The Artfinder Blog

Join us at Brighton Artists Open Houses!

We're delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting as part of Brighton Artists Open Houses from 30th April - 29th May 2016.

Working in collaboration with our amazing hotel partner, My Hotel we're transforming My Brighton Hotel's Mercury Room into 'The Brighton gARTen', a magical garden created by international award-winning street artist, Hannah Adamaszek.

Art from 10 other Brighton-based Artfinder artists will hang from trees, like fruit ripe for the picking.

Other artists exhibiting within the room are Sonia Canals, Chris Cheetham, Vincent Donlin, Richard Humphrey, Penelope Kenny, Sarah Oyetunde, Jonathan Ridley, Rubandagar, Mary Stubberfield, David Woolley and Peter Walters, who has been commissioned to produce a limited edition charity print ‘Bee Loved’, of which 50% of all proceeds will go to Friends of the Earth.

"Bee-Loved" by Peter Walters

The venue will also host a programme of family friendly and environmental themed weekend events, in partnership with My Hotels’ charity partner Friends of the Earth. Every Sunday (1st, 8th, 15th, 29th May) will be family day, with art and environment themed family activities. There will also be a day of bee-themed fun on 8th May with Friends of the Earth and My Hotels’ Bee Keeper, as well as artist talks and workshops throughout the event.

Check out the Brighton gARTen from 30th April - 29th May at My Brighton Hotel, 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton

Opening Times:

30th April, 1st May, 8th May, 14th May, 15th May, 28th May, 29th May

11:00- 18:00



Bee Day with Friends of the Earth and My Hotels Bee Keeper: Sunday 8th May

Artist talks and workshops: Saturday 30th, 14th and 28th May

Family days: 11:00 – 18:00 on Sunday 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th May

Full event details:

Penelope Kenny: Family Collage Workshops

The workshop will be a drop- in, family friendly activity suitable for all ages with Brighton-based artist Penelope Kenny. Adults and children of all ages can come along and make collages of hybrid insects mixed with flowers, plants and other ephemera using natural history illustrations as inspiration.

Penelope Kenny is an Australian born artist who now lives and works in Brighton, U.K. Her work explores the relationship between humans and other animals, especially in connection to transhumanism, evolution, hybrids and biotechnology. Through her hybrid creatures she investigates the potential outcomes of humans trying to control evolution through genetic manipulation and scientific tampering with the species boundaries.

Sarah Oyetunde (Abstract Organics): Mandala Workshops

Inspired by nature, the patterns and shapes found in our organic environment and her interest in folk lore and fairy tale, Sarah's works are translations of her intuitive sense of the world.

During the exhibition Sarah will demonstrate her intuitive mandala style and facilitate mandala colouring techniques.

Brighton-based artist Sarah creates paintings, miniatures and mandala drawings. Sarah is also an art therapist and runs wellbeing workshops from her Brighton studio.

Jonathan Ridley: Live Painting and Drawing

Brighton-based artist Jonathan will be working on his in-progress pieces, including drawings of sea creatures, live all day on Saturday 14 May.

Jonathan has been selling and producing art professionally since 1998 and has exhibited on several occasions including the John Bloxham Gallery in Clapham. Air gallery in Mayfair as part of the Lexmark art prize 2004(regional winner South East uk) and Color Elefante gallery in Valencia during the 2007 international outsider art fair to name.

He is currently working on a series of endangered animal prints which are completed using a combination of pen, marker and digital techniques.

Vincent Donlin: Live portrait painting

Live portrait painting with Vincent Donlin! Step inside the Brighton gARTen and get your portrait painted live by artist Vincent. Your portrait will be painted on paper using ink, charcoal and gouache. It takes around 20 minutes and you get to keep your portrait

Related Posts