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BERNARD KALU: ONYE OCHA BIARA UWA OJII

3 May30 June

Lagos-based visual artist Bernard Kalu completed an Enjoolata artist residency on Barge in April 2022. Onye Ocha Biara Uwa Ojii, the body of work that emerged, is a continuation of Kalu's exploration of the subject of colourism. Enter exhibition here CONTENT WARNING: The text accompanying this exhibition discusses racism and its roots in slavery and colonialism.   Servile 2

Letizia Lopreiato: The Journey of Sonia’s Trees

12 May4 June

The Journey of Sonia’s Trees is a solo exhibition by artist Letizia Lopreiato following her residency on the Barge where she spent time developing an existing project, Sonia’s Trees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GLoTm187XI About the exhibition The Journey of Sonia's Trees and the recently published artist’s book Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021) comprise a 3.5 year artivism awareness campaign on eco-sustainability. Both are labours of love, manifestations in physical form of a call to protect and an invitation to care, felt and shared by the…

Coastal Habitats: eco-poetry course with kin’d & kin’d

18 May
3:30 pm
22 June
6:00 pm

Coastal habitats: a new 6-week eco-poetry course led by kin’d & kin’d This exciting new eco-poetry course, inspired by the extraordinary Planet Earth Museum & Gardens at Paradise Park, Newhaven (which explores the evolution of single-celled beings to humans up to the present day’s ecological challenges to our planet) will take place at Planet Earth and at the Barge, which looks out to sea from Brighton Marina. This playful course is about imagining or conceptualising the wrack line where human…

Lilith Archive x CESP: Exploring water through film

21 May
4:00 pm
6:00 pm

Water has many practical and symbolic meanings, across cultures, geographies and identities. Join Lilith Archive and the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics for the screening of several relevant short films around water, reflections on its personal and political significance, and a workshop guided by the question, “What does water mean to you?” The film selections will involve a range of culturally and emotionally diverse ways of relating to, and living with, water. We chose this theme due to…

The Storytelling Choir: Rewilding Cinderella

4 June
2:00 pm
4:30 pm

A fairy tale performance like no other, 13 artists offer a radical reweaving of Cinderella in this storytelling concert. Amidst Sussex hills, stories from England and Iran, Haiti and Russia, Japan, Bulgaria and Scotland are woven together with poetry and song, to explore the global, local and intimate journey of the wild ash girl. A performance, a walk and a ritual, you are invited to join us as we lead you through the brambles and briars, hills and dells, to…

Mary Martin & Paccha T. Chuji: To Mar or Enroot

9 June18 June

To Mar or Enroot: Choosing the Path for Seeding the Pluriverse is an exhibition by emerging artists Mary Martin & Paccha T. Chuji. About the artists Mary Martin is a Dublin born visual artist and 2021 Fine Art Graduate of Brighton School of Art. Myth and folklore provide the lens through which she constructs an alternate reality; a heterotopia. Her playful approach to language and interpretation together with her vibrant and surreal compositions belie a serious reflection on the Anthropocene…

Intro to Sewing: Make a Block Tee

9 June
10:00 am
3:30 pm

This workshop is ideal for those that have used a sewing machine before but want to build confidence and develop skills further. Make your own made-to-measure Block Tee designed by Paper Theory. You will learn how to make bias binding, edge stitch and sew tricky right angles. At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave wearing your hand-made creation! What will be covered: Taking your measurements Reading and understanding a sewing patterns Step by step construction Making and applying bias…

Intro to sewing evenings: Make A Pullover

7 July
6:00 pm
14 July
8:30 pm

Intro to sewing is the perfect workshop for absolute beginners as well as people who want to build confidence on a sewing machine. Join us on board Barge and learn the processes involved in making your own made-to-measure LB pullover designed by Paper Theory. At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave wearing your hand-made creation! This course is delivered as two evening classes, so please make sure you can attend both evenings when booking: Thursday 7 July, 6pm-8:30pm Thursday…

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Please contact or 01273 607101 if you have specific access needs, please note the gallery is wheelchair accessible but the toilet is up five stairs. We have hearing assistive technology and our staff have Basic BSL & Deaf Awareness training. For more information about access and facilities at ONCA please click here.

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