Local Colour: AAC Summer Exhibition

What? No Adur Art Trail?

Display of work by Maddie Zayeet, Val Chandler, Paul Michaelides, Kore Sage, Anne Davison, Julia Ann Field, Sue Hawkesworth, Candy Medusa, Jean Griffiths, Scilla Allen.

This season’s south coast artfest is well under way: in May, Brighton & Hove Open Houses gave us the fab and funky experience we’ve come to expect; and Worthing will be consolidating its artistic renaissance with Artists Open Houses from mid-June to early July. What of Adur Art Trail? It’s the jewel in the crown, the cultured pearl between Brighton’s Bohemia and Worthing’s retro charm – but there’s no Trail this year. However, lovers of the Shoreham art scene won’t be disappointed with Adur Art Collective’s first Summer Exhibition at Skyway Gallery. More than 60 members of the collective are currently showing a selection of work in a variety of media: paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, paper craft, mosaic and film.

Above: Balloon Trick by Teresa Martin (resin) and two stained glass sculptures by Louise Durham. Below: Lonely Boat and Forest by Frans de Leij (watercolour)

Above: Ecstasy by Neil Wilkinson (resin), C-5 by Karin Hay White (acrylic), Open-mouthed pot by Alison McGechie (stoneware). Below: Bird by Elaine Bellamy (china mosaic), Black Lace Collar by Peon Boyle (screen print), Sundown by Kim Adele Fuller (mixed media).

Above: Driving Through Harlem and Walking Down Broadway by Karen Munck (acrylic). Below: 2017 No.2 by Royston Hawley (oil) and Out There by Isla Willat (acrylic).

The show offers a chance to enjoy memories of last year’s trail, with Maddie Zayeet’s movie Trekking the Adur Art Trail 2016. And there’s another brilliant film not to be missed: Shoreham by Sea – An Aerial Perspective by Scott Wright. It’s a mesmerizing film offering a drone’s-eye view of the local landscape. You feel like you’re flying high over fields, roads, chalk cliffs and shoreline, looking down on well-loved landmarks – the River Adur and the Ferry Bridge, the power station, the lighthouse and Lancing College – in a stunning new way.


Above: Lancing College by Krysia Drury (oil)Prince by Carol Cleveland (acrylic). Below: Walking Away III by Angela Edwards (oil), Cappuccino by Rachael Swift (limestone and slate).

Above: Riverbank Parade (detail) by Jo Delafons (mixed media), cards by Shirley Trevena, cards by Candy Medusa. Below: Devil’s Cauldron by Marcus Finch (raku ceramic), Garden of Delights by Christine Lloyd Walker (mosaic), stained glass creatures by Naomi Frances.

Creating a coherent display from such diverse exhibits is an achievement in itself, and the standard of the presentation as well as the art is high. As a venue, Skyway Gallery at the Shoreham Centre has a lot going for it: bright and modern, it’s at the heart of the community so it’s an ideal place to bring art to the people.

And the people are being asked to get involved in this exhibition, to give their comments and to nominate their favourite exhibit as the people’s choice, with prize giving on the show’s closing day. AAC patron and expert watercolourist Shirley Trevena will also present an award for the most innovative use of colour.

Summer Exhibition at Skyway Gallery in Shoreham-by-Sea continues until Sunday 18 June.

What the public say: 

“A great eclectic mix, wonderful”   

“So much local talent”     “I love seeing all the different media used”              

“A lovely exhibition”     “A thoroughly enjoyable feast of art” 

“Super exhibition – well done to all the artists”

Opening night


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