Friday, 30 September 2016

Snowdogs - London Road & Falmer

Hopefully by now you will have seen the gorgeous Snowdogs by the Sea sculptures popping up across the city. Each week, to help you make the most of the art trail, we will focus on a different area of the city telling you how you can get to each of the dogs and what to look out for along the way.

Of course the obvious thing to do would be to start the trail at Snowdog number 1 but we've decided to start with the London Road area and dogs 40 - 44...

42. Sparky - Artist: David Sith / Sponsor: Wild in Art
We decided to start our trail at Preston Park which is close to London Road train station and is on the number 5 bus route. Snowdog 42 also known as Sparky can be found by the South entrance near the Rose Garden. With his sparkling nose and glittery ears Sparky brings a touch of bling to the park. Take some time out to enjoy the park which is home to the Preston Park Rockery and the Preston Twins believed to be the largest and oldest Elm Trees in the world! 

43. The Snowdog
Artist: Anonymous  / Sponsor: Penguin
Once you are ready to leave the park head South from Sparky along Preston Road, under the viaduct and at Preston Circus cross over to the Duke of York's Picturehouse to meet Snowdog number 43 - The Snowdog. This is the original design from the Snowman and the Snowdog featuring the orange heart nose and colourful ears. The Duke of York's Picturehouse is over 100 years old and features lovely comfy seats plus you can take a scrumptious slice of cake into screenings with you.

Continue down London Road and make sure you look out for The Martlets Shop where we spotted a Snowpup in the window! Pop in to see the Snowdog merchandise avaialable to buy or simply to see if you can grab a bargain.

After shopping continue walking along London Road until you get to Baker Street. Turn left and walk to the end of the road, then cross over Ditchling Road to enter The Level. Here you will find Snowdog number 41 - Gizmo. If you need to check your look after all this walking then Gizmo can help with his shiny surface! The Level has an international standard skate park as well as table tennis, chess, a café and a children's play area.

The Martlets Shop, London Road

41. Gizmo - Artist: Anonymous / Sponsor: Wild in Art
Leave The Level at the southern end of Ditchling Road and walk towards St Peter's Church. On the south side of the church you'll meet Snowdog number 40 - Dudley. Designed by Louise Dear and sponsored by Dockerill's Dudley is dressed ready for work with his dungarees and his tools.

40. Dudley - Artist: Louise Dear / Sponsor: Dockerills
Once you've said goodbye to Dudley it's time to give your feet a rest so head to the nearby bus stop and hop on a Brighton & Hove Bus number 25 to visit the American Express Community Stadium (aka Amex Stadium) to see Snowdog number 44 - Rose. As Rose is at the home ground of the Brighton & Hove Albion football club she is of course proudly wearing the team's blue & white kit. After visiting Rose why not pop into the shop for some Albion merchandise or visit The Albion Museum to learn more about the history of the club.

44. Rose - Artist: Deven Bhurke / Sponsor: American Express and Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
That ends this trail but check back in next week for more Snowdog trail ideas!

Places to visit / things to do in the London Road trail area:

To download the full trail map head to our website or pick one up from one of our Visitor Information Points. Don't forget the Snowdogs are art sculptures so please respect them and do not climb on or graffitti them. The Snowdogs are supporting the Martlets so if you would like to donate text SDOG16 £3 to 70070.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Art lovers weekend as Brighton Art Fair & MADE Brighton unite!

Today it's time for a guest post and so I'll hand you over to Anne-Marie to give us her insider's tips for this year's Brighton Art Fair & MADE Brighton.... 

This year, we are thrilled to be presenting a joint Brighton Art Fair / MADE BRIGHTON extravaganza, featuring fifty each of the best contemporary artists and designer / makers across all media. The show will be varied, exciting and full of original and unique work.

Some of the best contemporary artists from the UK and abroad; painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers and mixed media artists along with fifty of the best contemporary designer makers in the country will show and sell their diverse work direct to the public. Expect craft and design work ranging from cutting edge ceramics and contemporary jewellery to blown and kiln formed glass as well as wood and textiles. The fair promotes a good balance in established and emerging artists and makers, and insists that all work is of the highest quality

Photo by Alan Powdrill
Photographer, Alan Powdrill will be unveiling a new photo story at the Brighton Art Fair. Fun Fair was inspired by the classic fairs Alan used to visit as a child, places that seemed like vast pop palaces, so much larger than life. He always remembered them as very surreal so it got him thinking how would they look when seen alone in peaceful landscapes away from their usual venues. The results were shot in Great Yarmouth, Blackpool, and all over the UK. 
Porcelain pieces by Jill Ford

We’re looking forward to seeing and feeling Jill Ford’s porcelain bowls, vases and standing forms, thrown on the wheel. Jill’s simple forms are decorated by boring through masses of holes and impressing marks to recreate the textures found on barnacle shells and patterning of marine life on coastal cliffs. 

Textile art by Emily Jo Gibbs
To highlight this marriage between art and craft, Emily Jo Gibbs exquisite stitched work will be presented in the foyer at the show. Emily Jo is a British artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her textile pieces. Emily Jo’s current practice focuses on hand stitched textile portraits, and she has been working on a project called ‘Kids Today’ which features children from Emily Jo’s neighbourhood who would come and sit at her kitchen table; most eager to take part in the project, some less sure but keen not to miss out.

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September 10am - 5pm
Tickets: £7.50 on the door
Brighton Dome The Corn Exchange
Church Street Brighton