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The ONCA Gallery will re-open this summer. In the meantime, our events remain online and our exhibitions are available to view online and in the Gallery window from outside. The ONCA Barge is now open on Friday mornings and for one-off events. See below for more information.

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1 June25 June

"All my works have a common theme: summer." "For me, as someone who is conscious of summer throughout the year, I can feel the summer that remains in the corner of everyday life even in the coldest season. I draw the work by capturing the summer that exists in everything. There are things that I use to draw summer: beetles, stag beetles and drone beetles that are symbolic of summer. I borrow their form and portray this world as a…

kin’d & kin’d: field fairing, with Dr Jason Allen-Paisant

17 June
6:30 pm
7:45 pm

Join kin'd & kin'd for field fairing, an online event series with where they investigate and celebrate diverse views and thinking about ways of making eco-poetry. In his debut collection, Thinking with Trees, due to be published in June, Jason Allen-Paisant has followed what he describes as ‘a Caribbean tradition of weaponising language through irony, and does so as a means of challenging social, racial and spatial boundaries.’ Please join kin'd & kin'd online to discover more about these concerns…

The History Bois: Adventures in Time & Gender Residency at ONCA Barge

23 June
6:00 pm
26 June
5:30 pm

Curated by multi-disciplinary artists and performance makers SL Grange and E.M. Parry, The History Bois: Adventures in Time & Gender residency at Barge showcases a range of time and gender-queering events, including exhibition, live performance, poetry and workshops with contributions from guest artists. Opening hours: 23 June: 6 - 9pm 24 - 26 June: 10am - 5.30pm All events are free or by donation. It's essentiatl to click through to the Brighton Fringe website to register for workshops, but you…

E.M. Parry & SL Grange: We Elizabethans

23 June
6:00 pm
26 June
5:30 pm

We Elizabethans - a cluster of sibling works: Closet Dramas - photographic exhibition; Fag Ends // Fag Breaks - installation & performances; A Lucky Resurrection - live writing / seance. Closet Dramas: An enigmatic cast of queer and unruly characters haunt, provoke and flirt with the viewer. Drawing on the historical genre of the closet drama, these works engage a bricolage of practices to offer a quasi-dramatic experience in a playfully haunting hybrid of performance, document & score. Fag Ends…

Political Drag: workshop with Leah Kirby AKA Cyro

24 June
2:30 pm
4:30 pm

Political Drag with Leah Kirby AKA Cyro: creating art inciting change and incorporating non-Western performance techniques, Leah Kirby / Cyro explores socio-economic and political issues through non-traditional formats. Thursday 24 June 2.30 - 4.30pm, Barge. For Barge directions and accessibility information click here. In this workshop, Cyro dissects their practice and techniques when it comes to building drag performance around the black trans experience: How to consider mental care when delving into art that centres ‘honouring your anger’ and voicing…

Meeting The Unruly Dead: Workshop with SL Grange

25 June
3:00 pm
4:30 pm

Part of The History Bois residency at Barge, this online workshop run by poet, drag king and artist SL Grange is for folks wanting to connect with their Queer tr/ancestors. Using writing, drawing and performative processes, we’ll create our own rituals and art to uncover, honour and meet lost queer heroes. If you already know which member of the unruly dead you want to work with, bring them along. Alternatively, SL Grange can suggest some historical Queeroes for you to…

E.M. Parry: Fag Ends // Fag Breaks

25 June
7:30 pm
9:00 pm

Fag Ends // Fag Breaks lurks in the margins between performance, installation, seance, conversation, and queerly unravelling lecture, centred on acts of pointless care-giving, anonymous intimacy, and ritual flirtation. Friday 25 June, 7.30 - 9pm. Part of The History Bois residency @  Barge. For Barge directions and accessibility information click here. Join the artist E.M. Parry as they attempt to meet and share a smoke with the nameless dead. The work was originally conceived during lockdown and performed in an empty space for…

Show Thyself! Queer history self-fashioning workshop with SL Grange & E.M. Parry

26 June
2:30 pm
4:30 pm

Show Thyself! At this workshop, multi-disciplinary artists SL Grange & E.M. Parry invite you to an exploration of historically-inspired queer self-fashioning. Saturday 26 June, 2.30 - 4.30pm, Barge. For Barge directions and accessibility information click here. Combining creative writing with photographic portraiture and dressing up, we will guide you through a gentle, playful process that invites you to explore an alternate self, play at being someone else, and/or meet your unruly dead tr/ancestors by becoming them. Bring clothing items, props,…

Bats About Data: Curiosity Club workshop with Cliff Hammett

29 June
4:30 pm
6:00 pm

For this experimental art/science workshop aboard the Barge, we will look at how to gather data about bats, and ways to share this data in creative and unusual ways. Bats live all around us, roosting in trees and our homes, foraging for insects in parks and woodland. But they are also very vulnerable to humans changing the environment – for instance, by demolishing buildings they roosts in, or placing too much lighting where they feed. Bats are protected under law.…

Inner Landscapes: Launch Event

3 July
6:00 pm
8:00 pm

Join us for the launch of Daniel J.G.'s solo exhibition: Inner Landscapes - and the re-opening of the gallery to the public for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020! Inner Landscapes is a solo exhibition of paintings by Deaf artist Daniel J.G.  Showcasing an exciting new body of work made during the pandemic alongside older works, this exhibition offers a view into the inner worlds of Daniel’s artist process and development over the past ten years.…

Daniel J.G. | Inner Landscapes

7 July30 July

Inner Landscapes is a solo exhibition of paintings by Deaf artist Daniel J.G. Showcasing an exciting new body of work made during the pandemic alongside older works, this exhibition offers a view into the inner worlds of Daniel's artistic process and development over the past ten years. About the artist Daniel J.G. is a Brighton-based Deaf artist, originally from Cornwall, making work inspired by the beauty of nature and the positive impact being in nature can have on mental health.…

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