Art: Brighton’s arty 9 September

Purple Craze, DianeRogers

Art On The Menu

Scuttling round the corner down Trafalgar Street, in a bid to escape the Bank Holiday downpour, we took refuge in one of our favourite eateries – Mange Tout. Adorning the walls was the arresting, colour-saturated photography of Heidi Carroll, forcing viewers to rethink familiar scenes and reinforcing the double sensory whammy that food and art served together makes. Because while artists and art lovers alike bemoan the dearth of “proper” galleries in Brighton, there are plenty of opportunities to satiate your visual appetite – if you know where to find art on the menu.

DogHead Henry II, New Steine Hotel

One such venue is the New Steine Hotel in Kemp Town. Overlooking New Steine Gardens, where the AIDS memorial by local sculptor Romany Mark Bruce reaches into the sky, the location is perfect. Proprietor Herve Guyat wants New Steine Hotel to win regard as much for its gallery as it does for its bistro and traditional French menu. Pop in now and you can enjoy the current exhibition Dog Heads by the Funky Red Dog – surreal and wonderfully complex layered images created with just a scalpel and spray paint. Until 12 October.

Katherine Rolfe

Elsewhere, her intricate pen-and-ink illustrations belie the colourful life of Katherine Rolfe. See her work at our favourite North Laine pop-up Gallery 40 on Gloucester Road, where daughter Suzanne has curated an exhibition in her memory. Until 14 September.
Excitement is mounting at Arty towers as this year’s Brighton’s Art Fair approaches.

Make a date in your diary for 25-28 September and don’t miss stand 50, where Diane Rogers captures the natural world in beautifully textural textile art. A show highlight to be sure.

You could be one of the 1,000 lucky visitors who’ll receive our book – Brighton’s Artists 2014 – in their goody bag.

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