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  • artrepublic support an art project for the homeless, Justlife Brighton

    We’re sponsoring a studio to help boost the wellbeing of homeless people. artrepublic are delighted to announce our project with Justlife in Brighton. Justlife are an organisation that focuses on Health Engagement with the homeless people of Brighton and Hove. Their primary objective is to impr....
    We’re sponsoring a studio to help boost the wellbeing of homeless people. artrepublic are delighted to announce our project with Justlife in Brighton. Justlife are an organisation that focuses on Health Engagement with the homeless people of Brighton and Hove. Their primary objective is to improve the access the homeless have to primary care. After that, they aim to improve and maintain their good health in order to improve their chances of moving on from homelessness. They offer preventative care to those in unsupported temporary accommodation, to ensure that they don’t fall into homelessness. Alongside this, they provide progressive care to those currently suffering from homelessness. Needless to say, their work is invaluable and life-saving, and artrepublic are humbled to be able to help. One of the distinguishing aspects of the work that Justlife do in Brighton is address the social aspect of homelessness. Often homeless people do not have the opportunity to socialise and build networks of support outside of their experiences on the streets. Due to this, they often are alone or in communities that do not hold their best interests at heart. artrepublic have offered to sponsor a studio for the people affected by homelessness to spend time painting and expressing themselves artistically. It is important that people that have been homeless are rehabilitated physically but also mentally and emotionally. artrepublic hopes that the safe space offered to be creative will help increase the wellbeing of the vulnerable people in Brighton. To be able to creatively express yourself is often a privilege not extended to the homeless, but it is essential to build an identity that isn’t defined by a current situation. Defining oneself as a person outside of homelessness will build confidence and hope, which is essential to build a life away from it. Alongside improving mental and emotional wellbeing of the people impacted by homelessness, artrepublic hopes that time spent in the studio can help build networks of professional support, improve skills and prospects of finding employment. Last year the Justlife Creative Studio won Best Newcomer at the Artists Open Houses Awards. The open house showcased work from the artists who have experienced homelessness, was a huge success. Building connections with the most vulnerable and creating a sense of community within them is critical in reintegrating them into society. Following from Justlife’s success last year, artrepublic are proud to sponsor the studio of the open house, and provide all of the art supplies. artrepublic are proud to be part of an incredible cause and to help enable the creative expression and rehabilitation of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Please support the work of Justlife Brighton and visit the open house when it is open.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Contemporary female artists are celebrated at artrepublic Brighton

    As part of International Women’s Day artrepublic throws the spotlight on our leading female artists. Women in the art world have been historically swept under the proverbial rug in favour of their male counterparts. It was a widely held belief that women were simply incapable of artistic genius....
    As part of International Women’s Day artrepublic throws the spotlight on our leading female artists. Women in the art world have been historically swept under the proverbial rug in favour of their male counterparts. It was a widely held belief that women were simply incapable of artistic genius. We at the artrepublic Brighton gallery wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the successes of a few of our featured female artists as part of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019. The future is female and at artrepublic, the future is now.   One of the most exciting names in art at the moment is Sara Pope. Pope has had previous experience in the fashion industry as a shoe designer and also as an art director. Taking inspiration from glossy glamour of the fashion industry she uses live models to initially start her process of producing the perfect lips. She asks the models to express different emotions using their lips and works from there. From this she produces an intimately realistic portrayal of femininity. The finished work is sensual and provocative, providing a focal point for the viewer to imagine a moment which these lips are capturing. Exuding effortless eroticism, her work empowers women through their sexuality. How much of an impact can one part of a woman’s face have? Through the eyes of Sara Pope: a lot. Bonnie and Clyde’s cinematic compositions are a creation of a space somewhere between a dream and reality. She uses mixed media to create a collage that blends fine art with photography. The new space that she creates is a point between being awake and asleep, the conscious and the unconscious, and is simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing. Her use of abstract textures alongside parts of a scene in LA evoke the process of memory. How we often remember unrelated parts of things, images melt with colours and textures with a surreal softness come together to evoke an experience. She suspends the rules of dimensions and form just as she suspends the viewer’s sense of reality, her work is a tribute to the power of stylistic originality. Despite playfully toying with the notion of perception, she opts for pastel colours and clean lines to ensure that above all else, her work is aesthetically stunning. Maria Rivan’s work with iconography and pop culture elevates the classic into the contemporary. She often works with the faces of old Hollywood female actresses, using a starlet to ease the viewer into a false sense of familiarity. Rivan subverts the traditional by adoring her starlets with a beautiful bloom of oddness. Birds, branches, flowers, and tiny figurines burst around their faces from the tops of their heads. These surreal embellishments add complexity to the often one-dimensional nature of pop art. The women that she uses were worshipped for their beauty, and Rivan’s explosion of strangeness from their heads evokes the notion of a complex inner world. Her work is particularly empowering as it coveys the sense that their minds are as vivaciously stunning as they themselves were. Presenting multi-dimensional female icons, Rivan brings the classic into the now, and we love it. Master of the juxtaposition, Elizabeth Waggett takes monochromatic, often gothic subject matter and adds gold. Simplistic and arresting, she effortlessly confronts themes of death, superficiality and value. Her trademark use of skulls provides an intensely raw backdrop for her 23 carat champagne gold adornment. One of her most celebrated works, ‘It’s My Party’, is a human skull topped with a golden party hat. Bewildering the viewer with a reminder of our own mortality, the playfulness of a golden party hat is uncomfortable. The gold itself is a contrast, and the viewer is confronted with the ridiculousness of superfluous embellishments after death. Waggett’s skulls look closely like an x-ray, emphasising the fragility and majesty of our human form. Her pieces ask bold questions, ‘what do you value?’. Despite working with dark themes, Waggett’s work are a celebration of equality, and urge us to celebrate each other as human beings instead of material wealth.   artrepublic are delighted to showcase works by all of these exceptional female artists and more in our Brighton gallery, if you’d like to take a look at their work, please visit us!   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Take a Brighton street art tour with REQ and artrepublic

    Right here, right now; street art has never been fresher in Brighton.   Brighton’s reputation for being a hub of creativity is no better demonstrated than with the ever-evolving street art scene. Street artist REQ and artrepublic are working together to provide a two hour guided Brigh....
    Right here, right now; street art has never been fresher in Brighton.   Brighton’s reputation for being a hub of creativity is no better demonstrated than with the ever-evolving street art scene. Street artist REQ and artrepublic are working together to provide a two hour guided Brighton street art tour so you can dive into the mysterious and eccentric world of the city's graffiti scene with a professional by your side. The tours can be booked through Eventbrite or Airbnb. With knowledge of the labyrinthine lanes like the back of his hand, REQ can guide you to the hidden street art you might otherwise miss. Instead of being just a spectator, REQ provides insight into what artists and what kind of street art are making a splash pavement-side right now. REQ has been hosting street art walks since 1984. He contributes to the scene and can illuminate the stories behind each piece that you encounter as you wander through Brighton. Similar as to how you would get a tour of the artrepublic gallery, the city of Brighton offers a huge amount of artistic talent to admire. Locals are often surprised when stumbling upon a new piece. With REQ, you’ll experience years of expertise and passion for street art, with insight that is hard to find unless you’re part of the scene itself. An exploration of the lesser-known pathways and backstreets, you’ll behold the walls through the lens of an artist, and come away from the tour with more knowledge than the most explorative locals. London and Bristol based graffiti artists often come to Brighton, where the scene flourishes, to unleash their raw talent on the streets. Its a point of pride that Brighton has the size of a small town, but the creative output of a big city. The perfect place to host one of the most exciting and colourful walkable street art tours. Book Your Tour Today and Receive a £10 artrepublic Gift Voucher Book your street art tour with REQ today and artrepublic are delighted to provide a £10 gift voucher, at the end of the tour, to spend at our Brighton gallery (one voucher per booking). Many local street artists have created limited edition prints of their work for our gallery. After the vibrant energy and talent captured on the walls of Brighton, you may be inspired to take a piece of the scene home. The tour costs £20 per person (plus booking fee), great value for a fascinating couple of hours. To book your Brighton street art tour with REQ, please visit the artrepublic page at Eventbrite or you can book it as an Airbnb Experience. As a preview for the tour, take a look at a recent street art installation taking shape in Brighton's North Laine: For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Join the monthly artrepublic Kids Club

    Sat 20th Apr 10am-noon, Guest artist host: Lucy Bryant, with 2 hours of creative fun. Join us and our guest artist for loads of great activities, a great way for your little ones to spend a Saturday morning. Apply for your FREE tickets today!   This family-friendly event offers a fre....
    Sat 20th Apr 10am-noon, Guest artist host: Lucy Bryant, with 2 hours of creative fun. Join us and our guest artist for loads of great activities, a great way for your little ones to spend a Saturday morning. Apply for your FREE tickets today!   This family-friendly event offers a free, 2-hour art immersion in the city's most colourful gallery - artrepublic. Held on every third Saturday of the month, the artrepublic gallery transforms into a bubbling pool of creativity for children and parents alike. With guidance from featured artists, families can enjoy free, quality time together, colouring and drawing the morning away. A real feel-good event, artrepublic's kids' club was created with the local community in mind. Celebrating over 25 years in Brighton, the gallery has long-standing roots in the city and as a hub of artistic expression, the artrepublic gallery is the perfect place to get creative. If you would like to read more about what the artrepublic kids' club has to offer; a member of the gallery team has written a piece about this free, family-focused event below... Gleaming faces and twinkling eyes enliven Brighton's most popular art gallery as 30 children sit around a long table, drawing and colouring to their heart's' content. Amongst the smiles - a featured artist, who has come in for the morning, guides the class through 2-hours of fun-filled creativity. As the artist presents their theme, you can see the children are in awe. Inspired and excited, their little fingers grab at crayons, eager to get their interpretation of the artist's work down on paper. It's clear why this kids club is so popular. With spectacular artwork from floor to ceiling, artrepublic offers a creative space to draw and colour. Some families are spotted taking a break from their drawing - walking around the gallery and talking about the artwork on show. One little girl shouts: "I like this one"! and her father smiles, replying: "Let's draw that one next". This group event offers parents quality and creative time with their children. As well as being family-focused, the kids are interacting and forming new friendships too. A couple of the kids are sharing crayons, swapping back and forth as they approve each other's drawings. In a creative and magical world of their own, the children soak up time in the gallery, getting lost in the world of art. Speaking with some of the parents, it was clear to see that this free, monthly event provides somewhat of a haven. Some parents mentioned that they work during the evenings and so, the weekends are the only time they get to enjoy as a family. Others commented that it allows them to get a few errands done whilst their kids enjoy a little creative time. Above all - it’s a true celebration of what Brighton is all about - community and creativity. To take part in this free event, simply visit our Eventbrite page to register. Hope to see you there! Please note: These events are very popular and have limited availability so please register early. Also, please be aware that there will be photography and video of the event which will be used for marketing purposes by artrepublic and our affiliates.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Catch the Art Related Nonsense Podcast by artrepublic

    Join artrepublic's regular podcast Art Related Nonsense for a fascinating insight into our artists and the art world. Hosted by Inspiring City.   Ever wondered why contemporary art is considered art at all? Or stood in a gallery pondering the story behind a famous artist’s life or the ....
    Join artrepublic's regular podcast Art Related Nonsense for a fascinating insight into our artists and the art world. Hosted by Inspiring City.   Ever wondered why contemporary art is considered art at all? Or stood in a gallery pondering the story behind a famous artist’s life or the meaning of their piece de resistance? Think all art is nonsense? Then let us debunk some artistic myths and weave you some stories as we discuss a whole lot of art-related nonsense with the people who make creativity their life’s work – artists (in case that wasn’t clear!). Our podcast, Art Related Nonsense, is hosted by Stuart from the award-winning art blog, Inspiring City. Read more about our latest podcast at the Inspiring City website. Get the podcast on ITunes or Android For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page.   $test =

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