Many exhibitions and shows have been cancelled so far this year because of Covid19 so the opportunity to exhibit some of my work along with the Fiveways Artists group at St Augustine’s Arts and Events Centre, which provides a safe space, was very welcome! Members of the Fiveways Artists Group were due to be part of the Brighton Festival and Open Houses in May, which of course was cancelled, so this exhibition is a snapshot of a ‘show that never was’.
In the early 1980’s Yorkshire painter Ned Hoskins moved to Brighton and decided to open his house to visitors during the 1982 Brighton Festival. By 1988, a small number of Artist Open Houses became a feature of the Festival. Ned and 4 other artists formed the Fiveways Artists Group, initially know as ‘Five at Fiveways’. I became a member of this group after first opening my house as an independent artist in 2004. I opened my house for the first time as a Fiveways artist during the Brighton Festival in 2005. After a break of a few years I was due to open my house again this year together with Sarah Dudley, collectable soft toy maker, and Darren Ball, embroiderer, both Sussex Guild members, but all plans changed with the arrival of the virus.
My textile artwork can be seen alongside the work of 15 other members of the current Fiveways Artists Group, their varied work creates an interesting, eclectic show. St. Augustine’s is an interesting spacious arts venue and boasts a vegan cafe for refreshments and a garden with seating. Open daily July 13th – November 15th 9.00am – 5.00pm. St. Augustine’s Arts Centre is at Stanford Ave. Brighton BN1 6EA.
The Fiveways artists group are committed to showing how artwork can find its place in a domestic setting. we hope you enjoy this exhibition, albeit you cannot sit on the sofa!