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Monday 19 April 2021

Unlocked: Brighton Gallery Set To Reopen Its Doors With A Visual Response To Lockdown

After almost five months, 35 North Contemporary Fine Art, in Brighton, will be reopening to the public on Saturday 1st May. 
Credit Seymour Bird

Thier first exhibition, Unlocked, features new works by artist John Whiting. 

This collection of paintings and drawings in oils, pastels and inks expresses John's response to lockdown in our city - from walking the empty streets to exploring the South Downs. Unlocked runs from Saturday 1st May - Saturday 29th May. 

Next up art collective Seymour Bird come to the gallery. 

Originally scheduled to take place during the 2020 Brighton Festival, Do You Come Here Often is an open call exhibition collecting stories of nights out in Brighton that have in some way shaped the people who lived them. 

Designed to explore the range of experiences that can be had in the city after dark, you are invited to share the tales, fails, wisdom from strangers and messages from the heart scrawled on the back of the toilet door that have stayed with you. 

In the words of Seymour Bird: "this is our love letter to the independent entertainment venues of Brighton, something that feels even more poignant since we have been unable to visit them for so long!" 

To find out how to take part visit

Do You Come Here Often opens on Saturday 5th June and runs until Saturday 20th June.

In July Alexander Johnson brings GUERNICA/GERNIKA to 35 North. 

"The paintings are a series I made after a visit to the Basque town, which was bombed by fascist forces in 1937. 

"I have worked from photographs taken after the bombing and combined these with images that I sketched of the rebuilt town on my visit in 2019. 

"The town is now thriving in spite of the devastation and subsequent suppression it endured for forty years under General Franco" explains Alex. 

The exhibition will be held from 1 - 24 July.

35 North is still finalising the details of our August/September shows (more details to follow shortly) but they can offer a sneak preview of something very exciting they have coming up in October.

Born Makers is a Brighton based furniture making workshop, specialising in one off and small batch production pieces. 

The designers unique blend of craftsmanship and artistry results in pieces that are both functional and beautiful to look at. 

The working title for the exhibition is Living Room as that is exactly what visitors to 35 North will experience. More details to follow.....

35 North Contemporary Fine Art is situated at 35 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB. Opening hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 - 5.30pm unless otherwise stated.

by: Mike Cobley


Midsummer Day, 21st June, sees the return of Make Music Day; a worldwide celebration of music in person, online and beyond. 
Credit Karina Barberis

In a world where we're taught to aspire to unattainable levels of perfection, Brighton-bound Dublin singer-songwriter-producer Orla Gartland's unfiltered honesty is a breath of fresh air. 
Credit Mike Hoban

Glyndebourne Festival 2021 continues in June with further performances of Kát'a Kabanová and Il turco in Italia and a concert from Robin Ticciati and the London Philharmonic Orchestra that explores ancient and modern English music.
Credit Danilo Moroni

Lost Dog's award-winning performance, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is to be revived and re-staged at Brighton Dome, on Saturday 26th June.
Credit Edward Gilroy

Saving Grace will be visiting De La Warr Pavilion on next month, featuring Robert Plant OBE on vocals. This will be the singer's first time performing at the East Sussex venue based in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Arriving on the scene in summer 2019, the Brighton Comedy Garden enjoyed a hugely successful first year with thousands of comedy fans flocking to the festival.

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to step back: to reflect on who you are, where you've come from, and where you'd like to go next.
Credit Steph Wilson

Lump – the product of London singer-songwriter Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of the band Tunng – return with a new track from their upcoming sophomore album Animal, as well as announcing a date in Brighton, later this year.

In March 2020 character comedy duo Horseplay (Kathy Maniura and Derek Mitchell) were poised for a big summer. Kathy had just won Leicester Square Sketch Off. Derek had been granted an 'Exceptional Talent' visa by the Home Office.
Credit David Bickerstaff

Brighton-based award-winning art documentary filmmakers, David Bickerstaff & Phil Grabsky, announce the release of their latest film, Sunflowers, which will be in UK cinemas from 8th June 2021.

Something mysterious, sensual and exotic has arrived in town from now until 26th June 2021, especially for the Brighton Fringe 2021
Credit Ilse Bing

The Glyndebourne Archive holds a wealth of material about the people, productions and origins of its world-renowned opera house. 

Fifteen months of darkness have passed. No parties. No funding. But no worries: it might have been the bleakest ever period in the long and storied history of Brighton's The Arch, but the club never gave up hope. 

As one of the organisations in Brighton and Hove in receipt of a grant from the government's Culture Recovery Fund, Brighton Early Music Festival are delighted to be playing a part in bringing live music back to the city with a Midsummer Season of eight outdoor events.

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