Carla Armour is a visual artist who lives and works in the British seaside city of Brighton & Hove. After graduating from Parsons School of Design (NYC) in the 80s she returned to her Caribbean Island, Dominica delivering her message through abstract symbolism in mixed media paintings, fashion, Conceptual and Installation art, poetry and spoken word performances. Carla is known for her Lifelines series; employing tribal symbols and prehistoric glyph images and markings, her current work ‘Resonance’, explores the use of ritual elements and sacred spaces and abstracted objects to imbed messages into her paintings and installations pieces.
She has participated in shows and exhibitions over the years in the Caribbean, US, Europe and Namibia, some of which included the International Art Project ‘Women of the World, a Global Collection of Art’, submissions and readings for Literary Festivals, an International Artist Exchange, ‘Carambolage’ with eight artists from Austria and Dominica, a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia and recently participated in the UK-based project ‘Wheel 'n' Come Again’, a dynamic Film & Arts program managed by Legacy Film UK for which exhibitions and events venues included Onca Gallery, Hastings Arts Forum and a two-day program at Fabrica, Brighton in December 2016. She will also show at the Caribbean Arts Festival in Barbados in early March 2017.
"Generally, my work is meditative. I want it to be emotive."
"I love the actual act of creation, playing with the material and the effects I can produce. Using acrylics, oils and mixed media, collage etc, I play with colour and their meanings, with automatic writing and drawing inspired by interactions and experiences as one source of inspiration for my work. When I am painting or writing it is purely about the medium… the message reveals itself. I enjoy manipulating the shapes, textures, words and the rhythm, finding the imagery and tempting the senses to see, taste or feel the patterns. I love the freeness of the initial abstract expression while at the same time reducing it down to lines and shapes and layered combinations that resonate with each other to draw the audience inward. I want others to also feel the intimacy of that liberation I feel from my first markings to my last."
Ratna Jan Bibi
Ratna Jan Bibi graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2003 with a BA in Fine Art Painting, following which she worked at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton for five years undertaking various roles including Education Officer.
During 2009, Ratna Jan moved to Brighton and worked as a freelance Artist Educator until her post at Photoworks. Alongside her work at Photoworks, Ratna Jan is currently developing her studio practice with the aim of developing her career as an artist as well as an arts professional.
As Permeate Fellow, Ratna Jan works closely with Head of Projects, Celia Davies, as well as all other Photoworks’ staff, to fully realise the potential of each project. The projects portfolio includes supporting the creation of new work and commissions, exhibitions, online digital projects and special events, including the educational programme, talks and specifically devised audience development projects.
Tom produces both sculptural pieces and functional tableware from his studios in Hove and Scotland, near Glasgow.
He graduated from Brighton University in 2000 with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in 3D Craft. Teaching in Hackney, East London, it was a long term and slightly distant dream to be able to make a living as a full time potter. Making a huge lifestyle decision, and taking a fairly substantial risk, Tom Butcher Ceramics was set up in Arrochar, Loch Long in 2004.
Tom is now assisted by Jamie Rogers in the production of the Loch Long Stoneware functional range at the main headquarters in Scotland, and works on new prototypes and designs from his new design studio in Brighton where he now lives. He splits his time between the two workshops.
The range is currently used at Simon Rogan's Fera, Claridges (London), Martin Wishart's restaurants The Honours (Edinburgh), and Martin Wishart on Loch Lomond, Cameron House (Loch Lomond), Isaac McHale's The Clove Club (London), Tom Blake's The Swan and The White Hart (Wedmore, Somerset), Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa (London) and Chris Charalambous' Cail Bruich (Glasgow).It was also used to style Tom Kitchin's book 'Kitchin Suppers'.
“The Loch Long Stoneware range is largely inspired by books from my childhood, books that got brought out again when my own kids came along - Quentin Blake and the Mr Men series in particular. I started thinking about what a ‘cup’ should be and look like, then making it in as simple and pure a fashion as I could. Mr Small’s tea cup needed companions, so the large mugs appeared, then the butter dish.... and everything else. It’s all extruded. I like the fact that it’s not thrown or cast ware, that you aren’t ‘supposed’ to make extruded tableware. And I love designing and making. It is constantly evolving as a product range with new additions all the time, and there is nothing more satisfying than opening a kiln of pots which are still warm”.
“It feels like the recent economic climate has gone hand in hand with a resurgence of interest in craft - products made with abit of soul. People aren’t in the mood to buy a Mercedes, but they are very willing to invest a modest amount on some feel good, back to basics rustic stoneware. Something that they can use and enjoy forever - a lot of the Loch Long Stoneware range will outlive most of us.”
“The Loch Long Stoneware range seems to have an all encompassing market: men love the big chunky mugs, the quirky square range appeals to young people setting up home, and the stoneware wine cups and wine coolers are selling well as stylish wedding or anniversary gifts. There are also some classic kitchen essentials like the garlic pot or spoon rest, which I’ve dragged into the 21st century, that appeal to all ages and customer types.”
“Everyone said I’d never make a living of being a potter. Looks like I’m going to prove them all wrong....”
Duck Ceramics is an independent pottery studio run by me, Alice Duck. Originally founded in a small attic room in my Bristol flat, I now make and finish each piece by hand in my Brighton studio. The technique I use is called slip casting. Commercially this process is used, along with machines to reproduce identical copies of one product, churning out hundreads of 'perfect' duplicates. There is something satisfying about imitating the machine - but with the ability to make every product individual. It might be a drunk mug, or a wonky vase, or the lines may not be as straight as they 'should be' but this is why I fell in love with handmade ceramics. Simplicity and function are at the core of the work I make. I like to re-imagine classic shapes and divert them from their original purpose into a design piece. A camping mug has been transformed into an object of delicate craftsmanship, and its natural ‘mistakes’ have been left on show to celebrate the process, just as I believe they should be.
I was born into and have always flourished in a creative environment. No matter what the medium, I have constantly created and engrossed myself in art. It seems only natural to turn what is second nature to me into a way of life and a career. Working as a full time life model provides opportunities for observation, reflection on my own practice and collaboration with other artists, as well as helping me develop a critical framework.
Creating with both paint and literature enables me to bring my ideas into form. Whatever the medium is, it is the act of creation that is paramount to me. This act fuels me every day and when a creation begins to grow it takes on a life of its own.
I use clay to make designs and artworks out of everyday objects, textures or scenery. My pieces are about the surface of things, of displaced objects, their shapes and textures, origins and stories. I like my work to be both familiar and surprising.
Some artists that inspire me are: Helen Maurer, Richard Slee and Christina Iglesias.
Working in clay is an absorbing process. It is a slow moving material that inspires patience and delicacy to bring it to its final state. The processes used are slip casting from plaster moulds and hand building with slabs with pressed textures. Glazes are applied by dipping or painting and some are layered onto other glazes to create unique results. The glazes can be subtle and seek to express the shapes and textures of the fired clay, or painterly and expressive in themselves.
Christopher McHugh trained as a painter at Bath Academy of Art and Manchester Metropolitan University (later completing MA studies at the University of Sussex).
He has pursued painting as his central practice ever since, while building a portfolio of other art activities including teaching, writing and artist-led projects.
He was a founding member of Manchester Artists' Studio Association (1982), Red Herring (1984 – artists' cooperative establishing studios and galleries in Brighton), Artonic (1990 – temporary public art projects), Video Virus (1992 – AIDS video art collective), and Fabrica (1995 – contemporary art gallery in central Brighton). He was an initial advisor and later a board member of eta (Empowering the Artist).
He is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Chichester and Convenor of Art at the Centre for Community Engagement, University of Sussex.
I am a violin maker, working from Hove, East Sussex. After many years restoring fine violins and periodically making my own instruments, I am now developing high-quality instruments, loosely based on the Italian classics. With my knowledge of the construction of fine violins, from restoration and making, I am making original instruments that are my own concept but have the professional qualities needed for a soloist. My instruments are played by excellent players in classical and world music.
Nick Sayers is an artist and graphic designer based in Hove. His sculptural and photographic work explores the beauty of science and the creative potential of recycling. He has delivered educational talks and workshops, exhibited his interactive art at science events, and produced public art sculpture commissions. He has exhibited internationally in Azerbaijan, Canada, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
I am a full-time freelance illustrator based in Brighton on the south coast of England. I predominantly work in editorial and design but in various other markets as well, and regularly exhibit my work both here in Brighton and further afield.
Clients include: Time Magazine, Campaign Magazine, Times Higher Education, Pearlfisher Design, United Design, IPC Media, Liquid Records, Wonkay Records, MBR Magazine, Ransom Publishing, Legion Of Dub, Cookchick Design, Cycling Active, The London Magazine, Plan B Magazine, International Academy of Colour Therapeutics, DC Storm, Dubmission Records, Goodone, Matter, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.