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Monday 19 April 2021

Unlocked: Brighton Gallery Set To Reopen Its Doors With A Visual Response To Lockdown

After almost five months, 35 North Contemporary Fine Art, in Brighton, will be reopening to the public on Saturday 1st May. 
Credit Seymour Bird

Thier first exhibition, Unlocked, features new works by artist John Whiting. 

This collection of paintings and drawings in oils, pastels and inks expresses John's response to lockdown in our city - from walking the empty streets to exploring the South Downs. Unlocked runs from Saturday 1st May - Saturday 29th May. 

Next up art collective Seymour Bird come to the gallery. 

Originally scheduled to take place during the 2020 Brighton Festival, Do You Come Here Often is an open call exhibition collecting stories of nights out in Brighton that have in some way shaped the people who lived them. 

Designed to explore the range of experiences that can be had in the city after dark, you are invited to share the tales, fails, wisdom from strangers and messages from the heart scrawled on the back of the toilet door that have stayed with you. 

In the words of Seymour Bird: "this is our love letter to the independent entertainment venues of Brighton, something that feels even more poignant since we have been unable to visit them for so long!" 

To find out how to take part visit

Do You Come Here Often opens on Saturday 5th June and runs until Saturday 20th June.

In July Alexander Johnson brings GUERNICA/GERNIKA to 35 North. 

"The paintings are a series I made after a visit to the Basque town, which was bombed by fascist forces in 1937. 

"I have worked from photographs taken after the bombing and combined these with images that I sketched of the rebuilt town on my visit in 2019. 

"The town is now thriving in spite of the devastation and subsequent suppression it endured for forty years under General Franco" explains Alex. 

The exhibition will be held from 1 - 24 July.

35 North is still finalising the details of our August/September shows (more details to follow shortly) but they can offer a sneak preview of something very exciting they have coming up in October.

Born Makers is a Brighton based furniture making workshop, specialising in one off and small batch production pieces. 

The designers unique blend of craftsmanship and artistry results in pieces that are both functional and beautiful to look at. 

The working title for the exhibition is Living Room as that is exactly what visitors to 35 North will experience. More details to follow.....

35 North Contemporary Fine Art is situated at 35 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB. Opening hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 - 5.30pm unless otherwise stated.

by: Mike Cobley


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Credit P Fewster

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Credit Imperial War Museum

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Credit Steph Wilson

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Credit Matt Crockett 2021

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