THE DIARY
Sussex Life|November 2020
17 exciting things to do this month in East and West Sussex
Jenny Mark-Bell

ART

21 NOVEMBER-13 DECEMBERARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSES Across Brighton and Hove

When the May AOH festival had to be postponed, organisers of this much-loved citywide event decided to amalgamate it with the Christmas Artists’ Open Houses into one extended four-week extravaganza.

This is a great way to get some of your Christmas shopping done while supporting local creatives: there will be a whole range of artworks, ceramics, jewellery, prints, photography and a whole host of unusual Christmas presents, cards and other gifts.

There will be a new Virtual Open Houses strand, which will include virtual tours of artists’ houses, studios and galleries. aoh.org.uk

UNTIL 15 NOVEMBERDRAWN TO NATURE: GILBERT WHITE AND THE ARTISTSPallant House, Chichester

Since its publication over 200 years ago Gilbert White’s The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne has inspired generations of naturalists, writers and artists. It was an immediate success upon its publication in 1789 and has never been out of print. It has over 300 editions, many of which were illustrated by an array of exceptional artists.

This exhibition reveals the many different visions of Selborne and its wildlife inspired by White’s writings, created by artists such as Thomas Bewick, Eric Ravilious, John Nash and Gertrude Hermes. It includes original prints, blocks and the First Edition illustrated by Samuel Hieronymous Grimm. Tickets: adults £12.50, under-18s free. pallant.org.uk

UNTIL 10 JANUARY 2021TOWNER INTERNATIONAL Towner, Eastbourne

This new biennial exhibition of contemporary art features 24 artists selected by an esteemed panel after responding to an open call. The Brewers Award of £10,000, sponsored by Brewers Decorator Centres, will be awarded to one of the exhibiting artists along with mentoring from the Towner team. Artists include: Adam Chodzko, Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Alexi Marshall, Arpita Shah, Ayo Akingbade, Benedict Drew, Carla Wright, Ian Land, Jack Shearing, Joe Packer, Jonathan Baldock, Julia Crabtree and William Evans, Maeve Brennan,Marianne Fahmy, Mohammed Sami, Mu-Tien Tammy Ho, Omar Vega Macotela, Paul Becker, Rita Evans, Ryan Orme, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Sherko Abbas and Stuart Middleton. Tickets: free. www.townereastbourne.org.uk

UNTIL JUNE 2021ROCK ‘N’ROLL WITH ME: BOWIE MACCORMACK 1973-76Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

An evocative exhibition of intimate photographs taken by David Bowie by his close friend Geoff MacCormack, who toured with him in the 1970s. It covers Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane periods and the ground-breaking Diamond Dogs tour as well as filming of The Man Who Fell to Earth and the recording of Station to Station. Tickets: £10/£5 Brighton and Hove residents. brightonmuseums.org.uk

UNTIL 7 JANUARY 2021RON ARAD 69 Newlands House, Petworth

Ron Arad’s work has been featured in dozens of prestigious public collections and has been widely exhibited in recordbreaking shows, including at the MoMA (NYC), the V&A (London) and the Centre Pompidou (Paris). This major retrospective of the pioneering artist, architect and industrial designer’s work is the gallery’s first exhibition devoted to design. It will include pieces from the 1980s and 1990s alongside more recent and previously unseen works. Admission: £12.50. newlandshouse.gallery

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