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  • Lucy Sparrow creates a festive felt wonderland for Hermes shoppers

    Lucy Sparrow transforms the Hermés storefront in Beverly Hills with a wonderfully festive display. Working with artrepublic, Lucy Sparrow has featured her sought-after felt creations from her infamous LA Supermarket exhibition in the Brighton Gallery. The exclusive His ’n’ Hers felt display ....
    Lucy Sparrow transforms the Hermés storefront in Beverly Hills with a wonderfully festive display. Working with artrepublic, Lucy Sparrow has featured her sought-after felt creations from her infamous LA Supermarket exhibition in the Brighton Gallery. The exclusive His ’n’ Hers felt display cabinet, from a limited edition of 50, features soft toothbrushes and a hand-stitched bottle of Old Spice. Published by artrepublic this summer and now working with Hermés, she’s gone from Kickstarting a corner shop in London to Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills - and we’re excited. Lucy, following from her huge successes including the Felt Supermarket in LA this summer and the Felt Erotic Emporium in London in 2015 offers a fresh take on a decadent classic: the Festive Window Display. A celebration of playful fun and luxury, we are taken into her felt world of wonder, discovering those luxurious purses in the midst of a multitude of jars filled with felt bonbons. Childlike glee is what Lucy inspires in passer-bys. From seasoned fashionistas, to families returning from a meal together, no-one is safe from being stopped in their tracks with delight. The traditional lavishness of Hermés gets taken on a trip to the funfair, complete with a felt carousel horse and a felt covered crane-game to pick up fuzzy handbags. Lucy named the horse Herman, and he is serving equine royalty with gorgeous Hermés bracelets on his ankles just above the hooves, and he doesn’t deny himself a silk scarf either. The interactive nature of the displays is what Lucy has always provided, how we can pick up, feel and play with her art has added a new dimension of fun and intimacy to her work. The Hermés felt crane-game elevates this further, inviting shoppers to have some fun picking up a felt wallet before seriously considering the real deal. If you'd like to have your own Lucy Sparrow installation in your home, artrepublic are showcasing her intricate felt display cabinets in our Brighton Gallery. An opportune time to grab one before her next highly anticipated exhibition at Context in Miami, get in touch. For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Them & Us: Grayson Perry toys with perspectives at Brighton Dome

    What happened when the cross-dressing British artist came to Brighton. The past few years have seen so many major shifts in politics – whether social, cultural, gender-based or national – that (inevitably) you will have been forced to form some kind of opinion on a whole host of issues. T....
    What happened when the cross-dressing British artist came to Brighton. The past few years have seen so many major shifts in politics – whether social, cultural, gender-based or national – that (inevitably) you will have been forced to form some kind of opinion on a whole host of issues. The only way to avoid hot topics such as Brexit, President Trump, #metoo and the death of our oceans because of plastic waste, and remain calm amid the news-based storm, is to have a complete media blackout . Or become a reclusive hermit living in the wilderness somewhere. While the latter may sound appealing, it’s not really a practical option for the vast majority of us. And so, instead, we have become part of an inadvertent game of ‘Them & Us’ which, as it happens, is the name of the talk that artist Grayson Perry is currently taking on tour around the UK. The artrepublic team were lucky enough to get our hands on a few of the hottest tickets in town (Brighton was the first date to sell out on a line-up that included Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin and Edinburgh), and we piled in to Brighton Dome excited to see what gems the famously cross-dressing artist, who has hosted the Reith Lectures and all manner of TV shows, shorts and exhibitions, had to share with the crowd. Despite knowing that Perry is no stranger to using his public platform to highlight social and cultural politics – whether through his talks, tapestries, prints, ceramics or his fashion choices – we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Although we did anticipate a thought-provoking evening, that would likely be quite funny too. Without giving the game away too much, we weren’t disappointed… We can’t say that Grayson himself felt the same way though. Throughout the course of the interactive evening, which challenged our ideas about taste, creativity and culture, and had all the laughter, catcalls and fabulous dresses we might have anticipated, the artist did claim to feel distinct disappointment in Brighton and its famously liberal locals on a number of occasions. We’re still hoping that was simply for dramatic effect…? Them & Us was much like the layers of Perry’s artworks, which blend the opposing ideas of the rebel and the traditionalist, twisting and turning widely accepted viewpoints, ideas and values to make us look at things in a fresh light. If you’re a fan of Perry’s and have a chance to catch the tour  at any of its next stops, we’d definitely recommend you check it out. You’ll certainly come away with something to think about… and, if you’re anything like us, with a smile on your face too. artrepublic has a number of signed limited edition artworks by Grayson Perry. To find out more about any of these pieces, visit the gallery or call us on 01273 724829 to speak to one of our art advisors.   For more news stories and events visit our Brighton Gallery page $test =
  • Join the monthly artrepublic Kids Club

    Sat 19th Jan 10am-noon, Guest artist host: Ryan Callanan, with 2 hours of creative fun. Ryan will be getting the kids involved with his extraordinary sign writing and street art skills. Join us and our guest artist for loads of great activities, a great way for your little ones to spend a Sat....
    Sat 19th Jan 10am-noon, Guest artist host: Ryan Callanan, with 2 hours of creative fun. Ryan will be getting the kids involved with his extraordinary sign writing and street art skills. 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! 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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