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OPEN 2020 Littlehampton museum

For the past eight years, Littlehampton Museum’s OPEN exhibition has brought together artists of all ages and abilities, from all over Sussex, and has resulted in hundreds of unique and stunning pieces of work being produced and shown to our visitors. This year, with the whole idea of togetherness seeming more important than ever, we have done same thing…with a little twist.

This year we invited everyone to submit something, anything created during lockdown. Here are the results...

Rainbow House

Caron Style

Mixed Media

My inspiration came from seeing all the rainbows drawn by children in my neighbours houses whilst in lockdown. The Nurse signifies the struggle to save lifes whilst we stayed at home safe.

The Beach

Geraldine Leal

Kate Walking in the Woods

Anthony Veal

Mixed Media

Raising spirits on a bright and breezy VE Day

Patrick Riddy

Acrylic Paint on Canvas Board

I just had to capture the moment of VE Day during the hot month of May, and the colours in my front garden. The celebrations were a perfect release of emotion against the backdrop of Lockdown - portraying hope and resilience.

Shells

Linda Gazzard

Acrylic

A reminder of the time during lockdown when we were so thankful for the NHS and the hope that the future might bring

Blue Pier 1

John Cassford

Oil

My piers lead me to the horizon, above the waves into the sky, a firm structure beckoning me into an assured future, and reminding me of happy days as a child.

Three Deep at the Bar

Peter Betts

Wood carving

Depiction of a pastime of the recent past

Escape to Allotment

Carol Haffenden

Acrylic on Board

Lots of time gardening during lockdown produced a bumper harvest.

Towards Seaford Head

John Bath

Oil on Canvas

Corona Virus - Holiday cancelled

Clive Martin

Acrylic on Paper

I wanted to set realisation of the dark, deadly and unsettling Covid 19 virus against the news that "swimming pool holidays" might be cancelled. Which was the subject most alarmed about?

Climping Beach Ruins

Geraldine Leal

Great Vases Heart (anagram)

Peter Betts

Wood Carving

Hope for the environment. Carved from local hazel

Alone

Eliza John

Watercolour and Collage

The sadness of isolation

Marooned

Chris Holley

Acrylic and Pigment on Canvas

An agonised figure hangs suspended and marooned, which is how I sometimes felt as an artist during lockdown.

Happy Clappy

Bronwen Lloyd

Papier Mache

Finding something to cheer about in a crisis

In Isolation

Rosemary Green

Patchwork and Embroidery - Stitch

Houses in this piece show peoples' homes as we are in lockdown

Bear in Window

Geraldine Leal

Digital Art

I've seen lots of teddy bears in windows in Arundel

Thank You NHS

Geraldine Leal

Digital Art

I've seen lots of posters thanking the NHS in Arundel

Retired by the Sea

Peter Betts

Sculpture

Rescued groyne wood, retired by the sea, repurposed to represent a senior couple walking into a stiff sea breeze.

Memory Vessel - The Fragility of Memory, All In One Day

Samantha English

Copper and Hand Applied Silver

I seek to capture the fragility and preciousness of memory, captured in a vessel. This piece is the captured memory of one day in lockdown.

Words with Meaning

Fiona Germaine

Photoboard

We played many Scrabble games during lockdown. This gave me the idea of playing with relevant lockdown words. Took quite some time!!

Trapped

Allan Finn

Representing feelings created by the isolation and fears generated by this unprecedented event.

6am on the Beach. Susie Olford. Oil on Canvas (click on image to view in full)

One Eyed Jack

Anthony Veal

Mixed

Endless Day

Sue Olford

Oil on Board

A view of a hot summers evening in 2020

Cheer Up Nanny!

Lucy Coomer, Age 8

Acrylic on Stones

The New Normal

Ben Cavanagh

Paint Pens on recycled train ticket

This was one of the first train tickets I painted on during lockdown, the start of it all.

Climb

Ben Cavanagh

Paint pens on recycled train ticket

This piece expresses how even a simple trip to the supermarket felt like climbing a mountain, fearful of the journey.

Hero

Ben Cavanagh

Paint pens on recycled train ticket

The NHS, super heroes in the real world

Mist

Ben Cavanagh

Paint pens on recycled background

Depicting the continued struggles the NHS face changing lives.

The Wave

Ben Cavanagh

Paint pens on recycled train ticket

At times during lockdown, it felt like rowing against the tide, feeling unsafe and going forward into the unknown.

My pal Meg painted for a friend

Anthony Veal

Watercolour and Ink

Trees @ Framfield

John Bath

Oil on Canvas

The Beach in Felpham

Geraldine Leal

Photography

Barge and Coaster

Anthony Veal

Pen and Sepia Wash

Sussex by the Sea

Rosemary Green

Fabric & Stitch (simple stitches)

Love living by the sea - it is calming and peaceful! (which we all need at this time).

Lockdown - Shock

Sara Sadler

Composite Photography

This is from a series called "Seven Stages of Lockdown". People have compared lockdown to the stages of grief. This series depicts the different emotional states a lot of us went through during these strange times. This is the first in the series "Shock".

Lockdown - Denial

Sara Sadler

Photography

Lockdown - Guilt

Sara Sadler

Photography

Pomegranates in Italian Bowl

John Bath

Oil on Board

Rainbow

Ian Passmore

Stained Glass

I Face Global Air Row (anagram).

Jim Hughes

In Lockdown

Rosemary Green

Patchwork and Embroidery

Houses in this piece show peoples' homes as we are in lockdown!

Bear in Window

Geraldine Leal

Digital Photography and Paint 3D

There are lots of teddy bears in windows and people are staying in a lot more than before lockdown.

Bear in Window with TV

Geraldine Leal

Digital Photography and Paint 3D

(above - Click on image to view in full)

Littlehampton Summer

Littlehampton U3A Art and Craft Group

Mixed Media

A communal project from our art and craft group mostly during lockdown, comprised of a textile, painted and 3D depiction of Littlehampton seafront with postcards around the edge of various highlights of the town and surrounds.

My Blue Pier

John Cassford

Oil Paint

My piers lead me to the horizon, above the waves into the sky, a firm structure beckoning me into an assured future, and reminding me of happy days as a child.

St Augustines One Tree Hill

John Bath

Watercolour and Pencil

River Arun in Arundel

Geraldine Leal

Photography

Solitude

Eliza John

Acrylic

Isolation and loneliness

Take a Knee

Peter Betts

Sculpture

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement during lockdown. The carved wooden head stands on a driftwood and scrapwood base.

At the Collier, Arundel

Anthony Veal

Pen and Wash

Pandemic Pacman

Allan Finn

Expressing feeling created by isolation and fears created during lockdown.

Heads Together

Peter Betts

Sculpture

Carved scrap wood joined with copper tube, groyne wood and an old turned base reflecting communities.

Purple Haze

Susie Olford

Acrylic on Board

Deep colours of a summer haze in 2020

View from window during lockdown

Rosemary Green

Fabric and Stitch

Towards Newhaven

John Bath

Oil on Board

Great Dixter Garden in Summer

Rosemary Green

Patchwork and Embroidery - Stitch

Inspiration came from a photo in a gardening book - My garden was my safe place!

Bipolar Spiral

Peter Betts

Sculpture

Painted Jasmine wood spiral and repurposed skewers with a carved head. Mental heath issues have been brought to the fore during the pandemic and this work represents the extreme moods of a person with an acute mental illness.

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