Phoenix Brighton

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Contemporary visual arts gallery showing a range of stimulating work in all media by artists based in the UK and beyond. Part of a large arts organisation running studios, workshops, residencies, events, and outreach.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Wednesday - Sunday 11 - 5

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays

Admission charges


Additional info

Work and meeting space for hire.

Collection details

Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Patrick O'Donnell, Losing You

Retreating Light

  • 12 November — 11 December 2016

From November 2016 to June 2017, the SOUTH GALLERY is hosting a series of three exhibitions showcasing the work of artists who have studios at Phoenix Brighton.

A collection of ink works stem from the artist’s interest in astronomical imagery in which temperature and chemical composition of bodies such as comets are denoted by specific hues radiating out from a white hot centre. O’Donnell explores the process of ‘subtractive colour’ to evoke a visual sensation of ‘retreating light’. He paints onto a white paper ground, using masking fluid and increasingly concentrated washes of ink to build up the images. Colours are created by subtracting (absorbing) parts of the spectrum therefore eliminating the visible white light of the paper beneath.

The paintings are developed along a similar concept of ‘retreating light’, this time starting with a black canvas and building up a surface of colour and luminosity by layering films of paint over the black ground. Originally inspired by images of reflected light transmitted from the New Horizons space probe of Pluto, the works on show here are O’Donnell’s response to our own lunar satellite, the moon. Working within a simple composition of a circle within a square, he experiments with painterly techniques that echo the terrain of this planetary body.


Stephen Cornford

Constant Linear Velocity

  • 12 November — 11 December 2016

Curated by Snoozie Hexagon
Presented as a partnership between Colour Out of Space and Phoenix Brighton

With the widespread digitisation of culture, we have inadvertently ushered in the end of the 150 year-long coupling of audio storage with mechanical technologies. As the magnetic hard drive is superseded by flash memory it looks guaranteed to be the last major mechanical medium. This exhibition seeks to engage directly with this historical moment by asking what the future holds for our discarded electromechanical devices and whether we might not still learn something from these empty machines. The works in this exhibition recast the role of the machine, not as a functional apparatus but as expressive, reflective and aesthetic devices. Seen collectively they propose an alternative to the dispose and upgrade mentality so pervasive today, allowing the machines to reflect back to us elements of the culture which produced them.

Like A Truffle Encased In Garbage: A small collection of micro edition releases from the experimental music underground.’


Phoenix Brighton
10-14 Waterloo Place
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex




01273 603 700

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