Archive 2016

Highlights of events 2016

 

BRIGHT TO LIGHT TO BLACK 11 – 29 January

We launched the new year with a solo exhibition of new paintings from long term resident artist Jillian Eldridge.
Migrating figures move through landscapes, distilled down to a blurred image, separated from the viewer by an over painted grid.  Images of beauty which suggest a atmosphere of contemplation. Jillian recently held her first solo show in London, “Slipping Away”, at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch.

 

FOUND an accidental encounter 3 – 10 February

The unexpected, the accidental, the unpredictable. The personal experience of finding something out of the blue. It could be a memory, a long lost friend or an object which might initiate a change or transformation. Group exhibition curated by Angelika Howard featuring work by Nick Archer, Sue Batt, David Crew, Jenny Edrooke, Jillian Eldridge, Anny Evason, Ros Faram, Paula MacArthur, Jenny Pockley and  Stephanie Rubin.

 

 

NAVIGATE: Re-envisioning Landscape 8 – 30 April

Ian Brown, Gary Mckay, Steph Rubin  – NAVIGATE brings together a printmaker, a sculptor and a scientist, each with a unique and contemporary approach to describing the earth’s landscape.

 

CORRESPOND 6 May – 10 June

Correspond is an international collective of painters who first came together on the Turps Art School Correspondence Course.
This exhibition is an extension of an intensive period of online critique between peers and their painter-mentors which now creates a place where the paintings can be seen in the real rather than the digital world and the artists can respond directly to one another’s work.

 

 

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ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW FESTIVAL

ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW is a collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the 1968 Antiuniversity of London in an ongoing programme of free and inclusive learning events.  ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW challenges academic and class hierarchy through an open invitation to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere.
As part of Antiuniversity Now 2016 RCC hosted two artist development events.

 

ABC (Artist Boot Camp) as part of Antiuniversity Now festival – 8 June

ABC involved a small group of artists coming together for an intensive day of sharing ideas and opinions of one another’s work. The aim of the day was to have a rigorous in-depth insight into each individuals work, as well      as  an opportunity to meet new artists in a supportive environment.  Paula MacArthur faciliated the event, she is a painter, curator and organiser of the De La Warr Pavilion Artists Crit Group. The Crit group meet monthly to provide an informal forum in which local artists can show and discuss their work and develop their practice.

 

Social Media for Artists (as part of Antiuniversity Now festival) – 9 June

This workshop offered an opportunity to start from scratch and set up twitter, instagram and facebook accounts. This session gave artists the chance to ask questions, set up profiles and get advice on how to utilise social media for networking and promotion.

 

 

 

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SOLSTICE BLOOMS 17 June – 2 July

An exhibition of work by resident artist Jenny Edbrooke.  Following her sell out debut show ‘Floratopia’ in Summer 2015, Jenny returned with more shiny fantasies which explore metaphysics alongside neo-feminism. These seductive works stay true to their political and spiritual roots whilst embracing kitsch with a self-ridiculing dash of humour and a hint of pop art sexiness.

 

 

 

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EAST SUSSEX PRINT EXCHANGE
 4 – 15 July 
A selection of printmakers connected to East Sussex each created an edition of 15 prints; 4 for sale, 1 for the Sussex Coast College Hastings Print Study Collection and 10 for swaps between one another.  This exhibition featured the first edition print from each artist.

 

 

We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have 2 September – 1 October

Alice AndersonPhil IllingworthEvy Jokhova 
This exhibition took inspiration from The Europeans, a novel by Rye author Henry James on the 100th anniversary of his death. The exhibition is a contemporary reflection on James’ tale of the relationship between ex-pats who cling onto the traditions and etiquette of their homeland much more fiercely than their less restrained, visiting cousins.
The artists all explore ideas of boundaries, restraint and liberation and communicate their own personal responses using their own, unique visual languages. In bringing their works together at this particular time curator, Paula MacArthur, seeks to create some resonance with current European issues and invites discussion from both personal and political viewpoints. This exhibition forms part of Rye Arts Festival and Root 1066 International Festival.

FOR ALL TIME – 19 September
Imagine it is 1613. William Shakespeare & John Fletcher meet in a room above a Southwark pub. After a successful London run, Rye Arts Festival brings For All Time to Fletcher’s birthplace.  Written by Rick Thomas, For All Time asks questions about Shakespeare’s life, Fletcher’s domestic arrangements and which is the best pub in London.

 

 

OPEN STUDIOS –  23 & 24 September
Rye Creative Centre opened its doors for a rare look inside the studios. New Road Artists were in their studios ready to discuss their work and meet with visitors.

 

 

 

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EAST SUSSEX PRINT EXCHANGE
 4 – 15 July
A selection of printmakers connected to East Sussex each created an edition of 15 prints; 4 for sale, 1 for the Sussex Coast College Hastings Print Study Collection and 10 for swaps between one another.  This exhibition featured the first edition print from each artist.

 

 

 

 

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