Free climate change art in Brighton

Brighton hosts a climate change art exhibition which is free to visit.

The Open Market on London Road in Brighton hosts the installation An Ark in the UK, which consists of various ‘cabinets of creatures’.

The exhibition consists of boxes with different animals, real or mythical, with two for each letter of the alphabet, a reference to Noah’s Ark.The Argus: The exhibition can be seen at The Open MarketThe exhibition can be seen in the Open Market

The exhibition was only supposed to be on display at the Open Market in May, but proved so popular it’s now staying indefinitely.

The Argus: The exhibition has proven itself with the publicThe exhibition is very popular with the public

Most of the artists behind the cabinets are from Brighton, including George Coles, a photographer who created the concept as a commentary on society and climate change.

The Argus: The exhibition is to remain in place indefinitelyThe exhibition will remain indefinitely

He made the wooden cabinets with his son for the first An Ark exhibition in the UK in 2016 – although the contents were different at the time.

The Argus: The cabinets contain a variety of different works of artThe cabinets contain a variety of different works of art

George’s daughter made one of the boxes for the closets, and just as his family was involved in creating the art installation, he sees it as a family-friendly piece.

The Argus: George Coles is behind the unusual exhibitionGeorge Coles is behind the unusual exhibition

“It’s designed for kids, they love the surprise behind the doors,” he said.

“I wanted people to work to look at it instead of just standing there and seeing, hence the idea of ​​hiding the work behind the doors.

“He’s not standing in a bourgeois, elite art gallery, standing proudly between cauliflowers and carrots.”

The Argus: The name of the exhibition is a reference to Sex PistolsThe name of the exhibition is a reference to Sex Pistols

George assembled artists, who he says are mostly “friends or friends of friends,” but gave them creative freedom.

The Argus: A number of artists have contributed to the exhibitionNumerous artists have contributed to the exhibition

The cabinets contain creatures ranging from the arctic fox to the jabberwocky and a velociraptor.

The Argus: Artists have been invited to fill the showcases as they see fitArtists are invited to fill the cabinets as they see fit

One of the boxes contains the whale shark, created by Brighton-based artist Jessie Marie, who spent more than three weeks creating her artwork using bottle caps with sustainability in mind.

The Argus: Jessie Marie is one of the artists involved in the exhibitionJessie Marie is one of the artists involved in the exhibition

“There were over 100 bottle caps in the box, each individually filled with the right recycled materials to create the whole look, gluing, filling, painting, positioning, it was a big job,” she explained.

Jessie, who creates and sells bottle cap art through her company Beau Bottle Tops, commented on the free viewing of An Ark in the UK: “It is of the utmost importance to me that my art is accessible.

“As an aspiring artist, I understand better than most the financial struggles of being an independent artist and it’s really important to broaden my horizons and motivate/educate yourself by doing free or visit inexpensive exhibitions.”

The play by Argus: Jessie features reused bottle capsJessie’s piece features reused bottle caps

Jessie said she feels the cost of living crisis has caused sales of her art to drop.

She said: “People are not buying as freely as they used to because they are rightly concerned about being able to afford their gas and electricity or other essentials like groceries.

“Unfortunately, art has become a luxury that many cannot afford in times like these.” Free climate change art in Brighton

Fry Electronics Team

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