FRESH AiR 18
10–11 February, 17–18 February, 24–25 February, 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.
CLIFF CRAWFORD: WAVEWORN
First Friday Private View: Friday 2 March, 6pm
Exhibition: Saturday 3 March–Friday 23 March, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun)
Bexhill artist Cliff Crawford documents weathering and erosion on the Sussex coast through the medium of film and stills photography, catalogued by location and date to build up a complete and beautiful archive of change over the decades. Waveworn explores pressing issues of environmental instability, but also timeless human themes of change, impermanence and desire for (the illusion of) control.
NOW WE ARE 7: CHANGE & DISRUPT
First Friday Private View: Friday 6 April, 6pm
Exhibition: Saturday 7 April–Friday 27 April, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun)
In 2016, women’s art collective Now We Are 7, comprising artists Lyn Dale, Nikki Davidson-Bowman, Louise Michele Evans, Marie Ford, Stephanie Grainger, Jules Mitchell and Katy Oxborrow, set out on an experimental journey. Each artist made one piece of work and each month the work changed hands until each artist had contributed towards each piece. In a process of palimpsest, the work evolved or was reused or altered but potentially still bore visible traces of its earlier form. During the year of the project, the artists experienced their own changes and disruptions, in the form of relocation, separation, illness, loss and uncertainty. The result is a body of work that reflects themes of female identity, diversity and transition.
TOM HOMEWOOD: NEW PAINTINGS
Private View: Friday 4 May, 6pm
Exhibition: 5–25 May, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun)
In a Martyrs’ exclusive, Lewes artist Tom Homewood unveils his 2018 collection of oil paintings, including the beautiful but haunting Sussex landscapes for which he is already known as well as a strand of experimental work on show for the first time.
PATRICIA THORNTON: MAPS AND DREAMS
Private View: Friday 1 June, 6pm
Exhibition: 2–22 June, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun)
A former FRESH AiR artist-in-residence, painter Pat Thornton has built her new collection around news media images of conflict and displacement to explore the interplay between journeys both literal and figurative.
Private View: Friday 6 July, 6pm
Exhibition: 7–27 July, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun)
Rejecting the clichéd roles imposed upon the continent of Africa by Western culture and media, Africa 21 is a group exhibition of photography that reframes 21st century Africa as a mature, upwardly-mobile destination as well as a naturally beautiful one – a continent that has come of age.
Africa 21 is generously supported by Cedarberg Travel.
MARTYRS’ SUMMER SALON
Private View: Friday 17 August, 6pm
Exhibition: 18 August–2 September, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun, plus Bank Holiday Monday)
Martyrs’ juried summer show returns to present a cross-section of contemporary two- and three-dimensional art. Artists wishing to submit work should ask in the gallery or visit www.martyrs.gallery/summersalon.
The Summer Salon is part of the Lewes Artwave Festival. For more information, visit www.artwavefestival.org.
MARTYRS’ LATE SUMMER STUDY DAYS
Saturdays 8, 15 & 22 September, Times TBC
Join us for a series of illustrated talks and discussions on a range of contemporary arts topics.
VIVIENNE LYNN: PRESENCE OF ABSENCE/ABSENCE OF PRESENCE
Private View: Friday 5 October, 6pm
Exhibition: 6–26 October, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun)
Artist, researcher and critical theorist Vivienne Lynn opens up new perspectives and conversations on dementia via a matrix of visual evidence of a person’s existence, to explore themes of time, space, memory and trace.
CHARITY FUNDRAISER: ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH ORGAN RESTORATION FUND
Private View: Friday 9 November, 6pm
Exhibition: 10 November–16 December, 12 noon–5pm (Thu–Sun)
Watch this space for more details of our winter fundraiser, in support of the organ restoration fund for St Michael’s Church, Lewes.