Summer is a great time to be in West Sussex, with a wealth of art exhibitions to visit. Have a look at our monthly event guide to discover a few of the shows we’d recommend.
All through this summer, you can make an appointment to view the work of Kate Boucher, at Zimmer Stewart’s Crypt Gallery in Ford Road. The show displays Kate’s haunting works in charcoal and pastels, depicting the changing nature of landscapes at liminal times like dawn and dusk.
20th to 29th August
Some of Kate’s works will also be on display in a group exhibition at the Crypt Gallery. They’ll be shown alongside some of Holly Frean’s renowned Dogs pictures, together with colourful prints and paintings by Tom Farthing under the title Fairground Pop.
9th July to 24th September
Continuing this month at Gallery 57, you shouldn’t miss a chance to visit the Blue exhibition. A collection of works by various artists, all focusing on the nature and infinite variety of blues. Works include cyanotypes, watercolours, textiles and ceramics, displaying the versatility of the contributing artists and their choice of media.
Until 31st August
Arundel Contemporary presents a group showing by various artists at its Mixed Summer Exhibition. You can see contemporary works on display in a wide range of styles, including still life, figures, landscapes and more.
Until February 2023
The Art of Chichester exhibition began this summer at the Novium Museum and will run throughout the autumn and winter. Part of Chichester’s Culture Spark celebrations, this exhibition uses a variety of art forms to narrate the development of the city from a seaside resort in 1962 to its present-day hub of inspiration and culture.
Oxmarket Centre of Arts
2nd to 28th August
If you’re an aspiring artist, August is your big chance at the Oxmarket. During August you can enter your work in the first Oxmarket Contemporary Open Exhibition. Prestigious judges will be awarding prizes in five categories, including a fully funded exhibition at the Oxmarket Centre for the winner. You can submit entries in print and photography, painting, drawing & illustration, the applied arts (craft) and sculpture.
Pallant House Gallery
Until 23rd October
Glyn Philpot R.A. (1884-1937) was an innovative British artist who started out painting society portraits. Many of society’s rich and famous sat for him, but Philpot was unusual in his pursuit of more unconventional subjects, including gay and black sitters. This is the first exhibition of his work in 40 years, and it includes sculptures as well as drawings and portraits. Evolving into a radical modernist, Philpot liked to explore the controversial, playing a strong role in themes of identity and representation.
1st to 31st August
Artist Jane Denman is showing her figure paintings at the East Beach Studios this month, on the seafront at Worthing. She likes to explore the range of human emotions as expressed in stories. She then conveys them on canvas or paper, primarily in acrylics.
2nd to 6th August
August at Colonnade house kicks off with an exhibition of typography and letterpress design by Tom Boulton, entitled Letterpress Now! An experienced letterpress typographical designer and printer, Tom experiments with different typefaces and materials to present the latest developments in his art. He will be running the show as an interactive workshop – you can register to participate.
9th to 14th August
Two shows will be running this week. In Gallery 2 you’ll find images and merchandise relating to a famous national character, Dippy the Dinosaur. Originally on tour from his home at the Natural History Museum, Dippy the Dino Show-osaurus displays a selection of colourful screen prints depicting his adventures around Worthing. In Gallery 1, Adventures in Invisible Light showcases the works of experimental photographer Ed Watts, using different types of photographic technique. During lockdown, Ed spent a lot of time tramping the South Downs, and many of the works on show reflect his fascination with the light there.
16th to 21st August
Dee Rose joins with Mel Elston-Mendones to present DMs this week. This show exhibits the varied socially and ecologically conscious creations of local upcycler Dee alongside the innovative and intuitive work of international artist Mel.
Also this week you can see the Eclectic Mix of Michele Morod, who takes anything and everything as a starting point for inspiration. She presents a selection of work in various media, including photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, digital and collage.
23rd August to 4th September
Colonnade House studio member Glenn Phur presents an exhibition entitled Art for your Home – Art for your Heart. Some of the paintings tell stories or depict playful characters, while many others are portraits in acrylics or oils. Glenn is a portrait specialist with 40 years’ experience, but he also gets inspiration from other sources, such as his Little Red Boat series.
Until 19th August
The exhibition Frank Auerbach: Unseen is in its closing stages at the Newlands House Gallery in Petworth. You can see over 65 paintings, etchings and drawings collected here, produced during a long and prolific career. It includes portraits of known and unknown figures, often laid down in layer upon layer of oils that evolve into a 3D effect. Some of these works are on loan from the nation’s top galleries. Many have never been exhibited before.
Many exhibitions offer artworks for sale, which you may want to have framed for your home. Framing is our business at Lasermark, so if you have any picture or 3D object you’d like to display, we’d be delighted to help!