Exhibitions are like buses… you wait ages for them and then suddenly two roll up at once! This week I’m pleased to announce my participation in two exhibitions in London and Brighton.
Today let me begin by proudly announcing the second group exhibition by art collective KUTAC, of which I am a member. Our summer show ‘SEE’ opens this Thursday at the Fishing Quarter Gallery, situated in one of the picturesque arches on Brighton’s promenade, close to the Palace Pier.
Opening times and dates; Thursday 28th July - Monday 8th August, 11-5 daily. Private view Friday 29th July 6-9pm. 201 Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NB
Here’s the lowdown on KUTAC. The group was formed back in 2009 as a forum for creatives from differing disciplines to get together every once in a while, have a cuppa and workshop any ideas/creative problems. Originally this was characterized as being a helping hand for those whose project needed a bit of a shot in the arm/kick up the arse from like-minded souls. The joky initial nickname ‘kick up the arse collective’ stuck, eventually being shortened to the KUTAC acronym.
I felt the benefit of the group right from the word go – I was several months into the development of my ‘Numbers’ book, and just reaching that awkward self-questioning stage where I had started to ask myself ‘will anyone else get this but me?’ The positive vibes and practical advice I received at the meetings gave me the stone cold determination to see the project through.
Last year we organized our first group exhibition, at Brighton Media Centre, as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe. Later in the year we also took part in the New England House Open studios. Earlier this year, a few of our members participated in the group exhibition Telling Tales at East Grinstead Arts Centre. This latter show has played a key part in the development of my forthcoming London show (to be announced later this week).
The Fishing Quarter Gallery show will feature the work of Hannah Buckley (fine art), Patrick Fitzsimons (photography), Cloe Gillies (painting/illustration), Ellen Stewart (painting), Kate Stewart (painting) and Wendy Ward (fashion/textiles). This year we are sponsored by Barefoot Wine, so consider yourself invited down to the gallery on Friday evening to raise a glass with us!