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Friday 27 November 2020

Art With A Heart: Christmas Gifts From Brighton Dome & Festival To Help Support Arts Charity

Looking for unique Christmas gifts for friends and family that will help support the arts?

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) are selling six high-quality screen prints as part of its fundraising campaign.

The art works are priced from £100 to £150 and were selected from Brighton Festival's archive from the last 54 years, including Turner prize nominee David Shrigley; tattoo artist Adam Sage with design agency Johnson Banks and the late pop artist Martin Sharp. 

In addition, the award-winning graphic artist Morag Myerscough has donated a brand new signed print to help support the future work of the arts charity.

Morag Said:

"My work is rooted in creating a sense of joy and belonging and I have always felt strongly that we need art in every form to stimulate us and transport us from the everyday, especially at this time it feels essential for our wellbeing. 

"We must help to make sure that the arts have a positive future." 

Following Brighton Dome's closure in March and the cancellation of Brighton Festival, the organisation lost sixty-seven percent of its self-generated income. 

The sale of prints will provide a crucial source of revenue which will help keep the venue and the annual arts festival alive for everyone to enjoy next year. 

The campaign has been supported by Brighton fine art screen printers, The Private Press who have hand-made the artworks as full-colour screen prints in their studio and will sell them directly via their online shop.

Gary Parselle, Founder of The Private Press explains:

"It's been a pleasure to support this fundraising campaign. 

"It was so interesting looking through the range of artists' work in the Brighton Festival archive and to re-produce them as new prints. 

"The original Brighton Festival brochure covers were scanned in high resolution, then converted into layers and enlarged using Photoshop to prepare them for the screen printing process. 

"Each colour was carefully mixed to replicate the original and then printed by hand, one layer at a time. 

"The venue and the festival bring so much to the city's cultural life and as a local business, we wanted to do our bit to make sure they can get through this difficult time."

by: Mike Cobley


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