Structure & Surface is a collaborative show by six Sussex artists – Patricia Latham, Samuel Paradela, Jim and Rose Rafferty, Elizabeth Claridge, Irene Runayker - which opened this week at the Birley Centre.
It has already been hailed as one of the most exciting exhibitions to be shown at Eastbourne College’s arts venue.
Welcoming artists, their families, friends, guests and Linda Salway, head of creative arts development at Eastbourne College, Patricia said: “Curating this exhibition has been an absolute delight, and I am proud to have brought together six diverse artists, whose paintings, textiles, photographs, drawings and 3D sculptures not only have strong visual impact, but are of an extremely high quality and emphasise how important it is to continue pushing the boundaries of art and imagination.”
Certainly the artists’ creative interpretations of detritus, distressed materials, obsolete industrial waste, found objects - even the simplest living organisms - are thoroughly compelling. This is an art exhibition which should be visited by anyone, young or old, who is concerned about the future - and indeed history of - our environment. And the message sent out by these six extraordinary talented artists makes it even more compelling. It’s pure magic. Visit it once and you will want to go back again and again.
Structure & Surface at the Birley Centre every weekend 10am-4pm until Sun 21 August (not Sat 30 July) + also Bank Holiday Mon 1st August. Admission free. By Jean Clark.