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Controversial Art and Artists

Thursday  July 18, 2024
6.00 - 8.00 pm

VOLT Gallery
67-69 Seaside Road
East Sussex, BN21 3PL

A Blue Monkey Conversation is on the horizon for our July event: Controversial Art and Artists.

Why do people shun some artists’ work based on personal lives or behaviour but not others? What contributes to this inconsistency of judgment? Look forward to lively discussion punctuated with examples past and present.

Above Image: Saint Jerome writing by Caravaggio – painter, brawler, philanderer, gangster, murderer, Baroque Old Master

If you are planning on attending one of our events and have any access needs, please let us know in advance. 

Blue Monkey Network is run by artists for artists, in partnership with Towner Eastbourne, and is entirely funded by membership subscriptions and donations. Many thanks to all our supporters. 


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REGENERATE - an exhibition of works from Blue Monkey Network members
VOLT Gallery
67- 69 Seaside Road

Eastbourne BN21 3PL

Friday 12th July 6.00 - 8.00 pm

Thursday to Sunday 11.00 - 5.00 pm
13th - 21st July 2024

REGENERATE delivers an exciting body of work by emerging and established artists that truly reflects the diverse range and talent of our thriving  Blue Monkey artist network.  The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, illustration, drawing, ceramics, animation, collage, and more, inspired by and made from re-purposed materials, revealing the distinctive art practices of our members. 

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Photographing your artwork with artist Elizabeth Doak
Saturday 13th July
10.00 -1.00 pm (3-hour workshop, cost £15)
DC Learn Studio
1–5 Seaside Road, Eastbourne


Due to popular demand, we offering an additional workshop to the one we ran in May. We have a couple of spaces remaining for this workshop which will be for 6 to 8 people. The workshop is being subsidised by the network and is open to BMN members only.  This workshop will help you to make good images of your artwork for digital cataloguing, open calls, media presentation etc, using natural and artificial lighting techniques and an easy understanding of image resolution. 

No photographic experience is necessary.  We will be using a mixture of personal mobile phones and Elizabeth’s digital cameras to make the images

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Lika, Petranka, Me and Other Stories
Thursday August 15th, 2024
6.00 - 8.00 pm (6.30 - 7.30 pm)

Towner Eastbourne
Studio 3, First floor
College Rd
Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

Artist member Ivilina Kouneva traces her roots in the Balkans through art, determined by the striking natural environment and social turmoils. Fragments of Ivilina’s recent projects will juxtapose with memories and influences, going back and forth in time and touching themes such as creative ‘hermitage’, immigration heritage, and artistic survival in an oppressive social environment.

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