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The ONCA Gallery is currently closed whilst we prepare for our next exhibition, opening 8 October. In the meantime you can still view artwork in our window and online. The ONCA Barge is open on Fridays for Community Mornings, Dresscue and for one-off events. See below for more information.

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Solange Leon Iriate: Under the Same Sky

1 September30 September

Under the Same Sky (even though it is likely your sky looks and feels entirely different to mine from where you are standing) is a showcase of new work by Brighton based artist Solange Leon Iriarte. Solange was the winner of this online exhibition, which was offered as part of an auction for animal conservation charity CIWY to raise funds to relocate one of their sanctuaries in Bolivia. Movement has been a primary part of Solange Leon Iriarte’s practice. Throughout…

Soofiya: (Queer) Love is Powerful

2 September26 September

Queer love and support are powerful. This artwork invites you to take a moment to celebrate love and queerness in all their forms. After a year and a half of a pandemic, people everywhere have dealt with much change, turmoil and unrest. Part of what has guided Brighton-based artist Soofiya, and many others, through the past 18 months is remembering that we are loved, and how powerful queer community and solidarity can be. We hope this piece can remind you…

Culture Declares Emergency South East Coastal Hub Launch

23 September
10:00 am
11:00 am

Come to the online launch of the Culture Declares Emergency South East Coast Hub. Culture Declares Emergency (or CDE) is a growing movement of individuals and organisations in the cultural sector declaring climate and ecological emergency. Its aim is for the sector to be a leading contributor to creating a regenerative future that protects the planet and sustains everyone, everywhere. CDE’S mission is to grow, support and mobilise a movement of declarers in the UK cultural sector, and to inspire…

Look Out to Sea! Unveiling the Undercliff Path Sculptures – VIP event

1 October
10:00 am
12:00 pm

Look out to sea! Who lives beneath the waves?  A local arts and environmental education partnership - , Schools Without Walls and artist David Watson - on a mission to celebrate The Living Coast are thrilled to unveil two new sculptures for the Undercliff Path.  Children at local schools helped dream up these playful Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ)-inspired sculptures of home. The sculptures are made from waste, including amongst other things, salvaged aeroplane wheels. The sea and the seabed running…

Look Out to Sea! Unveiling the Undercliff Path Sculptures

2 October
10:00 am
2:00 pm

Look out to sea! Who lives beneath the waves?  A local arts and environmental education partnership - , Schools Without Walls and artist David Watson - on a mission to celebrate The Living Coast are thrilled to unveil two new sculptures for the Undercliff Path.  Children at local schools helped dream up these playful Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ)-inspired sculptures of home. The sculptures are made from waste, including amongst other things, salvaged aeroplane wheels. The sea and the seabed running…

An Introduction to Wet Felting with Maggie Scott

2 October
1:00 pm
5:00 pm

Join artist Maggie Scott aboard the Barge for an introduction to wet felting processes and create your own piece of textile art to take home. Well-known for her sumptuously crafted felt textiles to wear, for the last decade Maggie’s exhibition works draw on the aesthetic and symbolic potential of the laborious process of felting. Her hand-felted re-interpretations of photographic images often explore the tensions and contradictions of a Black British identity. Her large-scale works and abstract wall hangings are full…

kin’d & kin’d: field fairing – a workshop

5 October
6:30 pm
8:30 pm

‘I mean river as a verb. A happening. It is moving with me right now.' - Natalie Diaz in ‘The First Water is the Body’ The third happening in field fairing, the eco-poetry series with kin'd and kin'd, will be a participatory online workshop. It will take the elements as a starting point and look at four poems concerned with earth, water, air and fire, from poets from diverse communities across the world, whilst exploring the notion of indigeneity in…

Making Care: Group Exhibition

8 October13 November

Making Care is a research project, group exhibition and events programme showcasing work by artists exploring aspects of care and access provision through their practices, pointing towards more just and equitable worlds against the backdrop of Covid and the inequalities it highlights. This project asks how arts organisations can collaborate with - and care for - artists whose work explores themes of care. It centres access needs as opportunities for world-building and creative exchange, rather than problems to solve. It…

Ten Steps Towards Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate (10 week course)

11 October
7:00 pm
9:00 pm

The Good Grief Network has developed a 10-step programme for psycho-social resilience in the age of climate chaos. "I heartily recommend this course to anyone who wants to get to grips with the state of the world. The group ground rules, and Jane's skilful and gentle facilitation helped create a safe and nurturing space for open-hearted and mutually supportive exploration of the big issues - which for me previously felt too overwhelming and terrifying to properly look at. Through the…

Planet LOL (matinee)

23 October
3:00 pm
4:00 pm

Planet LOL asks, “When you realise your planet is teetering on the brink of extinction do you simply shrug and put the kettle on?” Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Compassion, is coming to Brighton Marina. To be honest, Sophia has been split into two human forms, as a punishment, and they are coming to Brighton Marina. To tell you a tale of life on Lol; a planet made of solid gold, where the climate is perfect and the inhabitants seem…

Planet LOL

23 October
7:30 pm
8:30 pm

Planet LOL asks, “When you realise your planet is teetering on the brink of extinction do you simply shrug and put the kettle on?” Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and Compassion, is coming to Brighton Marina. To be honest, Sophia has been split into two human forms, as a punishment, and they are coming to Brighton Marina. To tell you a tale of life on Lol; a planet made of solid gold, where the climate is perfect and the inhabitants seem…

Creating Wearable Sculptural Masks with Anna Perach

30 October
1:00 pm
3:30 pm

Join artist Anna Perach for a creative exploration building wearable sculptural masks aboard the Barge. During this two hour workshop, Anna will introduce the process of creating a 3D mask sculpture using hand stitch and patchworking fabric. No previous experience is necessary and all tools and materials will be provided. If you would like to bring your own fabric, you are welcome to do so. About the artist Anna Perach's practice explores the dynamics between personal and cultural myths. She…

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