Brian Mander: Respire:Suspire
September 2020 through January 2021
This is the second installation at The SPACE of Brighton based artist Brian Mander. His first project ‘Boy’ took place April-May 2019.
Respire:Suspire is informed by the trauma of 1919 local events – the deaths of two Hastings Coastguard officers who were poisoned by noxious gases when they entered the German u-boat/minelayer to secure it while it was stranded on Hastings beach, the indiscriminate Spanish flu epidemic and the return of the diminished army of young soldiers, physically & psychologically damaged by war. The people in these local dramas have disappeared with little trace.
But Respire:Suspire resonates through time to the present, where we are being made to fear disease on inanimate things, cautious of the closeness of others and frightened to breathe the same air.
Hidden Spaces: art and nature
Sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, pop-up weaving museum, text installation & temporary interventions.
11-20 September 2020
off-site Historic Langney Priory, Etchingham Road, Eastbourne BN23 7DT
Artists: Neil Akehurst • Caroline Angella • Lawrence Batt • Compass Poets • Tim Dodd • Hazel Durling • Chaye Fry • Christine Gist • Clive Jarman • Fenya Sharkey
Hidden Spaces : art and nature was the outcome of a series of workshops led by Christine Gist and Fenya Sharkey, Director of Compass Community Arts for participants of the Monday Art Group and other Compass members. After the Covid-19 first lockdown, it was important to explore locations where the group could meet safely and Historic Langney Priory was the ideal place to develop new work in various media which responded to the site. The inclusion of the project in Heritage Open Days 2020 saw 304 visitors to The Priory over two three day weekends in September.
Initiated in partnership with Compass Community Arts, Eastbourne and Historic Langney Priory for Heritage Open Days 2020. Realised with the support of Argus Appeal through Sussex Community Foundation.