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14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

February 2019

The Colour of Drag: Makeup Artistry Class with Umber Ghauri

25 February 2019
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Professional make up activist Umber Ghauri is returning to ONCA to celebrate LGBT History month with a fun makeup class which explores the history and the art of Drag. Drag is gender anarchy and liberation. In this class where we will go through the process of designing looks and then executing them in real time. You will participate in designing a look from scratch on paper and then learn how to translate that onto a face. Umber Ghauri is known for creating looks…

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Rendered In Light

27 February 20193 March 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

An exhibition bringing together photographic works by Kira Krász, Milla Lewis, Amber Dance-Baverstock, Eva Louisa Jonas and An Nguyen. Launch Event | Wednesday 27th February, 6 - 8pm ALL WELCOME Drop-in Collage Workshop | Sunday 3rd March, 1 - 4pm FREE You are invited to either bring your own images, or use those and other materials provided, to contribute to a large scale group collage on the floor of the gallery whilst surrounded by the exhibition. About the Artists KIRA…

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What Next? Climate & Culture meeting

28 February 2019
9:30 am
11:00 am
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Please come to Gallery for this talk about climate change and culture, exploring what’s going on and how arts sector practitioners can join forces for positive action locally. Expect to be part of a group of artists interested in tackling climate-related issues and the many related spheres.  This is a chance to air ideas, to talk to others doing the same and to learn from each other.  - Ann Light, Professor of Design and Creative Technology at University of Sussex will talk about…

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March 2019

Eating the Other: Poetry Workshop with Subira Wahogo

1 March 2019
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

Join our 2018 Green Curtain Award winner Subira Wahogo for a poetry workshop that explores the relationships between gender, race, exotification and food. “There was overall agreement that the message that acknowledgment and exploration of racial difference can be pleasurable represents a breakthrough, a challenge to white supremacy, to various systems of domination. The overriding fear is that cultural, ethnic, and racial differences will be continually commodified and offered up as new dishes to enhance the white palate – that…

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Desire & Resistance

6 March 201917 March 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
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exhibition for this year's International Women's Day featuring work by Maya Armon & Subira Wahogo. This International Women’s Day, are proud to collaborate with artists Maya Armon and Subira Wahogo to host Desire & Resistance, a two-week long exhibition that centres the experiences of women and non-binary people of colour. Curated by visual activist and fugitive feminist Susuana Amoah, this exhibition invites audiences to explore politics of desire and resistance within an imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy. “... the message that acknowledgment and exploration of racial…

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Desire & Resistance: Launch Event

6 March 2019
6:00 pm
7:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

Join us for the launch of  International Women’s Day exhibition featuring work by Maya Armon & Subira Wahogo. Between 6 & 7pm there will be a live performance by Subira and then both artists will be in conversation with   Gallery Supervisor Susuana – after which will be an opportunity for audience Q&A. Places are limited so please book in advance via Eventbrite. From 7 – 8pm the exhibition will be open to all. “There was overall agreement that the message…

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Coffee & Cream: Poetry Workshop & Brunch with Subira Wahogo

9 March 2019
10:00 am
12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until 16 March 2019

ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Join Artist in Residence, Subira Wahogo for a Poetry Workshop and Brunch at Gallery. Subira is a defiantly queer, unapologetically Black spoken word poet and activist. Their work weaves together the personal and political, through experiences and imaginations, spoken with rage, softness and laughter. Book your place here!

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Wellbeing, Ecology, Gender & Community (WEGO) Presentations

14 March 2019
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
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Using a Pecha Kucha presentation style, this event showcases the projects that make up WEGO to introduce the exciting ways the network is doing activist-inspired research for a more just, balanced, resilient and equal world.  How do we confront climate change? How can we live with increasing environmental degradation? What does social and gender justice look like as communities struggle with plastics, pollution and waste? How do we keep a sense of hope? And what can we learn from communities around the…

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Coffee and Cream: Interactive Poetry Performance

17 March 2019
4:30 pm
5:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Join 2018 Green Curtain Award winner Subira Wahogo in the gallery for a dynamic performance of their spoken word piece ‘Coffee and Cream’. "Coffee and cream as a poem came to being after an experience of harassment at the beach. I was reminded of the myriad ways in which black bodies are fetishised, and how so often we are reduced to food or drinks. I wanted to push back at the exotification, the disempowerment the dehumanisation of this language, and to throw…

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The Matter of Making

20 March 201924 March 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

An exhibition of work by emerging artists from The University of Brighton. The Matter of Making celebrates the diminishing line between Fine Art and Design and includes new work from 10 undergraduate students on the BA Fine Art: Painting and 3D Design courses. Eleanor Kidd | Zena Bresnan | Carole Villain | Kezia Turner | Meg Willoughby  | Mary McAleese | Dylan Wallace | Tom Conway | Ollie John | Xanthe Maggs Launch Event | Wednesday 20th March, 6 -…

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Human Nature: Veronika Buko

29 March 201931 March 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

An exhibition of drawings, paintings and prints exploring the conflicted nature of human life. "Figurative portraits reveal the fragmentary often fractured aspects of character and conversation, while the landscapes imagine dream-like places of tranquillity, safety and peace. The work is made with emphasis on the subconscious. Character and place are constructed from feeling and emotion, rather than an apparent logic of thought, and thereby may be found to hold a more significant truth?" - Veronika Buko ABOUT VERONIKA Veronika Buko…

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April 2019

Mother the Verb: a conversation with Javier Stell-Frésquez

8 April 2019
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Following a residency at Brighton's Marlborough Theatre, ONCA is delighted to welcome Javier Stell-Frésquez - one of the artists behind Mother the Verb - to the gallery to share video extracts of the piece and discuss the themes of the work. Mother The Verb is a performance with an air of ritual, fed by dance, text and video. Within a queer perspective, Javier and creative collaborator Ivy Monteiro propose a tender and complex study of the term and concept of…

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Ivy Rihlampfu: Traces Of Her In The City

10 April 201921 April 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
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Solo exhibition of enamel plate portraits by South African based artist Ivy Rihlampfu. Ivy documents the everyday heroines she come across frequently.  "Some are found selling vegetables, sweets and fruits in the streets of Johannesburg - I'm drawn to their grace and humility. The women I document embody strength, courage and effort but often their actions are unseen or not taken into account. I'm motivated to uncover these actions, by taking a closer look and learning more about them. I'm interested…

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O N C A Spring Volunteer Open Evening

10 April 2019
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join us at ONCA gallery to find out about our various and exciting volunteer opportunities. We’re currently looking for volunteers for our gallery and barge – We need people to join our core team as ongoing medium to long-term part-time volunteers. This informal evening will be an opportunity to find out more about  ONCA and talk to current volunteers about their experiences. We’ll also be discussing what skills people have or would like to learn while volunteering at ONCA. See you there!

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A 100 Mile Conversation: Screening & Discussion

11 April 2019
6:30 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

In spring 2013 Nathan Burr and Louis Buckley walked from Winchester to Beachy Head, the length of the South Downs Way. The 100 mile journey was shared with everyone from farmers to therapists to discuss the connections between landscape, myth, mental health and end of life issues. This film documents the chain of conversations that took place over their nine-day journey. EVENT STRUCTURE Doors & Bar: 6:30pm Film Screening Starts: 6:45pm PROMPT! Screening Ends: 8:05pm **15 MINUTE BREAK** Discussion with…

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Letters To The Earth at O N C A

12 April 2019
2:30 pm
6:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

In collaboration with Youth Strike 4 Climate (Brighton) and Decolonise Sussex is hosting a reading of Letters to the Earth. Letters to the Earth is the first project of the newly launched Culture Declares Emergency, which brings the arts and cultural community together for an appropriate response to the climate emergency. Letters to the Earth urged people to write a letter of response to this crisis. These could be letters to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold…

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LET US FLY! With Gaby & Mafe Queer feminist hiphop & songs from Nicaragua

19 April 2019
7:00 pm
9:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

Gaby Baca and Mafe Carrero are two Nicaraguan artists who combine rap, hip-hop and their own songs. They are currently on tour in exile in Europe. The event is a creative musical celebration of Nicaraguan queer feminist resistance to the brutal massacres, arbitrary detentions and repression of protest by the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship. Music to feel to resist to celebrate our collective strength. Event organised by MORADA FEMINISTA NICARAGUA-UK and co-sponsored by the DEVIL’S DYKE NETWORK   ABOUT THE ARTISTS GABY…

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Film Screening: The True Cost

23 April 2019
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Lucy & Yak and Revival Collective are hosting a screening of The True Cost - a ground breaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold stories of the fashion industry and asks us to consider, who is really paying the price for our fast fashion addiction? The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Fashion can and should have positive impacts…

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Jan Anderzén: UNIA LOIMUSSA

25 April 201928 April 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
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For this year's Colour Out of Space festival is excited to host Jan Anderzén's first UK solo exhibition which will focus on his collage work with textiles: UNIA LOIMUSSA which translates as 'Dreams inside a Blaze/Glow' Jan Anderzén is a Tampere (Finland) based artist producing experimental music and creating images with a multitude of techniques. He layers plotted and formulated elements with splashes of accident and contingency. He's usually focusing on themes roaming the foggy borderlands of wild and domesticated. For…

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Linden: The Garden

30 April 2019
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Join Linden at ONCA Gallery to experience her conceptual garden through sight, sound and emotion. Linden will be giving a multimedia performance of original songs and accompanying visuals showcasing the story of Voodoo in Paradise in its entirety for the first time. Throughout the performance, you will be guided through a toxic garden highlighting the internal struggles of domestic violence and it's repercussions for the human condition and our sexuality. With raw visuals, stunning lyrical imagery and the original acrylic canvas…

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May 2019

WORKSHOP : THE UNBEARABLE WHITENESS OF GREEN

1 May 2019
6:00 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

At a time of escalating urgency and scale in the environmental movement, this is a workshop for people who want to address ‘the unbearable whiteness of green’ (Van Jones). Through facilitated dialogue, small group work and creative activities, the session will examine the ways in which white supremacy permeates the mainstream environmental movement. This is a space for white people and people of colour to understand and critique contemporary British environmentalist practices, and explore alternative models of action that centre solidarity with…

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Elaine Foster-Gandey: Movement Makes Marks

3 May 20195 May 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

An exhibition of etchings by Elaine Foster-Gandey Accompanied by talks & workshops exploring mark making and connections to drawing, process, materials, performance and print making in relation to health and well-being. Events Talk: 3rd May 5 – 7PM Private View: 3rd May 7 – 8PM Workshop: 5th May 12 - 2PM "Developing ideas around movement and collaboration, I have concentrated my work on the mark, the mark made by the collaboration with others as well as the connection with surface, body to ground,…

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Movement Makes Marks: Artist Talk & Private View

3 May 2019
5:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

‘Movement Makes Marks’ -  an exhibition of etchings by Elaine Foster-Gandey Accompanied by talks & workshops exploring mark making and connections to drawing, process, materials, performance and print making in relation to health and well-being. Join us in the gallery to listen to the artist Elaine Foster-Gandey (MA Inclusive Arts Practice graduate 2018) discuss her work alongside: Dr Julia Winckler, Senior Lecturer, School of Media, University of Brighton: Acts of embodiment: collaborative mark making Dr Philippa Lyon, Senior Lecturer, School of…

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Brighton in Spring: Photography course for teens with Sharp Shots Photo Club

4 May 2019
10:00 am
3:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Photograph the streets of Brighton like a pro! We’ll start off teaching our students how the camera works, discussing aperture, shutter speed and ISO and doing fun tasks to understand how each part of the camera works. We’ll also look at famous street photographers’ work such as Bill Brandt, Carolyn Drake and Robert Frank to inspire our young photographers to create great images through their own camera lenses. We’ll then go out and photograph the Brighton lanes looking for inspiring…

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A Workshop Exploring Movement and Mark Making

5 May 2019
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

‘A workshop exploring movement and mark making’ with facilitators Elaine Foster-Gandey, Belinda Papavasiliou and Carlos Ara. Drawing on the ideas set out in the exhibition ‘Movement Makes Marks’ the facilitators will lead you through a series of exercises, using a range of materials, to make marks.  The marks will then form the basis of an exploration in movement. Please wear comfortable clothing.  All materials will be supplied. No experience necessary.  Come with an open mind. Admn: £5 / Conc FREE…

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Jamal Harewood: Word

7 May 201910 May 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

They’re pretty special. They give a person the opportunity to express themselves. They can be read. They can be heard. They can be spoken. They allow us to communicate. I was always told that it’s not what you say, but how you say it - is this true? Become the contestant or host in an audience led gameshow that put the words we use under a magnifying glass. Word is a 2016 Spring Festival co-commission recipient with additional support from…

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HOAX: Bright Raven

14 May 201918 May 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Bright Raven. She’s here to stir things up. She’s starting a cult-clown-creature revolution. A shake up for these turbulent times. A storm in teacup. A collective washing of the brain. And she wants YOU to join. Accompanied by a live electronic soundscape, performed by HOAX’s Flavia Bertram, made with director Stephen Sobal (ALL IN) and supported by Anna-Helena McLean (MOON FOOL), Bright Raven is a comedic induction into a NEW WORLD ORDER. (*Terms and conditions may apply.) Tuesday, May 14…

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STARE

15 May 201919 May 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

STARE is the debut exhibition from Ripple Art Collective. The group of women aim to open conversations on body consciousness and other issues concerning society, sexism and gender. This mixed media show offers personal and autobiographical reflections on the artists' own bodies, experiences and attitudes, representing only a part of the spectrum of female identities. Throughout the process of creating the artwork the artists let their body hair grow, some for the first time since adolescence. This exhibition documents their…

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STARE: Life Drawing

18 May 2019
4:00 pm
6:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
£8.00

Join us for a life drawing session with three beautiful, hairy models. Join the artists for a life drawing session with three beautiful, hairy models of a range of gender and racial identities. The session will begin with a performance by wordsmith Amy Anam Cara before moving into a mixture of short and long poses. You are welcome to bring your own materials. Paper and charcoal provided for a small fee (50p).  

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Cristián Alvear

19 May 2019
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Chilean musician Cristián Alvear is dedicated to the performance, premiere and recording of experimental and contemporary music. He serves as co-curator of the experimental music festival Relincha Festival, in Valdivia, Chile. His work has been published by Edition Wandelweiser Records (Germany), Irritable Hedgehog (USA), Another Timbre (UK), Potlatch (France), 1000füssler (Germany), CADUC (Canada), Ftarri (Japan), Zoomin' Night (China) and Pilgrim Talk (USA). Program: Jürg Frey guitarist, alone Nicolás Carrasco sin título #5 ABOUT AURAL DETRITUS CONCERT SERIES In 2010, Paul…

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Ancient Traces: Artur Soares and the Culture of Bahia

21 May 2019
2:00 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

“Keys of perception” which gathers 7 natural medicines used by different cultures as sacred keys for contact with transcendental perception. This series in an aesthetic path tending toward an abstraction of form. As the perception of the possibilities of the mind transcend what is palpable, the power of nature is far beyond the books and the labels of medicines, it takes humility to be able to see where the eye is not able. By choosing to represent Afro-Brazilian and indigenous…

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I Get Up

23 May 201926 May 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

I GET UP is a video and performance exhibition involving unhoused clients at First Base Day Centre, RAPT Theatre, Dr Roberta Piazza (Sussex University) and RBD Design. Over three months, the group shared stories, food and thoughts about the world in order to create a series of films which are fragmentary, honest and revealing. This exhibition includes videos, writing and photography created during the process and responds to the participants’ experience of living in Brighton and Hove. ABOUT THE ARTISTS…

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Make That Make Sense: An Artist Bio Writing Workshop

30 May 2019
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” - Audre Lorde Join us at for a chance to explore what makes a strong and unique artist bio. This workshop aims to create a supportive space for discussions and activities aimed to help artists of all crafts define and communicate their creative personas. Lead by Communications Manager Susuana Amoah.  

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June 2019

Eco-Glitter Makeup Class with Umber Ghauri

2 June 2019
4:30 pm
6:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Professional Makeup Activist Umber Ghauri returns to for a eco-friendly makeup class! In this makeup demonstration and practice session, Umber Ghauri will be giving you an introduction to their art practice as a makeup artist serving LGBTQ+ people and People of Colour. In this 90 minute session you will learn how to contour, highlight, correct and experiment with eco friendly glitter as Umber gives you answers to all your burning makeup questions and shows you first hand how they create a…

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What Next? Brighton Climate & Culture

4 June 2019
9:30 am
11:30 am
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Please come to Gallery to talk climate change and culture, explore what’s going on and discuss how arts sector practitioners can join forces for positive action locally. Expect to be part of a group of artists interested in tackling climate-related issues. This is a chance to air ideas, to talk to others doing the same and to learn from each other. The agenda is open for 10 minute contributions. So far we have: Karen Poley sharing her arts activism with…

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The Living Coast Undersea Experience

4 June 2019
12:30 pm
5:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
£5.00

Want to look under the waves of our Marine Conservation Zone, without getting wet? Come and explore a new VR experience. KP Projects CIC has teamed up with Gallery to present The Living Coast Undersea Experience on Tuesday 4 June 2019. What is The Living Coast Undersea Experience? It’s a unique VR experience that lets users of all ages explore the underwater world of Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone, which runs between Brighton Marina and Beachy Head, without getting…

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Herd: Queer Stories

5 June 2019
7:30 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

LGBTQ+ storytellers, roll up... Brighton's unusual underground storytelling club is back, hosted by Herd's very own queer storyteller Leah. Herd provides a unique opportunity to connect with others through the power of open-mic storytelling. Join us for a night dedicated to first loves and frissons from Brighton's LGBTQ+ community and allies. There will be booze, non-alcoholic options and a lovely audience. _____ This month's theme is CRUSHES. Expect to hear and share stories about falling head over heels, arse over elbow…

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HOW ARE YOU?: #Sergina’s Live Participatory Soap Opera

8 June 2019
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
#Sergina

HOW ARE YOU? #Sergina’s Live Participatory Soap Opera about Wrestling with Wellbeing in the Digital Age #SERGINA is a multi-bodied, border-straddling drag princess who sings songs about love, lust and loneliness in a time of digitalism. She performs in one place or in many, on the screen and off it, to and with people she can see and people she can’t. Her identity is up for grabs, transferable and viral. #Sergina first came out for parties in Berlin in about 2009,…

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Solidarity: An evening with Tara Mariwany & Susuana Amoah

11 June 2019
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

The Climate crisis is already destroying homes and lives, and BP is fuelling it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJyWQZaL0rU In November 2018, Iraqi activists teamed up with BP or not BP? to protest the opening of the BP-sponsored Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria exhibition, by pretending to be Iraqi civilian protestors facing BP representatives. This was in preparation for the biggest-ever protest at the British Museum in February to mark the sixteen-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Activist Tara Mariwany, will be joining Gallery…

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McKee Brighton

14 June 201917 June 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Pete McKee is delighted to announce the details of his new pop-up gallery in Brighton. After the success of his pop-up galleries in Manchester and London, Pete will be showcasing his unique and highly collectable work in this iconic seaside city. His artwork provides a unique perspective on working class life, offering humorous and tender social commentary on the community he grew up in. His work is also heavily influenced by his passion for music and subcultures. A selection of…

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Kate Sherman: COAST

22 June 201930 June 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Kate Sherman

Photography, childhood innocence and natural human curiosity are the subjects of an intriguing new series of oil paintings by Sussex artist Kate Sherman. Sherman's works depict the urban landscape along the Sussex coast and are made as if driving past in a car. They have a startling photo-realist quality that evokes childhood memories. Seeming slightly out of focus and capturing the unique bleached light of the region, these paintings have an uncomfortable voyeuristic quality. "In these paintings I'm paying homage…

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Graduate Monthly: June Meet Up

27 June 2019
7:00 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
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Are you a recent visual arts graduate or emerging artist looking to meet other artists, find support to continue your practice and navigate the transition from studying to life after university? Join us for the June Graduate Monthly meet up to find out more about how this peer led network can help you. At this meeting there'll be an introduction to the aims of the project, an overview of collaborative projects the network have worked on since it started in…

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Lucy Ogden: Endangered Sea Species

29 June 201930 June 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

An exhibition of ceramics by artist Lucy Ogden inspired by the current state of the worlds oceans. "Human interference is threatening the very life in the oceans. Global warming, overfishing and pollution mean that entire marine ecosystems are rapidly changing. Handmade, slip decorated pieces feature a few of the species under threat. Other pieces are abstract but inspired by life in and around the oceans." - Lucy Ogden This exhibition will be taking place in the basement gallery, accompanying Kate…

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July 2019

Queer + Trans* Art Sector Meeting

1 July 2019
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

In recent months across the UK we’ve become aware of multiple violent attacks towards our community - some well reported in the media, some told to us through emails and direct messages with colleagues, participants and pals. We’ve heard stories of graphic violence, silencing, abuse, hate campaigns, threats and blood shed. This is happening at a time when MP’s from both sides of the house have opposed the teaching of LGBTQ+ relationships in school, when prominent trans* activists are smeared…

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Ananya Rao-Middleton: Now You See Me

3 July 20197 July 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Ananya Rao- Middleton

Now You See Me: Undoing Stereotypes About Women of Colour Depictions of women of colour in art are often filtered through the white, male gaze. Through her first collection, Ananya challenges hegemonic depictions of women of colour as objects and muses, by situating them as protagonists in playful, fantastical backdrops alongside dinosaurs. In this two part collection, Ananya showcases four watercolour paintings that play with fantasy, colour and nature alongside women of colour doing carefree activities with dinosaurs. Ananya chose…

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Whiteness, Race and the Seaside

3 July 2019
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Amid its liberalism, the whiteness of Brighton often goes under scrutinised. The event will explore questions of whiteness and orientalism in Brighton and in other south coast seaside resorts, and it will address how whiteness and Oriental fetish inform these sites of pleasure and leisure. Malcolm James, Amy Zamarripa Solis, Dr. Daniel Burdsey. Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies thinks through the issues facing cultural analysis today: methodologically, ethically, and conceptually. We are deeply committed to the…

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Now You See Me: Exhibition Launch

3 July 2019
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

Now You See Me: Undoing Stereotypes About Women of Colour. Through her first collection, Ananya Rao-Middleton challenges hegemonic depictions of women of colour as objects and muses, by situating them as protagonists in playful, fantastical backdrops alongside dinosaurs. In this two part collection, Ananya showcases four watercolour paintings that play with fantasy, colour and nature alongside women of colour doing carefree activities with dinosaurs. Join Ananya at gallery for the opening of her first solo exhibition.

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Children of the Evolution

4 July 2019
7:30 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Children of the Evolution - an immersive performance Entry between 7.30 & 7.45pm. The performance will last until approx 9.00pm The question of which school to send your child to is a very important one. There has been much publicity around catchment areas and the need to give every child the same chances and opportunities, regardless of where they live and their background. However, how much do you know about what your child is actually being taught in school? Local…

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EXTRACTING US

11 July 201921 July 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Looking Differently: Feminism, Politics and Coal Extraction This exhibition seeks to 'look differently' at the politics of coal extraction, taking an intersectional approach and bringing together feminism, ecology, climate change and politics. Presenting photographs from Indonesia, the exhibition will be accompanied with a workshop, reading group, film screening and talk by Indonesian scholar-activist to create a space for challenging 'north-south' narratives and practicing climate justice. The exhibition is organised and co-curated by members of the Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity…

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EXTRACTING US: EXHIBITION LAUNCH

12 July 2019
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Join us for the launch of Extracting Us: Looking Differently at Feminism, Politics and Coal Extraction, this is a free event and everyone is welcome. This exhibition seeks to 'look differently' at the politics of coal extraction, taking an intersectional approach and bringing together feminism, ecology, climate change and politics. Presenting photographs from Indonesia, the exhibition will be accompanied with a workshop, reading group, film screening and talk by Indonesian scholar-activist to create a space for challenging 'north-south' narratives and…

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Paper / Needle / Rock : Three Poets

18 July 2019
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Words have the power to connect people, prick consciences & bear witness to the endurance of the unheard & unseen. Please join us to celebrate three new books of poetry & to honour human/bio diversity. **The £3 entry charge is redeemable against the price of a book if you buy one!** Adamantine by Naomi Foyle, pre-launch: From odes to remarkable artists and activists, to a lyrical response to breast cancer treatment, Naomi Foyle’s third collection celebrates women’s tenacity and lustre. Internationalist…

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EXTRACTING US: POSTCARD WRITING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

19 July 2019
2:00 pm
4:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

This workshop accompanies the exhibition Extracting Us and invites young people to show accountability in understanding the relationship between coal mining in Indonesia and the UK. Indonesia and the UK are connected by coal extraction and climate change. UK-based mining companies gained concessions in Indonesia in the 19th century, leaving a legacy that includes tailing waste, conflict, environmental destruction and asset divestment scandals. Indonesia is the second biggest coal exporter in the world and so is an important contributor to…

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O N C A Summer Volunteer Open Evening

23 July 2019
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join us at ONCA gallery to find out about our various and exciting volunteer opportunities. We’re currently looking for volunteers for our gallery and barge – We need people to join our core team as ongoing medium to long-term part-time volunteers. This informal evening will be an opportunity to find out more about  ONCA and talk to current volunteers about their experiences. We’ll also be discussing what skills people have or would like to learn while volunteering at ONCA. See you there!

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Beth Walker: DEVENIR

26 July 201928 July 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Brighton based artist and filmmaker Beth Walker presents DEVENIR, a joyful exploration of growth, life, rhythm and renewal through moving image. Playfully blending the digital and the hand crafted, DEVENIR stems from Beth's process of creating symmetrical paper collages, which grow spontaneously from the centre to form intricate abstract designs. Beth began to document these collages at each stage of creation, resulting in intriguing animated loops. In DEVENIR, these loops dance together in a myriad of compositions, creating a rich…

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August 2019

Say Aphasia Art Exhibition

1 August 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Join us for this one day pop-up exhibition showcasing artworks created by participants from Say Aphasia's drop in art classes. Once a month people with aphasia participate in a drop in art class as a way of relief from the frustrations that Aphasia causes them. Aphasia is a communication disorder or condition that makes it difficult to read, write or speak. It can happen after a stroke or following a brain injury. Opening times: 12noon - 9pm FREE & ALL…

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Pride Window: Jacob V Joyce

2 August 20198 August 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

For this year's Pride weekend we are proud to display a triptych of LGBTQ+ portraits by the artist Jacob V Joyce in our gallery window. Below Jacob shares the stories of those depicted in the portraits and the important contribution they've made to queer history: OSUMARE Osumare is the West African Yoruba Orisha of the rainbow and the water cycle; they are worshiped as a deity both synonymous with and capable of gender fluidity. It is said that Osumare alternates…

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Graduate Monthly: August Meet Up

29 August 2019
7:00 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

For our August meet up we're offering an open crit session. If you've got something you're working on, thinking about starting or even if you haven't made anything in ages and just feel a bit stuck - come along to this informal peer led session and get support and advice from artists in similar situations. If you don't want to show your work you can still attend and just listen or offer your own insights to others. If you'd like…

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September 2019

Tom Nicholson: HAPPY VALLEY

4 September 20198 September 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

HAPPY VALLEY marks a checkpoint in a two year long project made in response to the building developments happening here in the valley gardens area where is situated. Before its demolition and subsequent redevelopment Nicholson created works at the site of the old Astoria Cinema that reflected his own experience, observations and research undertaken on the buildings history and current state. This has developed into a wider project focussing on the entire ‘Valley Gardens’ development - a £20 Million pound…

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HOPE

11 September 201922 September 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

We’re excited to showcase artworks from  community of members at our gallery venue in central Brighton. The theme for the exhibition is HOPE, and we are honoured to have many imaginative and creative interpretations of the concept from our talented members. The artists featured in this exhibition are: Robert Ashby Tricia Enns John Moore Solange Leon Iriarte Cui Li Bridget McKenzie Rachel Norwood Miranda Ellis MNamug Sanja Matkovic Jenny Lynne Sessions Jane Sarre Harriet Clapham Madeleine Rogers Chenille L’Oiseau Francesca…

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Global Witness Environmental Defenders workshop

22 September 2019
5:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

It has never been more important to protect the environment and the people fighting to defend it. The battle for the environment is also a crucial battleground for human rights. Global Climate Strike is an international movement of young people who participate in global climate strikes and a week of actions to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone. As part of Global Climate Strike week, Youth Strike 4 Climate Brighton and are…

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London Mining Network’s PhoneCycle Workshop

25 September 2019
5:00 pm
7:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

We are constantly being encouraged to update our smartphones and we should be asking what the true environmental and social costs are. How can we all enjoy owning a smartphone yet cause minimal damage to people and planet? How do we talk to each other about the problem of digital technology in an informed way? What is the relationship between mineral extraction for digital technology and environmental justice? London Mining Network's PhoneCycle board game is designed to stimulate lively conversation…

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Molly Astley: Touching Space

27 September 201929 September 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

‘Touching Space’ is Molly’s first solo show, collating drawings, paintings, prints and photographs created over the past three years. The show will also feature an audio-visual collaboration with video artist Annie Elliot. Deeply inspired by time spent living off-grid in Andalusian mountains between 2016-2017, the work documents her search and discovery of space, inner and outer, within the experience of chronic pain. ‘Touching Space’ celebrates a journey towards reconnection, expansion, self-compassion and wonder, yet the dissonance experienced on returning home…

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October 2019

Climate Talks

2 October 20196 October 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Portrait of young climate activists by Milly Bampini

Explore art and playful ways to talk about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, and create your own tool to open up a climate conversation. Climate Museum UK is a new, mobile museum that stirs and collects responses to the Emergency, aiming to help people learn, express feelings and take positive action. Climate Talks is the Museum’s first full exhibition, testing the ways that talking and learning about the Emergency can empower and make a difference. It is part of the Museums…

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Luke Brown: Wooded Heights

9 October 201913 October 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

‘Wooded Heights’ focuses on the landscape of the Ancient Caledonian Forest and Grampian Mountains of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. Explored over the course of three winters, the series is a look into the wildest and most endangered habitat in the UK. Only 1% of native woodland now remains in the Cairngorms. Pockets exist in isolation from one another, resulting in a fragmented landscape, which is home to some of the country’s rarest wildlife. Its future hangs in the…

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Hidden Paths

16 October 201920 October 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

A new and timely exhibition ‘Hidden Paths’ offers an immersive and reflective space to explore how current crises of extreme weather, automation, political instability and inequality are connected in deep and often invisible ways. ‘Hidden Paths’ welcomes visitors to consider the troubled systems that we live in and the possibilities for transformation. Through a series of artworks - from a sonic waterfall, sculptures, recipes, film and video, to a virtual reality (VR) experience - visitors will explore how we imagine…

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O N C A Autumn Volunteer Open Evening

21 October 2019
6:00 pm
7:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join us at gallery to find out about our various and exciting volunteer opportunities. We’re currently looking for volunteers for the Gallery and Barge – We need people to join our core team as ongoing medium to long-term part-time volunteers. This informal evening will be an opportunity to find out more about and talk to current volunteers about their experiences. We’ll also be discussing what skills people have or would like to learn while volunteering at . See you there!

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SEVEN

25 October 201927 October 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Seven artists with a diverse range of styles, approaches, interests and backgrounds unite with the objective to create a colourful and evocative exhibition in the heart of Brighton. SEVEN promises to incorporate an eclectic mix of two- dimensional artwork, resulting not only from the myriad of processes and media used, but also from the naturally occurring variety of influences and passions of the respective artists. The whole is more than the sum of its parts… The exhibition is open on…

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Electric Eclectic; Life, the Universe and…

30 October 20193 November 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Launch Event: Wednesday 30 October, 6 - 8pm ALL WELCOME Tension between commonly perceived realism and individual interpretation is explored and presented within Electric Eclectic; Life, the Universe and... The diversity of Kym Cox's practice of photographing soap bubbles, soap films and foams and Juliet Evan's travel, landscape and urban documentary engages the audience by transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. For what we see in the perspective of commonplace and everyday is turned upside down, inside out by these…

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Graduate Monthly: October Meet Up

31 October 2019
7:00 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

For our October meet up we are going on a self-guided tour of Brighton, exploring secret sites around our city that have been suggested by our members.  These sites will vary from hidden gallery spaces (rumour has it there is one at the back of a Vape shop) to spaces we find intriguing and stimulating. We hope that this walk will give us an opportunity to visually mark these spaces and discuss their significance. Perhaps they will even inspire our…

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November 2019

Atmospheres of Violence

5 November 20197 November 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

We live in a time when people are transforming the earth’s climate, changing the skin of the planet through deforestation, dredging the seas and delving for metals and fuel. Resistance to this systematic change is powerful and sometimes successful – and is violently repressed. Across the world over the last 15 years, more than 1500 people have been killed because they took action to defend their lands, forests, rivers and environment. Thousands more face criminalisation, threats, vilification and ‘slow violence’…

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Atmospheres of Violence panel discussion

6 November 2019
7:00 pm
9:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

Atmospheres of Violence panel discussion at Gallery. We live in a time when people are transforming the earth’s climate, changing the skin of the planet through deforestation, dredging the seas and delving for metals and fuel. Resistance to this systematic change is powerful and sometimes successful – and is violently repressed. Across the world over the last 15 years, more than 1500 people have been killed because they took action to defend their lands, forests, rivers and environment. Thousands more…

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Lily Rigby: what the water gave me

9 November 201917 November 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

"There is something about water that draws us to it; it has a sort of power that has a mysterious hold on us. It is impossible to control; it is forever flowing and can take any course." Lily began her paintings for this exhibition during her artist residency in Cornwall in April earlier this year. She stayed by the sea, where she would walk and paint everyday. Lily fell in love with the silver light on the sea. Since coming…

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Lily Rigby: what the water gave me – Private View

9 November 2019
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free
Paintings

Join us at gallery for the opening of Lily Rigby's second solo exhibition: what the water gave me Lily's new paintings explore the power of water – a universal symbol for change. The exhibition will be open until 17th November at Gallery. All visitors are warmly welcomes to the private view, where all the work is for sale. There will be delicious canapés by Rosa Rigby and Drinks by Jarrolds Gin. Lily will be donating a portion of all gallery…

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Deru Anding: Generations

20 November 201920 December 2019
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

For Lost Species Day 2019 exhibition, indigenous artist Deru Anding will be showcasing an inspiring series of grand panoramic drawings in which he encapsulates and preserves his natural environment and community for present and future generations. Curated by Susuana Amoah, this exhibition of Anding’s works raise awareness of protests against ongoing tropical deforestation and aims to encourage wider solidarity with indigenous communities. Join us for the launch event at 6pm on 20 November 2019. Click here to RSVP About the…

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Generations by Deru Anding: BSL Exhibition Tour

20 November 2019
5:00 pm
5:45 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free
black and white illustration of forest people sitting among trees

For our Lost Species Day 2019 exhibition: Generations, is hosting a free BSL interpreted tour of the show. Generations is an exhibition of Deru Anding's illustrations, in which he shows the life of his forest community. This lifestyle and the forest have now gone. With this inspiring series of grand panoramic drawings in which he encapsulates and preserves his natural environment and community for present and future generations. About the Artist Born and raised amongst the Bidayuh Tribe near the jungle in…

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Generations: Launch Event

20 November 2019
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join , Youth Strike 4 Climate Brighton and Deru Anding for the launch of Generations, our Lost Species Day exhibition and programme. Generations is a creative and educational exhibition and environmental justice events programme that explores the tension between remembering and renewal in apocalyptic times. There will be a BSL interpreter present at this event. There will also be a BSL tour of the exhibition exclusively for D/deaf audiences beforehand, at 5pm. Sign up here for the BSL tour. Image…

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New Threads: Slow Fashion Panel Discussion

22 November 2019
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Slow Fashion Panel Discussion with By Rotation and Mayamiko With the growing concerns about how fast fashion is negatively impacting the environment, more and more people are turning to eco and sustainable fashion. But what makes a brand sustainable? What exactly is slow fashion? We’ll be discussing these questions and more at gallery. We will be joined by Eshita Kabra-Davies who is the founder of By Rotation, the UK's first peer-to-peer fashion rental app, and Paola Masperi, founder of Mayamiko, an…

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Make, Do and Mend Day

23 November 2019
1:00 pm
5:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Donation

A fun day of making, mending and upcycling at  gallery with Climate Action Movement and Queer Crafts Club In the lead-up to the next Youth Strike 4 Climate demo on 29 November, which asks people to mobilise against the fast fashion industry, come and create your own fashion pieces with crafters from Climate Action Movement and Queer Crafts Club. Learn how to repair your old clothes, add embroidery to a T-shirt, add designs to your canvas bags, or make a…

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An Evening with Suzanne Dhaliwal

27 November 2019
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free
photo of smiling person standing in misty woodland

We're thrilled to welcome leading voice for climate justice Suzanne Dhaliwal to Gallery for an evening of conversation and inspiration as part of our Generations: Lost Species Day 2019 programme. Suzanne will talk about her anti-oppression and diversity work in climate activism, and explore a range of topics around art and activism with a presentation followed by a friendly discussion session. Listen to the audio recording of this talk. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Suzanne is an activist and campaigner, working on indigenous…

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Forest Communities and Palm Oil: Film Screening and Discussion

28 November 2019
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

As part of the Generations programme for Lost Species Day 2019, we will be hosting a film screening and discussion event exploring the loss of forest cultures and livelihoods in Borneo. The series of films shown on the night will explore research by  University of Brighton and CIFOR into issues related to care, gender and youth in the expansion of oil palm in Indonesia. The evening will be hosted by WEGO researcher Dian Ekowati in conversation with artist Deru Anding…

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December 2019

Solidarity: An Evening with Joshua Virasami and Wretched of the Earth

5 December 2019
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Following last year's Solidarity event, we are happy to welcome Joshua Virasami back to along with Kieran Kirkwood of Wretched of the Earth for an evening of conversation. Wretched of the Earth is an activist coalition based in the United Kingdom, representing the interests of the Global South and people of colour in response to climate change. Together, we’ll be exploring questions of climate justice ranging from the Green New Deal to ways to organise and build solidarity across borders…

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Brighton Student Climate Networking Event

6 December 2019
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Calling all Brighton and Hove university and college students who are interested in climate justice! Join us at for an informal evening of talks and creative activities to generate conversation and connections amongst students working on action for climate justice, or wanting to find out more about how to get involved. Speakers include activists from: NUS, Decolonise Sussex, Climate Action Movement and Global Justice Now Brighton Snacks provided! 16 +

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Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

10 December 2019
6:00 pm
13 December 2019
7:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Join us for a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop. During this fun, festive and informal session you'll be guided through how to make a beautiful wreath using locally foraged foliage on a handmade willow ring base. Each wreath can be tailored to your own tastes and can include Ivy, Holly, Bay, Rosemary, Oranges, Cinnamon, Hydrangeas etc. Times, dates and prices Tues 10, 6-7pm Wed 11, 6-7pm Fri 13 Dec, 6-7pm Please email or call 01273 607101 if you have any…

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January 2020

New Year Clothes Swap

16 January
5:00 pm
7:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

annual new year’s clothes swap is back! Tickets are £2.50 online / £3 on the door. All funds will go towards supporting environmental and creative learning projects. How our clothes swap works: Buy your entry ticket online or on the door Bring your good quality clean pre-loved clothes. Bric a brac and toys are welcome too. Please don’t bring anything that needs to go straight to recycling/ the incinerator We’ll help you put your clothes out on the tables and…

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Cthuluscene: Launch Event

22 January
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

David Blandy & Claire Barrett have been working together through research, video and installation to examine the contemporary condition, exploring the history of science and the roots of the climate cataclysm. 'Cthuluscene' addresses the climate crisis and our collective future, through a close examination of our relationship to the concept of 'nature'. Blandy & Barrett’s films use essayist voiceover, folk tales and poetry to create a meditation on the history of scientific enquiry and the parallel evolution of ideas, and…

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David Blandy & Claire Barrett: Cthuluscene

23 January15 February
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

'Cthuluscene' brings together a group of works made by Blandy & Barrett that address the climate crisis and our collective future, through a close examination of nature. Their finely crafted films use essayist voiceover, folk tales and poetry to create a meditation on the history of scientific inquiry and the parallel evolution of ideas, and what we do now that the paradigms of the post-industrial world are breaking down. Filming at University College London’s Grant Museum of Zoology, the film…

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The World After in the Cthuluscene: Roleplay gaming event

29 January
6:00 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join artist David Blandy for an evening workshop to build new elements based on Brighton's myths, legends and ecosystems for open world game 'The World After', where danger lurks in magically enhanced flora and fauna and a shadowy 'Corporation' are seeking to exploit its untapped riches. Developed through sessions with Roleplay gamers across the UK from diverse backgrounds, Blandy invites players to build further details into these new societies through discussion, drawing and writing. Suitable for ages 18+ FREE ABOUT…

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February 2020

Kids Roleplay World Building & Storytelling Workshop

1 February
1:00 pm
3:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

In this workshop for children aged 8-13yrs, young people will create new fantasy worlds, designing individual characters based on combinations of humanoids with plant and animal features. These characters will be given life stories and a narrative will be built around a world that combines the ideas of all involved. We will then play a game based on the imagined space we have designed, weaving together local flora, fauna, myths and legends. Suitable for ages 8 - 13yrs FREE ABOUT…

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Fabric-ation: slip back to source, a journey of materials – Anthology Launch

4 February
6:30 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join us for a launch of Poetry Collective 2’s anthology of work created on the Fabric-ation course, autumn 2019, by the following poets: Lucy Brennan Shiel Jane Buckler Lola Bunbury-Davies Patrick Crawford Sudakini Davies Naomi Foyle Alice Owen Karen Smith Vera Zakharov About the Editors kin’d & kin’d is a composite eco-poet, the creation of Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler who have been collaborating on a range of art-text projects and eco-poetry courses for several years.

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Meet the Artist: David Blandy

15 February
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

On the last day of Cthuluscene, our first 2020 exhibition, we invite you to join us in the gallery where we’ll be hosting a conversation with artist David Blandy and co-director Persephone Pearl about Cthuluscene - the project and its themes. Listen to the audio recording of this talk. ABOUT THE ARTISTS David Blandy and Claire Barrett have been working together to examine humanity’s place in the universe, the desire to order the chaos around us, and the myth of…

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Shining a light on extinction

19 February26 February
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Brothers Ed & James Harrison, founders of creative entity 'Under The Skin', bring their first solo exhibition to Brighton to shine a light on some of the world’s most endangered species and the efforts being made to rescue them. Prints That Protect: Wandering Albatrosses from Under The Skin on Vimeo. 'Under the Skin' prints are hand-crafted pieces of art with a powerful underlying message: under UV light, the phosphorescent skeleton of each animal is exposed, a reminder of all that…

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Shining a light on extinction: Private View

19 February
5:00 pm
7:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join brothers Ed & James Harrison, founders of creative entity ‘Under The Skin’, for the private view their first solo exhibition. This exhibition also sees 'Under The Skin' launch a series of short films, created by Luke Ripley and Max Smith, which provide a unique insight into their creative process and the invaluable work that their artistic venture supports. Under the Skin encourages visitors to broaden their awareness of the current environmental issues facing our planet and use the skills…

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Graduate Monthly: An Evening with Nadia Buyse & Jodie Cavalier

27 February
7:00 pm
8:30 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

For our February meet up artist in residence Jodie Cavalier and curator of our current exhibition LOUD + CLEAR Nadia Buyse will host an evening exclusively for Graduate Monthly offering insights into their work and creative practices. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your access needs please contact: or 01273 607101 or complete this form: ABOUT THE ARTISTS Nadia is an artist, musician, curator, and theorist who has been in over 37 bands and has…

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Loud + Clear: Opening Party

28 February
6:00 pm
9:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Come along to the opening party of Loud + Clear hosted by artist in residence Jodie Cavalier. Loud + Clear is an incredible exhibition curated by Nadia Buyse (DUBAIS) that highlights women + non binary artists working on the axis of music and visual art to dismantle expectations; to create their own communities, histories and means of production. Image Credit: Ana da Silva About the Host Jodie Cavalier is an artist and educator. She received her BA from the University of…

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Loud + Clear

29 February7 March
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

There is a fine line between tokenization and representation... ...and within the culture industries that line is blurry… but let’s not focus on industry. Let’s focus on labour and the women + non binary artists working on the axis of music and visual art to dismantle expectations; to create their own communities, histories and means of production. Ana da Silva Anna Louisa Petrisko Cristy Road Elly Clarke (Sergina) Gina Birch LaJohn Joseph Sharmi Basu (Beast Nest) She Shreds Magazine Tieraney…

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Cristy Road + Sergina + DUBAIS

29 February
7:00 pm
10:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Special site specific performances in Gallery from participating artists and curator from the LOUD + CLEAR exhibition Featuring Cristy Road, Sergina (Elly Clark), and DUBAIS (Nadia Buyse.) Drinks on site. Image Credit: Nadia Buyse About the Performers Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist, writer and musician who’s been supplying creativity for punk rock, publishing, & social justice movements since she was a teenager in Miami, circa1997. Road self-published Green’zine for ten years, and has since released three illustrated novels…

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March 2020

An Evening with Cristy C. Road, creator of The Next World Tarot deck

3 March
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

Join us in the gallery on 3 March for an evening of tarot and conversation with punk illustrator Cristy C. Road, creator of the paradigm-shifting Next World Tarot deck. Cristy will read and share images from the Next World Tarot deck and the accompanying NWT book, followed by a Q&A session. Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, the Next World Tarot envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. The Fool's Journey is about…

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FIGURATIONS

10 March14 March
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

‘FIGURATIONS’ brings together the works of four artists, all having in common an embodied approach to the expression of queer existence in contemporary image culture. Featuring work by Elija Grybe, Chris Daubaras, Oscar Cheung and Maria Unger. These instances, citing corporeality as a key reference in their works, range from Oscar Cheung's positioning of selfhood in relation to the hierarchical conflicts that underline heteronormative taste in graphic design; to the brightly coloured paintings of Chris Daubaras, which play on the fantastical,…

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FIGURATIONS: Launch Event

10 March
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom
Free

Join us for the exhibition launch of ‘FIGURATIONS’. This exhibition presents a selection of paintings, performances and graphic design works by Chris Daubaras, Elija Grybe, Maria Unger and Oscar Cheung. ‘FIGURATIONS’ explores queer representation, agency and identity through artistic imaginations around a broader notion of ‘body’, thus reflecting on experiences of being LGBTQI+ in contemporary image culture.

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The Salon: Black women, hair and heritage

13 March
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
ONCA Gallery, 14 St George's Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4GB United Kingdom

The Salon is a zine celebrating Black women, femmes, hair and heritage. This amazing zine contains personal stories from MP Dawn Butler, author Otegha Uwagba and drag queen Son of a Tutu, including photography, poetry, essays and illustrations. Join us for a Q&A with the creator, Korantema Anyimadu. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-22KEoP4cQ   This event has a limited number of concession tickets that have been made available through the support BMECP. If you are a person of colour who requires a concession ticket…

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