Back this weekend for its annual celebration of contemporary art and design, the Brighton Art Fair returns to the Brighton Dome.
This year the Brighton Art Fair has combined with Made Brighton to bring us a room full of 50 exciting artists and designers.
Hung on the wall of her stand delicate sculptures made simply from wire cast shadows on the wall. Designed initially on paper Helaina's drawings are re-created into 2 and 3 dimensional structures. On show were two miniature grandfather clocks with working clock faces that were surrounded by very elegant skeletal forms. On the back wall was a piece inspired by our iconic Brighton pier and to the side were some lovely little teacups hung in a row.
Brightly coloured and professionally finished we were instantly drawn to the Art House Meath Collection. What made the products even more wonderful were the stories behind the attractively packaged soaps, chocolates and tubs of fudge. Set up over ten years ago by Becky, Art House Meath of Godalming has created the most amazing organisation to help support, develop and encourage people living with epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties. I fell in love with a mug covered in bright green flowers designed by Laura Tregellas.
100% of their sales revenue goes towards sustaining the enterprise and it has proved so successful that they're looking to set up a second hub in Brighton.
The fabulous Hove-based leather designer is back at the show with more of his signature satchels. He has a loyal following, including me, after I bought a bag from him last December and haven't stopped talking about it or using it since. My bag has received quite a few admiring comments and it really was a worthwhile purchase. This is the go-to man for bags and he's at the fair, so grab a bag while you can.
Appearing on the Chalk Gallery stand (the same name is just a coincidence) we found pieces of driftwood and found objects transformed into seaside sculptures. Painted in a shadowy palette of blues, greys and greens the colours gave the sculptures a slightly mysterious ethereal quality. In some there was a huge contrast between the depth of the sea and the buildings on top, which I found thought provoking. The sculptures also seemed to capture an element of storytelling that Nadia makes use of in her other role as illustrator.
Caroline has appeared on this blog before with her unforgettable wedding ballet pump. Interested in the themes of memory and fragility, reminiscent of a cabinet of curiosity her collection this time was full of contrast with crisp creams and shadowy colours. Basically everything, everything on her stand from the dusky charcoal-coloured pictures to the delicate objects in glass cabinets were fascinating and beautiful.
The artists above are just a few of the works that are exhibited this weekend. Also on show and previously highlighted are Elaine Bolt, Rachel Eardley, Frances Doherty and Phoebe Jewellery, all of whom are still producing the most wonderful work.
BRIGHTON ART FAIR and MADE BRIGHTON
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September
Brighton Dome – The Corn Exchange
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