The Image Circle
(John Dominik, Alan Frost, Gerry Gavigan, Sean Lewis and Tony Stevens.)
6th September – 19th September 2021
The Image Circle return to the gallery and hope this exhibition is as well received and enjoyed as their first in 2017. The group of five, local photographers have been busy producing new work and although they follow similar genres, they each have something different to bring. The photography on show will reflect their dedication to their craft as well as represent their individual approach and vision to their landscape and wildlife photography.
Many of the images are from favourite, West Sussex locations of both coast and country with John Dominick showing work from Climping Beach as well as the frequently visited Welsh coast of Harlech Beach. Alan Frost will be showing his thoughtfully crafted and beautifully printed monochromes, whilst Gerry Gavigan and Sean Lewis will show the diversity of the local and wider UK landscapes, through their memorable creations. Tony Stevens will show the creative side of wildlife photography in his unique way, alongside his stunning, habitat based work. All the photographers will be at the gallery over both weekends and look forward to sharing their work and stories with you.
Adam Aaronson and friends
17th August – 5th September 2021
Bright Horizons focusses on a brighter future with continuing exploration in creative practices. It also celebrates the coming together of all artists as exhibitions, workshops and art venues are once again open to all.
Glassmaker Adam Aaronson has had a summer like no other. In 2020, Covid restrictions enforced some extra and welcome studio time which enabled him to experiment with new glass work techniques. Now all those hours toiling over a hot furnace have come to light as he exhibits throughout this summer at several prestigious venues. For his final flourish he has gathered together a bunch of creative friends to present Bright Horizons at The Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester.
Adam says, “I have always been fascinated by horizons and these have been a feature in my own glass art for years. So when I was selecting the ten artists to join me in this exhibition at the Oxmarket, I was naturally drawn to some whose focus on the horizon in their work was also paramount.
But the title “Bright Horizons” relates as much to the expansive outlook of these artists as to the content of their work. I think we are all coming out of lockdown in a process of metamorphosis. Perhaps we are akin to butterflies emerging from a chrysalis or bumblebees awakening from of hibernation, and spreading our wings in the sunshine.
Flying towards the horizon which perhaps mirrors the fact that, in every artwork we create, we are consciously looking ahead and striving to improve on the previous one. Looking towards the horizon, our future is bright.”
2nd August – 16th August
The Society of Designer Craftsmen
The Society of Designer Craftsmen (SDC) returned to the Oxmarket and was very proud to present their 2021 summer exhibition – Excellence. Having had almost a year of unexpected studio time to explore and experiment, members of the Society created a stunning new collection of contemporary craft works. Combining innovative thought with supreme craftsmanship, over 30 artists were selected to showcase their highly original and inspiring work in many mediums including textiles, ceramics, glass, wood, paper, silver and jewellery.
Please click here for more information about the Excellence exhibition.
13th July – 1st August
The National Acrylic Painters’ Association
The National Acrylic Painters’ Association (NAPA) was formed in 1985 by Ken Hodgson. It evolved from the concept that acrylic paint was largely unrecognised in its own right. Oil and watercolour paints started from the same premise and it follows that acrylic paint should have equal status as a new and developing medium.
Acrylic paint is the 20th Century’s positive contribution to painting. It is a medium that is capable of the widest range of approaches in techniques and methods, thus stimulating creativity and fresh thinking in theory and art ideology.
29th June – 11th July
Alchemy – ARTEL contemporary art
Alchemy – a transformation; a strange chemistry tinged with the inexplicable; a magical process. Our group found this title full of inspiration and possibilities and this, together with the extraordinary experience of life during a pandemic, has led each artist’s focus, resulting in an exciting and varied exhibition. We are all so pleased to be able to show our work again, and to be part of the Festival of Chichester.
Following her work as a vaccination volunteer, Liz Hanan turned used vaccination syringe packets into a thousand origami cranes. These have become a hanging installation in the shape of a sphere. According to Chinese culture, the crane symbolizes hope, health and longevity, a striking parallel with the COVID vaccination programme. Linda Nevill collaborated with the elements in her garden, relinquishing some control of outcomes and allowing alchemy to occur. Working on paper, she conducted a number of seven-day projects, each day intuitively adding mixed media to the marks created by weather.
On a trip to New Zealand in early 2020, Sue England witnessed the work of nature, as it bubbled, mixed, repelled and changed. In response, she has produced prints and books, using materials that react and repel, to give a sense of that amazing place. Landscape artist Catharine Somerville also sees alchemy in the shifting tensions of nature, painting for example the enchantment of a peach orchard transforming from winter starkness to a glory of blossom.
With greater focus on our homes, Sehila Craft considered daily rituals, particularly our national penchant for tea drinking. She dried the tea bags used by her household in twelve months, then removed the tea. Carol Naylor has handstitched long-forgotten metallic threads and fabric pieces into her machine embroideries.
Sandra Izard found new inspiration in her daily walks on the South Downs. A field of dandelion seed heads resonated during such a time of tragic loss of life, emphasizing the fragility of existence. She used the medium of collage to express this, and memories of favourite coastal places. Deborah Richards has created a series of monotypes to express an alchemist’s response to the sun and moon on water. Watercolourist Bridget Woods also draws inspiration from nature.
Polly Dutton’s work depicts the changing state of her emotions during lockdown. Her series of paintings called ‘Bring Back the Red’ moves from the fog of uncertainty to the return of colour in life. Isabel Dodson also places emphasis on the alchemy of colour in her work. Aldobranti is exhibiting photographic results from ongoing research into the cultural entanglement of the cast shadow with the Other, while Jackie Knee is showing an intriguing automaton with drawings.
In a new departure for Artel, five artists are giving talks and demonstrations during the show to share their process with visitors, and the exhibition will celebrate an optimistic return to normality.
Artel is a contemporary art group from diverse backgrounds, based in Chichester. Artel was formed in 1997 to inspire, generate and incubate work. Members are artists at different stages in their creative careers, meeting together regularly to discuss ideas which can be taken forward into studio practice. Such collective thinking acts as a foundation for the Annual Exhibition and for each exhibition, a conceptual theme is chosen by the group. Artists will then produce work as a response to this theme.
15th – 27th June
Chichester Art Society Summer Exhibition 2021
The Society’s annual exhibition of original art offers a wonderful opportunity to acquire unique artwork at an affordable price. There will be a wide range of works including paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics.
The Society was formed in 1939 and is at the heart of the art community in Chichester and the surrounding area. The exhibition showcases the creative work of its members from professionals to hobby artists.
Following a challenging year, the CAS hopes to return to its full programme of fortnightly demonstrations and talks by visiting professional artists, one day workshops with professional art tutors, a weekly drop in session “Painting with Friends”, summer sketching outings, a reference and borrowing library of art books and DVDs. Please visit the website for dates and details of our programme of events for 2021 – www.chi-art-soc.org
25th May – 6th June
Construction of our totally revitalised building is almost complete. Work started in January this year and we re-opened last month. To ‘officially launch’ our re-opening we are holding a sensational exhibition – stART – running from 25th May to 6th June to showcase the transformational changes to the building, alongside leading artists’ work.
We have several artists who haven’t exhibited with us before – both local and national – who we believe will be of great interest to our audience; as well as several artists who have exhibited previously.
Artists exhibiting include Philip Jackson CVO, Pippa Blake, Margo Selby, Richard Perry and John Hitchens.
11 May – 23 May
‘From Norway to Chichester’ – Ghislaine Davis
The exhibition is of oil paintings and watercolours from Norway, France and the area around Chichester. There are motives from where Ghislaine has lived from her keen amateur photographer husband’s photographs. After visiting her husband’s sister in Canada, she was introduced to the Canadian Group of Seven who have been a constant influence for their use of colours, light and winter landscapes.
Living in Norway gave Ghislaine plenty of opportunity to paint snowscapes that really interested her. The interesting skies and seascapes in Chichester area have also been an inspiration as in the west of Norway.
27 April – 9 May
Houseboat Artists, ‘In and Out of The Frame.’
“We are a diverse group of artists who, prior to the Covid pandemic, met regularly on a Shoreham Houseboat.
Since lockdown we have continued to keep in contact via WhatsApp and Zoom and have inspired one another to keep on creating.
We present an interesting variety of work – sculpture, painting, drawing, prints, mosaic, collage, hand made books and cards and more.
Our first joint exhibition in 2019 at Skyway gallery, Shoreham was a huge success and we are now fired up for our next, in the beautiful setting of the Oxmarket”
20 – 25 April
‘The Art of Clive McBain’
“I am delighted this April to have been invited back to The Oxmarket Gallery to exhibit both my representational and contemporary paintings in the beautiful John Rank Gallery, a gallery which never fails to fill me full of joy.
Although this exhibition is for one week only, it affords me an opportunity to show my paintings in beautiful surroundings.
My work has pleased so many people over the years, paintings that clearly illustrate my love of detail, craftmanship and meticulous rendering over a large range of subjects.
A few of my representational paintings are in a more colourful, contemporary style and because they are sizable, look impressive as a main feature on a large wall.
I have sold illustrations and paintings internationally. My work has been featured on ITV Meridian Television, in “Sussex Life” extensively in The Sussex Press and many times at The Oxmarket Gallery.”
Clive has exhibited in London and across the South Coast, and has held six two-week solo exhibitions at Petworth House West Sussex to great acclaim.