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Issue one, the Summer edition, of our quarterly print magazine is now out. It’s brim-full of articles about Sussex arts, Sussex arts shows and Sussex artists, past and present.

From Eric Ravilious to Fergus Hare, via Glyn Philpot, Semiconductor and Langlands & Bell (who live in Kent, we admit, but are on show in Charleston, where we met and interviewed them).

Plus our choice of the best shows to see this summer, and tips on art to buy. There are cartoons, columns, and interactive activities (including a digital pop-up of Magnus Volk’s Daddy Long Legs). There’s everything you need to know about the colour blue, and features on two very different seaside towns, Worthing and St Leonards.

We take you round Vanessa Bell’s garden, and inside Robert Tavener’s sketchbooks. And recall the best covers from 70 years of Glyndebourne’s programme book, including the one with Raqib Shaw’s naughty fairies.

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Contributors

TIM BROWN Kingston resident Tim is co-founder and Artistic Director of CINECITY, which presents the annual Brighton Film Festival as well as a year-round programme of screenings and exhibitions. Tim also programmes the film strand of Brighton Festival. He has curated film seasons for a wide range of cinemas and festivals, and in 2008 he established the Moving Image degree at the University of Brighton. His academic research explores ideas around the ‘cinematic’, the space where film and artists’ moving image, music, visual arts, photography, storytelling, literature and new technologies can converge.

LULAH ELLENDER Lulah is a writer based in Lewes. Her first book, Elisabeth’s Lists: A Life Between the Lines, was published by Granta in 2018 and named one of The Spectator’s Books of the Year. Described as ‘hauntingly beautiful’ by the Guardian and reviewed widely in the press, London Review of Books praised it as ‘A perceptive and original book. It is as much a meditation on the meaning of lists as it is a biography.’ Her latest book, a memoir called Grounding: Finding home in a garden, was published in 2022.

ALEX GREY Alex is a Lewes-based writer, curator and facilitator of art and writing projects and residencies. She was the architect of the successful campaign to save Hans Feibusch’s mural Pilgrim’s Progress from destruction and now works with the Feibusch Progress Project to preserve it for the future. Her particular interests are public art and twentieth-century art, and she also writes about food and family/local history.

ZEBEDEE HELM Lewes resident Zebedee draws, paints and writes for a living. His work gets about far more than he does and may be found in distant villages like New York, Paris, Milan, London, LA, Tokyo, Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire… He uses various mediums, depending on the nature of the work, but there is to be found in all of it a unifying theme of affectionate humorosity, which is quite the sort of thing this world needs more of.

LEAP THEN LOOK Brighton-based Leap Then Look create art works, participatory projects, workshops and events for people of all ages and abilities. It was established in Spring 2019 by artists Lucy Cran and Bill Leslie. Since then, they’ve run projects at institutions including Tate, Royal Academy, Phoenix Art Space, Orleans House Gallery, Photoworks, Brighton Photo Fringe, Thomas Tallis School, West Rise School, Hemmingway Design Events, and Universities of Brighton, Kingston, Westminster and UCL Institute of Education. They are currently undertaking research at the Universities of Westminster and Kingston.

DR ALEXANDRA LOSKE Lewes resident Alexandra is an art historian and curator with a particular interest the history of colour in Western art, print culture, and architecture. She has worked at the University of Sussex since 1999 and as a researcher and curator at Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust since 2008. Alexandra is the author of several books and book chapters on art and culture, including the hugely popular Colour: A Visual History (Tate).

GEOMETRIC LOVE Steve Hyland is a Brighton-based creative and conceptual graphic designer. For the last 25 years he has worked within the cultural and entertainment industries, notably alongside marketers at EMI and Parlophone, before heading up the design department at Sony Music. From 2009 he was the Creative Director of multi-disciplinary design agency Hold, until 2018 when he struck out on his own as Geometric Love.

IMOGEN LYCETT GREEN A writer based in Bishopstone, Imogen worked at the Daily Telegraph for five years, writing for the Saturday magazine, the literary pages and the obituaries section. In 1991, she won a Winston Churchill fellowship which funded the research for her first book Grandmother’s Footsteps: a journey in search of Penelope Betjeman, that was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook travel book award. She’s written children’s fiction, columns for the Daily Telegraph andthe Spectator, and has contributed to the Independent and the Evening Standard. She is a regular interviewer at Charleston literary festival and is a trustee for the John Betjeman poetry competition.

HARRY VENNING Harry is a cartoonist and comedy writer living in Brighton. He is best known for Clare in the Community, much loved as a weekly strip in The Guardian and as a BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Phillips. His awards include UK Cartoon Art Trust Strip Cartoonist Of The Year and the Sony Radio Comedy Award. Harry is also an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, offering talks on the history of cartoons, sitcom writing and BBC radio comedy.

PAUL ZARA Brighton resident Paul has worked on everything from large estate regeneration projects to small and medium-sized schemes and one-off houses, much of it during his 35 years at Conran & Partners. He has a passion for bringing historic buildings back to life and led the Bluebird Garage project in Chelsea, the refurbishment of Embassy Court on Brighton’s seafront, and is currently involved in saving Saltdean Lido. As a regular contributor to architectural and design publications, he has served as a Civic Trust Awards Assessor, and in 2007 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He has sat on the Design South East review panel and currently chairs RIBA Sussex.