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  • 2019 UK Art Fairs Review from artrepublic

    See the highlights that caught our eye at this year’s fairs. From internationally renowned artists to breakthrough talent, artrepublic continues to showcase the most exciting artwork of today as part of a unique collection of framed limited edition and rare prints in our Brighton gallery. ....
    See the highlights that caught our eye at this year’s fairs. From internationally renowned artists to breakthrough talent, artrepublic continues to showcase the most exciting artwork of today as part of a unique collection of framed limited edition and rare prints in our Brighton gallery. To keep us at the forefront of the contemporary art world, we follow the projects our artists are working on outside of the gallery and attend the most ambitious art fairs and events across the world to keep us in the know so we can continue to bring you the best pieces from a variety of artists. Read on for our round up of the art world and the world of artrepublic… artrepublic gallery at Manchester Art Fair artrepublic brought the essence of the artrepublic gallery all the way to Manchester to take part in one of the biggest art fairs in the UK attracting over 68,000 visitors each year. We may be biased but we think we had the best stall there… Our exclusive Manchester worker bee print, ‘This is the Place’ created by Manchester-born artist Elizabeth Waggett created quite a buzz! They are now available to buy in our Brighton gallery. ‘This is the Place’ by Elizabeth Waggett Pure Evil at Moniker The Pure Evil Installation at Moniker We weaved our way through walls pasted with collage, graffiti tags and trademark tears by Pure Evil at Moniker Art Fair. It was nice to see Liz Taylor enjoying the show - She hangs out in our Brighton gallery too. ‘Liz Love Richard - Lilac’ by Pure Evil. Available at our Brighton gallery Gary Stranger at Moniker Gary Stranger at Moniker art fair Gary Stranger presented a collection of clean and sleek monochrome graphic prints at Moniker. ‘Ecstasy’ continues Stranger’s celebration of typography and geometric forms with carefully arranged neon letters made to fit a perfect contrasting clean white circle. Available in our Brighton gallery. ‘Ecstasy’ by Gary Stranger. Available at our Brighton gallery   Sir Peter Blake at Paul Stolper Gallery ‘Clown 1 Rainbow’ by Sir Peter Blake Peter Blake unveiled a selection of clown originals at the Paul Stolper gallery in his well-known rainbow colour palette. We have a number of colourful pieces by Peter Blake in our Brighton gallery along with this glitter-finished clown which forms part of his ‘Reclaimed Icons’ series. ‘Reclaimed Icon – Clown’ by Sir Peter Blake. Available in our Brighton gallery Ian Davenport at the British Art Fair Ian Davenport at the British Art Fair These colourful stripes at the British Art Fair are a taste of Ian Davenport’s dynamic painting technique and a larger series by the artist; His huge canvas drenched in household paint was on display at the Royal Academy earlier this year and cemented his status as one of the highly sought after YBAs. We are delighted to have his Colour Splat and Fizz series in our Brighton gallery. ‘Fizz’ by Ian Davenport Grayson Perry at the British Art Fair ‘Britain is Best' by Grayson Perry at the British Art Fair Grayson Perry’s unique aesthetic of clashing, saturated colours and flat, juvenile perspective made an appearance at The British Art Fair but this time in the medium of embroidery. Featuring five Loyalists from East Belfast riding a horse bearing a Royal Crown above a ‘Britain is Best’ banner. Grayson Perry’s new release, ‘Sponsored by You’ is now available in our Brighton gallery. A large woodblock print in Perry’s distinctive acid colours, the provocative piece targets, “all those people who earn loads of money by doing f*** all,” says Perry. ‘Sponsored by You’ by Grayson Perry. Available at our Brighton gallery Rich Simmons at Moniker The Rich Simmons wall at Moniker Art Fair Part of a series of wordsearch walls which have been appearing around the streets of London, Rich Simmons brought Street Art to the doors of contemporary urban art fair, ‘Moniker’ with another of his wordsearch stencils. An artist who combines Pop Art with contemporary Street Art, there are a range of Rich Simmons prints available in our Brighton gallery ’Reflections’ by Rich Simmons. Available at our Brighton gallery Euan Roberts at the Walruso Gallery Euan Roberts discusses his ‘Joyride’ show in our latest podcast artrepublic alumni, Euan Roberts took us for a ‘Joyride’ at his solo show at the Walruso gallery. The now completely sold out show featured a selection of joyfully optimistic prints in Euan’s typical bright colour palette. Euan discusses the inspiration behind his work, his love of colour and working for artrepublic in or latest podcast Art Related Noise. Subscribe and listen to our latest episodes. ‘I’m OK’ by Euan Roberts. Available in our Brighton gallery   Interested in any of these artworks? Contact our Brighton gallery on +44 (0) 1273 724829.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • The Lucy Sparrow Delicatessen is open!

    See her latest felt installation at the Rockerfeller Center, NYC. Lucy Sparrow is a British artist renowned for her joyful, tactile creations made of felt. She creates covetable, adorable felt versions of everyday goods, playfully subverting the mundane into something wonderful. We’re no....
    See her latest felt installation at the Rockerfeller Center, NYC. Lucy Sparrow is a British artist renowned for her joyful, tactile creations made of felt. She creates covetable, adorable felt versions of everyday goods, playfully subverting the mundane into something wonderful. We’re not sure how Sparrow managed to completely fill a room with hundreds of hand stitched faces and it not be terrifying, but she did. Sparrow’s latest interactive exhibition, her ‘Delicatessen on 6th’ at the Rockefeller Center in New York is pure joy. Harking back to her roots to her first kickstarter-funded felt corner shop in London 2014, this feature is more luxurious, more New York, and we’re excited.   Showcasing a bakery, a patisserie, a fishmonger, a cheese counter and a meat counter, there is every type of ingredient for the most discerning of gourmands. You’re invited to pick up a basket and start shopping, popping in a red velvet macaron with your chosen croissant, perhaps. Or maybe a delighted slice of brie to sit next to your hand-stitched avocado maki from the sushi counter. It’s an exuberant celebration of creativity, making something magical out of the everyday. Her art is accessible and fun, and as poignant as you’d like to make it. You could examine your relationship with consumerism and food, or you could purchase an adorable cinnamon bagel with a smiley face on it just because it makes you happy. The atmosphere at the exhibition was one of childlike glee. Where Sparrow excels is turning an everyday experience into something that delights and inspires. We’re used to seeing stunning felt squishiness from Sparrow, but the beaded eyes and the smiley faces add a new dimension. She’s essentially animating and giving a personality to foodstuffs, and we love it. It inspires your own creativity in what you see and connect with in the pieces. If it could speak, what kind of voice would it have? Would it be an intelligent or a silly croissant? Some of the exhibition goers and I decided that the scallops, with their iridescent shell crowns, were the high-maintenance prom queens of the sea. Whereas the clams, who were happy as they’re rumoured to be, were just thrilled to be there. There were some mysteriously sad chicken fillets, painted with sad faces. Upon enquiry it was revealed that sometimes the seamstresses and Sparrow decide that some of their creations are sad and alter their expressions accordingly. Perhaps these particular chicken fillets are non-organic and pumped full of hormones, we’ll never know. Sparrow might be showing the art world how to loosen up and have a good time, but it would be unwise to underestimate the genius of her choice to adorn her creations with faces. We’ve seen the successes of personification in cinema, for example Miyazaki’s animated films inspired by the Japanese belief in Shinto (the belief that everything has a soul), to the wide-eyed ceramics of Studio Arhoj. It’s refreshing to see Sparrow engage with the viewer in this way, heralding a new era for her work. Sparrow is now blurring the lines between art and toys whilst staying true to her trademark style. The Ceramic Sculptures of Studio Arhoj Miyazaki’s film ‘Howl's Moving Castle’ depicting an inanimate object with ‘Shinto’  We are delighted to stock a similar collection by Lucy Sparrow in our Brighton gallery from her 2018 exhibition, ‘Sparrow Mart’ held at The Standard, Downtown LA. ‘Such as Sad Time’ by Lucy Sparrow ‘Such a Sad Time’ is a kitchen cupboard style installation of everyday consumables as touchable toys. Featuring recognisable favourites from Heinz ketchup bottles to Jif peanut butter jars; tins of corned beef and packets of pasta; mayonnaise and canned chicken. If you’re interested in owning some of Sparrow’s work, please get in touch with us on +44 (0) 1273 724829.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • The Art of being more Sustainable – How we are doing our bit

    Find out how to turn your artrepublic packaging into Gift Vouchers. Read on for details... At the artrepublic gallery we understand the responsibility we have as a business to reduce our carbon footprint by taking the steps where possible to become more sustainable and reduce any negative imp....
    Find out how to turn your artrepublic packaging into Gift Vouchers. Read on for details... At the artrepublic gallery we understand the responsibility we have as a business to reduce our carbon footprint by taking the steps where possible to become more sustainable and reduce any negative impact we might have on the environment. We are not perfect, but we are making small changes every day to improve our processes and hope to be a fully sustainable business in the very near future. “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly” – Anne Marie Bonneau Enough is Enough by Jamie Reid What we already do; We now offer a rewarding, recycling service where if customers bring back the packaging their artwork came in, they can receive a £10 voucher for their next order (£25 for multiple artworks). That includes any cardboard tubes, foam corners, bubble wrap and paper. The packaging we use is reused as much as possible until it is no longer fit for purpose. At this point we recycle our packaging using Brighton Paper Round. www.paper-round.co.uk. Last year we recycled 4,360kg and saved 6,140kg of CO2. All the energy we use is from renewable sources:  Squeaky cleaned us up and Opus gave us solar power! We partner with sustainable printers: Generation Press were awarded Environmental/Sustainability company of the year at the Digital Printer Awards The frames we use are made from FSC wood - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on a wood or wood-based product is an assurance that it is made with, or contains, wood that comes from FSC certified forests or from post-consumer waste. We go paperless as much as we can - Payslips are emailed to our employees rather than printed and we use our laptops during meetings to avoid printing any documents unnecessarily. Any paper that we do use we make sure we recycle. Who gives a crap? We do! We made the switch to a 100% recycled toilet paper company who donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world. We signed up to the Refill scheme – Our Brighton gallery is now one of the locations you can top up your reusable water bottle! Arctic Tears by Joe Webb What we are planning to do: Switch our bubble wrap to a recycled plastic alternative bubble wrap. Create a carbon offset for the emissions created by our delivery van. Use our influence to encourage the use of sustainable printing methods where possible. Improve the recycling and management of waste from the frame production process. Continue to find ways of making small changes within the business to become more sustainable. Art is Eco-friendly Over the years we have become a disposable society and lost the art of buying for life. More people are rejecting this throwaway mindset and making more considered purchases that have more longevity. The purchase of art is environmentally friendly, energy efficient and easy to maintain. It is not something that needs to be regular serviced like your car or your home, so the initial investment has no extra upcoming costs to consider. It is not another commodity that outlives it usefulness with an expiring shelf life. In fact, art gets better with time - Often increasing in value it is a more worthwhile investment than buying an abundance of plastic items which you will soon lose their charm and end up in landfill. You are also investing in a person. With each purchase the artist can continue to create and bring joy to more people through their talent. The world needs artists and this is something that has been recognised by the Own Art scheme which is a 0% loan initiative supported by artrepublic. Own Art is helps support the artists of today by encouraging sales of their work to new buyers. Rainforest Rewild by CJP Our top tips for a sustainable trip to Brighton; Adopt the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ policy – Every time you visit a beach pick up 3 pieces of litter. If every person did this when visiting the beach it will make a huge impact in cleaning up our beaches and reducing sea pollution endangering the sea life. Have your ice cream in a cone rather than a single-use tub. Less waste and more to eat! Run out of water? Don’t buy another plastic bottle. Bring your refillable bottle to artrepublic and we will refill for you as part of refill Brighton. Make more considered purchases on your shopping trip. Marking a seaside getaway with a tacky souvenir may feel light-hearted and harmless but think twice about the longevity of such products and how much use you will get out of them. Will they continue to be of use to you and valued after a year, a month or even a week? The purchase of art is undoubtedly more substantial. You are buying the skill involved in making that piece, the inspiration behind it and the emotion it evokes in you. Many see the art they own as an extension of themselves – a way to capture part of their personality or an experience they have had. A new print can be a meaningful way to capture the memory of weekend that will last a lifetime and stir that memory every time you see the piece hanging in your home!   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Art as Resistance – How Extinction Rebellion use the Power of Art to fight their cause

    On 24th Oct artrepublic gallery will host, ‘Art as Resistance!’, a talk by Katy Beinart, esteemed lecturer at the University of Brighton. Register today to attend the event. Across the world, millions of people gathered for the biggest environmental protest in history as part of a global cl....
    On 24th Oct artrepublic gallery will host, ‘Art as Resistance!’, a talk by Katy Beinart, esteemed lecturer at the University of Brighton. Register today to attend the event. Across the world, millions of people gathered for the biggest environmental protest in history as part of a global climate strike. Brighton alone drew over 7000 participants with Extinction Rebellion as a strong presence throughout the event. Impossible to ignore, Extinction Rebellion describe themselves as an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to halt mass extinction and the risk of social collapse. Hailed as the most creative resistance movement in history, XR use design, typography, performance pieces and other art forms to promote their message. Their graphic design archive has recently been acquired by the V&A museum as part of their Rapid Response Collection of design objects that address questions of social, political, technological and economic change. Senior Curator Corinna Gardner said: “Design has been key to Extinction Rebellion’s demands for urgent action on climate change. The strong graphic impact of the Extinction Symbol alongside a clear set of design principles have ensured that their acts of Rebellion are immediately recognisable. Punchy colours, woodblock prints, and carefully worded slogans available for download empower members of the public to produce their own creative responses that collectively amplify the XR’s call to action.” The bold, tongue-in-cheek approach to XR’s graphics are characterised by the memorable logo – an hourglass signifying the world running out of time with a bespoke type design and a colour-palette that plays on ‘danger’ colours such as yellow which denotes caution of physical hazards like tripping or falling and purple and magenta which are often used in combination with yellow to designate radiation hazards. Juxtaposing imagery of the natural world with more sinister images of skulls and bones outlining the grave consequences of not acting on climate change also feature heavily. On the 24th of October from 6.30pm onwards, artrepublic gallery will be hosting, ‘Art as Resistance!’ – an exploration of the role of art within rebellious movements such Extinction Rebellion featuring a talk by esteemed lecturer at the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Brighton, Katy Beinart followed by a Q & A session. After the talk we will be joined by XR Art Blockers who will be running a workshop where we can be a chance to get involved and create your own Extinction Rebellion logos with XR Art Blockers using lino-printing! XR Art Blockers use printmaking, painting and sewing to hand-make rebellious objects for the promotion of Extinction Rebellion on a huge scale. Their aim is to support XR national actions by providing an endless flow of beautiful objects and encourage others to set up their own local groups to do the same. Sign up at eventbrite to book your place – all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to XR $test =

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