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A certain kind of light - Towner Art Gallery February 02 2017 129 Comments

Just a short walk along the seafront from our studio, the Towner Art Gallery is completely unexpected in this traditional seaside town. Eastbourne is lucky to have this award winning space dedicated to contemporary art.

I have been looking forward to visiting the current exhibition since it opened last week, 'A certain kind of light' explores light in art over 6 decades from the 1960's to present day from artists such as Anish Kapoor, Gary Hume, and one of my personal favourites - Rachel Whiteread.

One of the pieces I particularly enjoyed was Katie Paterson's 'Totality'. I listened to an interview with Paterson on the radio a while back, talking about the work and her explorations linking art and science and it was facinating to see the piece in the exhibition. On first glance 'Totality' is a huge mirrorball, bouncing light and reflection, creating layers of moving dots on the surrounding surfaces, but when examined closer you see each mirror is made up of over 10,000 unique eclispes, in fact, featuring every solar eclipse known to humankind.

Here are a few snapshots of the exhibition, (and a short film on our facebook page ) but I would thoroughly recommend a visit to experience for yourself.

A certain kind of light runs until 7th May 2017

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4JJ

David Batchelor: Festdella 2006

Plastic bottles, low energy lightbulbs and cable, this artwork originally comissioned by the Hayward Gallery is a joyous celebration of light & festivity in supersize!

Peter Sedgley: Corona 1970

PVA and pigment on canvas with kinetic lights, on loan from the Southbank Centre. A mesmerising, pulsating optical sensation where the rings of colour seem to move and blur in contrast to the crisp black square.

Katie Paterson: Totality 2016 (see short film on our Facebook page)


Anish Kapoor: Untitled 1995

Drawing the viewer into the wall, with liquid light, this smooth sensuous stainless steel piece is highly tactile.


Rachel Whiteread: Untitled (6 spaces) 1994

Resin blocks of negative space, in this case the underside of chairs that were once reminiscent of the artists childhood hiding places have now become a series of 3D cubes. In various shades, light is captured within the volume of these objects, like great chunks of turkish delight!


Colour in Festive Card & Envelope December 02 2016 88 Comments

Sometimes the run up to the holidays can be a little hectic, there's cards to send, presents to wrap, food to prepare and at the same time keeping the kids occupied.  Well why not combine two of those activities by downloading our free festive card & envelope? Print out as many copies as you like and get the whole family involved in a bit of quiet, creative time. The cards can be coloured in with pencils, felt tips, paint - why not add some glitter? any extra customisations will make it an even more special.

So, pour out the hot chocolates (topped with whipped cream & marshmallows of course!), turn on the festive music and get creating!

Click here for downloadable festive card

Click here for downloadable festive envelope



Simply print out as many copies as you like onto the thickest card that your printer will take (we have formatted this to fit onto a standard A4 sheet - make sure to print the card in 'landscape' format)

Cut out using the crop marks as a guide (take note of the 'fold' guides)

Colour in and customise 

Fold as shown


Print out onto an A4 sheet of paper, cut around the guide - fold and glue.


Last posting dates for Christmas 2016 November 25 2016 87 Comments

Fun with the Sukie Button Factory! October 21 2016 18 Comments

As half term approaches, keep boredom at bay with a cool crafting project from Sukie!

Great for a rainy day, unleash your creativity and get busy with these fabric button badges - a great alternative to the TV and iPad! We made this film last summer with our friend Laura (age 15), who joined our studio on work experience.  We had a lot of fun filming and Laura learnt about creating and editing a film.

The button badge set can be bought here

We hope this gives you a bit of inspiration- enjoy!

Button Factory from Sukie on Vimeo.


Peter Blake at the De La Warr Pavillion October 14 2016

Last week Darrell & I took a trip to the iconic Modernist De La Warr Pavillion, along the coast in Bexhill, to see the current Peter Blake ‘Alphabets, Letters & Numbers’ exhibition. Darrell and I are great fans, and Darrell in particular has an affinity for collecting & displaying ephemera and found objects (see studio pics!).

Unusually, we were allowed to take photos of the exhibition so I thought I would post some here as a taster. Its definitely worth a visit, a really interesting selection of typography based prints, collages and three dimensional pieces as well as the infamous ‘Babe Rainbow’ silkscreen print on tin and other instantly recognizable artworks.

 While we were there we also visited the ground floor gallery to see artist Fiona Banner’s Buoys Boys and other works. A subtle typographical link to the letters and numbers of Peter Blakes exhibition, Fiona Banner ‘s Buoys Boys features inflatable full stops blown up to human scale bobbing along the English Channel – captured in film. Best experienced, (I’m not going to do it justice by writing about it here!) very enjoyable and definitely worth a visit.

Fiona Banner exhibition closes on 16th October with a live installation on the roof of the pavilion.

Peter Blake – Alphabets, Letters & Numbers

De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea

Saturday 13th August – Sunday 27th November 2016