FRESH AiR 17
4–5 March, 11–12 March, 18–19 March, 12 noon–4pm
Three artists, three weekends, three presentations of new and experimental work developed in the gallery space during a series of one-week micro-residencies. Facilitated by curator Alex Grey.
4–5 March: Nikki Davidson-Bowman
11–12 March: Alex Julyan
18–19 March: Francesca Duffield
Read Alex Leith’s interview with FRESH AiR artist-in-residence Nikki Davidson-Bowman, Presumptuous Views, in the March 2017 issue of Viva Lewes: www.vivabrighton.com/viva-lewes (p. 51).
DIANA BURCH: DESIRE LINES
First Friday Private View: Friday 7 April, 6–9pm
Exhibition: Saturday 8 April–Sunday 30 April, 12 noon–5pm (Thurs–Suns)
In her first solo exhibition, former FRESH AiR artist-in-residence Diana Burch returns to Lewes to mark the opening of the new Martyrs’ Gallery and Project Space with Desire Lines, an installation of polymer-based structures and exhibition of found objects that explores the psychogeography of routes through landscapes real and imagined, and considers the pressures that shape them.
Last Saturday Event: Saturday 29 April 12–5pm
Diana will be filming visitors navigating the structures of her installation and discussing the wider implications of coerced movement around designed spaces.
More information about Diana’s work can be found at www.dianaburch.co.uk.
Read Diana’s conversation with Alex Leith in the April edition of Viva Lewes.
SARAH GRACE HARRIS: LOST & FOUND
Private View: Friday 5 May, 6–9pm
Exhibition: 6–28 May, 12 noon–5pm (Thurs–Suns)
Sheffield artist and curator Sarah Grace Harris explores the role of women in community cohesion through the medium of found objects, assemblages, cyanotype…and tea.
MICHAEL MUNDAY: ABSTRACTED
Private View: Friday 2 June, 6–9pm
Exhibition: 3–25 June, 12 noon–5pm (Thurs–Suns)
Lewes artist Michael Munday presents recent abstracts, including a series influenced by his travels in Kerala.
MARTYRS’ SUMMER SALON featuring VICTOR STUART GRAHAM
Private View: Friday 7 July, 6–9pm
Exhibition: 8–30 July, 12 noon–5pm (Thurs–Suns)
Martyrs’ juried early summer show presents a cross-section of contemporary two- and three-dimensional art, including a special showcase of new work by Newhaven sculptor Victor Stuart Graham. Artists wishing to submit work should ask in the gallery or visit www.martyrs.gallery/summersalon. Curated by Alex Grey.
JOHN McSWEENEY: THIS ENGLAND AND OTHER EDENS
Private View: Friday 4 August, 6–9pm
Exhibition: 5 August–3 September, 12 noon–5pm (Thurs–Suns, plus August Bank Holiday Monday, and by appointment)
John Moore’s Painting Prize shortlistee John McSweeney returns to Lewes to share his anger at the state of the nation and of the world, through the medium of oil paintings and a specially conceived series of strictly limited edition archival-quality prints.
This England and Other Edens is part of the 2017 Lewes Artwave Festival.
RACHAEL ADAMS: THE SPINNEY: LANDSCAPES OF THE EDGELAND
Exhibition: Saturdays 9, 16, 23 & 30 September, 12 noon–5pm
Former FRESH AiR artist-in-residence Rachael Adams shares work-in-progress associated with her ongoing project The Spinney, which explores relationships between time, space, humanity and meaning, and the ways in which each shapes the others.
NB There will be no additional Private View for this installation.
VICTOR BOWLEY & JOYCE CORBETT: WAYS OF SEEING
Private View: Saturday 7 October, 12 noon–2pm
Exhibition: 7–29 October, 12 noon–5pm (Thurs–Suns)
Husband-and-wife team Victor Bowley and Joyce Corbett use the conventions of geometry to compile non-verbal messages that add up to more than the sum of their parts, Bowley through the medium of mark-making with ink and Corbett with assemblages of found objects.
NB There will be no First Friday or Last Saturday events for this show.
EW TRISTRAM: THE EASTBOURNE PANELS
Private View: Friday 10 November, 6–9pm
Exhibition: 11 November–17 December, 12 noon–5pm (Thurs–Suns), plus late opening to 9pm on 7 December
Never before seen in public, Martyrs’ Gallery is delighted to present the exquisite Eastbourne Panels, created in the 1930s by art historian and restorer Ernest William Tristram and gifted to St Elisabeth’s Church in Eastbourne, on whose behalf we are fundraising. Please join us for a range of special events listed at www.martyrs.gallery/upcomingevents and donate generously to this cause, which will support valuable arts initiatives as well as the local community.