What’s On This Week: Arts and Culture

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Here’s our weekly round-up of the most intriguing and fun things happening in the arts scene of Brighton this week. There’s art, coffee, cinema and more so get out into the sunshine and enjoy what Brighton has to offer!


Spotlight: Sophie Abbott and Becky Blair

Spotlight is the chance for Phoenix to showcase their artists and their artistic practices. Tonight there’s an evening of creative discussion, stimulating insights and flowing wine. This week they’re showing off the work of Sophie Abbott, an experimental painter who “paints spontaneously as a reaction to the environment she finds herself in”. She creates semi-abstract landscapes drenched in atmospheric colour and aims to capture the essence of the environment around her. They are also showing Becky Blair, a painter who draws influence from “her everyday observations to life’s greatest challenges”. She creates work that blurs the lines between reality and the abstract. Head down to Phoenix from 6pm to hear them discuss their work.

Phoenix Brighton. 10-14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB.

Clock Tower Cinema Presents: Westworld

The Clock Tower Cinema at Quadrant pub is building a slow but steady following of cult film lovers. This week’s edition is Westworld, set in a futuristic theme park where guests can pretend to be gun-slingin’ cowboys in an artificial Wild West in a world populated by androids. Follow Blane and Martin as they get into havoc and mayhem after a malfunction in the system. The screening is free but it’d be nice if you buy a drink to support the pub before heading upstairs! There’s popcorn for everyone and only 50 spots so get there early.



Metal Casting Jewellery Workshop

This three hour workshop will be taking place at the North Laine Brewhouse and offers the opportunity to turn your treasures, trinkets and found objects into beautiful pieces of jewellery. The class will teach you how to cast with sand casting, the method used to create small-batch and one off pieces. You will work with recycled pewter and is a great chance to learn the processes of silver-jewellery making as a novice. There’s three casting included in the £30 ticket and for a small amount extra you can create as many as you want! You’ll need to book tickets here but this is a great and unique class in Brighton!

North Laine Brewhouse. 27 Gloucester Place, BN1 4AA.

Pop Up Print School

A workshop for printers of all abilities, join StencilMoose this Tuesday for a screen printing workshop and talk. Those taking part will create their own stencils from scratch, learn how to transfer them onto a screen and produce a series of prints from your own designs. Everything needed to print is provided but if you want to bring your own design (no bigger than A3) already printed out that’s okay too! Get your tickets here.

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For just five pounds, Fabrica are showing the 1986 carnival-esque biopic of Caravaggio. The film won critical acclaim when it first came out and tells an intricate story of the power of Caravaggio’s imagery as well as the story of his life, death, love and everything in between. The director Derek Jarman laces in recreations of many of the artist’s most famous works, with “the screen often split between painting and model, art and life, so that we are prompted to consider the space between them”. The film screening is part of a series of events by University of Sussex exploring the critical and creative responses to Caravaggio and his art. “In Caravaggio, at the mid-point or centre of the film, Caravaggio himself (Nigel Terry) is wounded in a fight with Ranuccio (Sean Bean): “in the wound, a question is answered; all art is against lived experience.” We expect, from the moment the wound is made, the resulting tableau; the size and location of the wound immediately recalls Caravaggio’s painting. What should we make of this identification of Caravaggio with Christ? This is a question that we invite you to join us in asking”. Book tickets here.


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David Shrigley’s Animations

David Shrigley is this year’s Guest Director at Brighton Festival. He’s known for his avant-garde and distinctive style. He satirically comments on the mundanities of day-to-day life as well as the socio-political issues of the world. His unique take on human interactions and semi-abstract drawings have garnered him a huge following, with the fourth plinth in London being given to his ‘Really Good’ giant thumb in 2016. His artworks naturally translate into animations and this Wednesday is the first of three opportunities to see a selection of his animated work. The event is free but places are limited so contact Fabrica and reserve a spot! They are also being shown on 7th May and 15th May.

Fabrica Gallery. 40 Duke Street, BN1 1AG.

David Shrigley: Life Model II

During the day before his animations are being shown there’s the opportunity to take part in Shrigley’s take on life drawing. True to his artistic style, this installation-cum-workshop replaces the traditional life model with a nine-foot tall sculpture of a woman. Those taking part are invited to sit, observe and draw the model using materials provided by Fabrica. All of the artworks created will be hung up as part of the exhibition. This idea lays testament to Shrigley’s involvement of Brighton’s artistic community for this year’s festival. The opening day is this Thursday but the exhibition is running until 27th May so there’s ample opportunity to sit and draw.

Fabrica Gallery. 40 Duke Street, BN1 1AG.


An Evening of Coffee with the Flour Pot Bakery

It’s UK Coffee Week soon so the lovely people at Flour Pot are hosting a class which offers the chance to learn the industry secrets of how to make a perfect coffee! There’s an introduction to speciality coffee, a lesson in identifying notes and origins of different blends, a guide to home brewing, how to use a variety of coffee-makers (V60, Aeropress and French Press), the tricks to latte art and more! Tickets are a little pricey at £50 but when you can learn tips and tricks it takes years to master in 2 and a half hours, it’s worth the price!

41 First Avenue, BN3 2FH.


DJ Workshop for Women & Non-Binary People

Throughout this month, Local Record Store are taking over Pop-Up Brighton. So far, there’s been a take-over by Platform B, a great opening party and lots more lined up over the coming weeks. This Thursday’s event is the second collaboration with Platform B and is for novices and DJ’s just starting out wanting to progress to the next stages of their venture into the electronic world. The workshop will be split into two sections, the first part is open to everyone and will be a panel of speakers who run night clubs in Brighton, run radio stations and DJ as a profession. The talk will cover how to brand yourself, the differing genres of music, how to use equipment, where to actually start DJ’ing and tips and tricks for when you’re performing. There’s a second part of the night that’s now sold out which is a one-on-one masterclass in DJ’ing with some of the panel. Pop-Up Brighton is a great space and this is a great chance to see a line-up of all femme DJ’s talk about what they do so well.

Pop-Up Brighton. 76-81 Kings Road Arches, BN1 2FN.

Bits & Pieces Brighton // collage edition

Taking place at Marwoods’, bits & pieces is a workshop combining life drawing with creative writing. For this edition they are adding a whole new medium into the mix with collage. It’s open to people of all creative abilities so anyone is welcome. They recommend that you arrive at 7 as it tends to get pretty busy and you can guarantee a good spot. It only costs a fiver, which for a life drawing session in Brighton is a golden find! Bring your pals and check out Marwoods’ cocktail menu for some delicious treats.

Marwood Bar & Coffeehouse. 52 Ship Street, BN1 1AF.


Spectacular Cinema Presents: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Join Captain Zissou and the team on the Belafonte as they search the ocean for the Jaguar Shark. Spectacular Cinema seriously encourages dressing up with a prize for the best dressed so don your red hat and blue shirt. The event includes a mini disco, a Wes Anderson Trivia game, a screening of the film and a special prize for those who find the Jaguar Shark! It’s at a secret Brighton location so you have to book in advance but details will be announced soon..

Secret location…


A Taste of Bloomsbury in Brighton: Women’s Weekend Getaway

This weekend Diva Destinations are hosting a getaway for like-minded women. It will be comprised of visits to Monk’s House, the home of Virginia Woolf and a guided tour of Charleston House, the home of Vanessa Bell and was the hub of the Bloomsbury Group. There will be a light lunch and a quick, fun quiz as the group trundles through the Sussex countryside. On Friday and Saturday night there will be a group dinner in Brighton restaurants and on Sunday they will take those participating by coach to Seven Sisters national park for a walk along the ever-inspiring Sussex cliffs.

Various locations.

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