part in the deal.

Giclee prints
12 inches square
£150-00 unframed

It was shot in the indoor bowling alley, underneath the King Alfred Centre in Hove. This to me has significance as it used to be the original navy training camps car park, back in the 40's. Modern cars became too big to get down to it, so it was turned into a bowling arena. Planning permission has now been granted to re-develope the site, so this historic building will be lost forever.

Friday, 27 July 2007

Natasha Kahn / Paper Series I

Collage allowed me to explore the urban environment in a different way. The torn paper shapes convey a townscape with minimal detail. No need for windows or doors, just simple architectural forms made up of used stationery, charcoal and paint.

24 x 19cm (unframed)

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Lin Osborn / Doors

Although very familiar, doors are often ignored in their everyday surroundings. By using the “Power of the Collective” I hope to bring attention to the beauty and diversity of doors. The little details and
colour allow the owner to express their personality and show historical and cultural identity. The images are mounted on foam blocks 5.2 cm wide by 6.7 cm long and 1 cm deep. They are presented in a 70 x 100 cm Box Frame. The price is £550.00.