Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Until The Cows Come Home (art)

My sister organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday afternoon (yes, I know, but don't tell her!) and I took the opportunity to make a quick detour on the way there to stop in at a new gallery in Berwick.

Until The Cows Come Home is the brainchild of Amanda Rabagliati. Amanda worked in the probation service for 28 years before she took the brave step of embarking on a complete career change. Initially opening The Apiary in Alfriston, she also has a website selling Lampe Berger room fragrances and the art gallery completes her trio of projects.

Based at Berwick Court Farm, Until The Cows Come Home has a varied and gorgeous range of contemporary works including art, textiles, porcelain and bronzes. The name was chosen as a result of the location. The farm used to be home to hundreds of cattle but, as they have now all gone, their cowsheds are being put to other uses.

My eye was first drawn to two lifesize bronze resin figures by Suzie Marsh. I would love to own the Shetland pony and Amanda's choice would be the humorous fox leap-frogging over a sheep! At the other end of the scale, UTCCH also stocks incredibly delicate looking porcelain tealight holders which appear to be made from egg shells. These are the work of London-based artist Sinead O'Moore and I was told that the porcelain is so thin that you can actually see the flame glowing through it when lit tealights are inside. Amanda is very proud to have three beautiful drawings by wildlife artist Richard Symonds. One original and two prints, they are of large cats including a rare Amun tiger and really have to be seen to be believed.

From closer to home, Carola Van Dyke's stunning appliqued cushions are made in Firle and painters Mark Glassman and Fiona Morrison are from Seaford and Eastbourne respectively. Artist-in-Residence at Glyndebourne Julian Sutherland-Beatson is also from Eastbourne and jewellery-maker Sandy Hernu works in Alfriston.

A fun diversion until the 7th of October is UTCCH's own Cow Parade. Inspired by the global public art phenomenon, Amanda asked five of 'her artists' to each paint a small plain cow in their own style. These cows are now being auctioned in aid of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Bidding closes on the 7th of October so get your offers in quick. If you can't get to the gallery in time, the cows are also pictured online here.

The gallery is open Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri 12:00-17:00, Sat 11:00-17:00 and Sun 14:00-17:00.
Closed on Tuesdays.

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