What is it that draws you to a place or makes it special?
Sussex has a long rich history of attracting radical artists and writers. The lush countryside and pretty villages, colourful seaside resorts and striking coastline have long inspired creative minds.
Designer Eric Gill created the famous Gill Sans font, and painters Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell made their home in the now famous Charleston.
These artists not only worked here, they created experimental communities and ʻspacesʼ, challenging the political and social norms of the time. They left a powerful and disruptive artistic legacy that continues today. Sussex – and particularly Brighton & Hove – is now home to people from all over the world. The city is a unique place where free thought and independence is welcomed. The many diverse communities that live here often come together to challenge the status quo – politically and artistically.
Curated by Ty Abiodun, A Sense of Place is a group exhibition exploring the idea of place and what it means. It celebrates how places can develop strong identities and cultures, which can be felt deeply by local people and visitors alike. It is also a response to the current political climate, which has seen increasing attempts to close borders, restrict our freedom of movement and regulate our ʻsense of placeʼ.
The exhibition brings together 17 established and up and coming Sussex-based designers, design agencies and illustrators, and takes place at Bozboz Gallery, in the centre of Brighton. The work on show includes limited edition prints using various techniques including: screenprints, risograph and digital prints and also a unique digital projection.
Curator Ty Abiodun says: “The line-up of artists showing in this exhibition is incredibly exciting and I can’t wait for the public to see their contributions. This exhibition is an opportunity to show the value of open borders and to celebrate the talent here in Sussex, in what is a special and inspiring place. It’s also a good opportunity to give
something back and help others who aren’t as fortunate.”