BiG August Summer Party

Fri 21 Jul 2017 by Garry_Robson

BiG Summer Party
Wednesday 23rd August
Time: 8PM - Midnight

Venue: The Nightingale Room, upstairs at Grand Central, 29-30 Surrey Street. Brighton

This coming August we are staging a BiG social get-together and networking event for all our members at the very lovely Nightingale room, upstairs at Grand Central, including a DJ. We are also inviting other local artists along to meet our members and provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more about what artists and illustrators are up to in Brighton.
 
Free drinks for early arrivals
 
There will be a limited number of free drinks available at the bar in the Nightingale Room for people arriving early, so be there early if you want to snap up a free drink before it all goes.

Please RSVP to let us know you’re attending
 
We’d love everyone to turn up as a big surprise, but just so we can plan the event more efficiently it would help enormously if you can use the RSVP link to confirm that you're attending.
 
Bring a friend
 
If you know other artists or illustrators who’d like to be part of the evening, then please bring them along. Friends and partners of BiG members are also welcome – just remember to indicate on the RSVP how many are coming with you.

Showcasing work by BiG members
 
We will be showing examples of work by all our members on a big screen in the Nightingale Room including some examples of film and animation.
 
Show and tell
 
There will also be tables provided for BiG members to show examples of their published work such as greeting cards, badges, stickers and books etc. BiG members who have work they’d like to show, should bring a few items along (please bring no more than 3 to ensure there is space for everyone).
 
And bring business cards if you have them! We’ll have a space for those too.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
- BiG

Newsletter and event poster designed and illustrated by Manic Minotaur

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Horizons Summer Show

Tue 20 Jun 2017 by Jo_Moore

Chris & Carol•Horizons

BiG members Chris McEwan and Carol Lawson will once again be showing their work (alongside Nichola Campbell) at The Grange, Rottingdean. This year's exhibition is titled Land • Sea • Space and runs from June 22nd to July 11th. As well as featuring recent paintings Chris will also be showing his amazing collection of robots and space toys. Not to be missed. All welcome. 

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BiG June Event: Six by Six (FREE)

Tue 20 Jun 2017 by Garry_Robson

Date: Wednesday 28th June
Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: 68 Middle Street venue, 68 Middle Street, Brighton, Bn1

This event is sponsored by 68 Middle Street and Clearleft.

Dear members,

We are excited to inform you about the BiG event for June – we have six fabulous illustrators who will each be giving a short 10 minute presentation about their work and influences, followed by questions.
 
As is the case with all BiG events, this is also a great opportunity to meet and catch-up with other BiG members as well as to meet new faces.

Let us know you are attending this event

Link to the RSVP form
 
This event is free but as spaces are limited, we request that you respond to this bulletin using the short RSVP reply form below to indicate your interest in attending. The venue has limited space so we want to make sure the BiG members get an opportunity to attend. Please note that you will receive a confirmation email from [email protected] after you've accepted the event invitation.

 

About the presenters

Janne Iivonen
Janne is an award winning Finnish illustrator currently based in Brighton, UK. His fun and optimistic illustrations often feature a cast of unique characters depicted in a variety of everyday situations. His main source of inspiration stems from his daily observations of people and life around him. He has created illustrations or clients including The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Telegraph, Heineken, Tiffany & Co, American Airlines and EasyJet.

Jo Moore
For more than twenty years Jo has illustrated most things from how the internal combustion engine works, the respiratory system of the body, to making a bag out of recycled gift paper. Jo has created illustrations or clients including Usborne Publishing, The Natural History Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Tony Potter Publishing and BBC television.

Scott Nellis (aka Manic Minotaur)
Scott Nellis (aka Manic Minotaur) is a freelance illustrator and greeting card publisher based in Brighton. His bright and cheery range of cards, colouring books, badges and pins are inspired by music, travel, movies and fun – Scott creates his own personal take on popular culture. Scott draws everything by hand using an arsenal of fine-liner and marker pens or his handy Wacom tablet and a nice bit of Photoshop wizardry.

Adrian Day
Adrian is Creative Director of Kineo – a learning technology developer, creating innovative and award-winning work such as e-learning tools with UK and international clients.

Daniel Walters (Sea Creatures)
Sea Creatures is a design studio based in Brighton, founded in 2014 by Creative Director Dan Walters (it is now run with the help of his partner Sarah Kelly). The team create beautiful surface patterns, illustration and graphic design.

Helen Cann
Helen is an author and illustrator specialising in children's books, mapping and lettering.  She has contributed to over 30 books, won several awards and exhibited around the world.  Her illustrations are mainly hand produced using watercolour, collage and graphite and have been used in picture books, anthologies and chapter books.  She loves anything to do with maps and type. Sometimes the two things even come together!

See you there!
 
BiG

Newsletter illustration by Amy Rogers

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George Underwood BiG Event - Video

Sat 10 Jun 2017 by Mia_Underwood

Hello!

My brother Tas Underwood has just put the video of George Underwood's BiG talk up on YouTube for you all to see, incase you missed it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPvEOsW0AmA&feature=youtu.be

I hope you all enjoy it.

Many thanks,

Mia

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Michael Munday: ‘Abstracted’ Exhibition on now

Thu 08 Jun 2017 by michael_munday

I'm currently showing an exhibition of recent abstract paintings at Martyrs' Gallery (formerly Hop Gallery) in Lewes, at the Star Brewery, Fisher St. Twenty-four paintings, many of them in response to a trip to Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in southern India.

There I was very influenced by the bright colours of houses, clothes, sky, advertising, temples, and of course, something of the iconography of Kerala.

Martyrs’ Gallery & Project Space, Star Brewery, Lewes BN7 1YJ, UK.

It runs from 3-25 June, open Thursdays – Sundays, 12-5pm. https://www.martyrs.gallery/

Saturday 17 June, 2pm: Join me in the gallery for a walk-and-talk around this new collection. No booking required but they advise arriving promptly in case they need to limit numbers.

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George Underwood BiG Event

Sat 27 May 2017 by Mia_Underwood

George Underwood Event

For those of you BiG members who did not make George Underwood's talk and VR art gallery experience last Thursday 25th May 2017. It was a great success in every possible way!!

George was a legend, he spoke about his life and work in an hour, packed full of amazing stories, giving us all an insight into to his unusual journey through music, commercial illustration and fine art career. 

We will be uploading a video of the event very soon, thanks to Tas Underwood who filmed the whole event. We will keep you posted in the next BiG Newsletter.

For now, here is a great blog post made by GalleryGhost of the Virtual Reality George Underwood's art gallery experience.

http://galleryghost.com/2017/05/the-best-vr-experience-ive-had-so-far-gallery-ghost-impresses-at-launch/

A very BiG thank you to Clearleft for enabling us to have such a fantastic venue 68 Middle Street. Which has all the latest mod-cons, space, bar and luxury BiG could ever possibly hope for. This will now be BiG's venue for all future events....how exciting!!!!

And, thank you to Kineo who kindly provided the drinks for the night. Which added the cherry to the top of the BiG arty cake.

We hope to see you at BiG's next event in June...details coming soon.

Event curated by: Mia Underwood

BiG thank you to our new sponsors: 68 Middle Street, Clearleft and Kineo

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BiG Event : George Underwood - Talk and VR Art Gallery

Fri 21 Apr 2017 by Mia_Underwood

Brighton Illustrators Group are proud to announce a very special evening with the acclaimed painter and illustrator George Underwood. Best known for creating iconic album covers for famous musicians including David Bowie and T. Rex, George will present a talk about his life and work, followed by a Q&A session and a unique Virtual Reality exhibition of his paintings. 

There will aslo be signed 'Soulful Warriors' books by George Underwood, signed art prints and Ziggy pins for sale on the night.

The event will be held in the spacious and modern auditorium at 68 Middle Street, Brighton. Tickets are limited, so make sure you book yours fast!

Get your tickets here

When: 7.30pm - 11pm, Thursday 25th May
Where: 68 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL

Drinks for this event will be kindly provided by Kineo.

Many thanks to sponsors Clearleft, 68 Middle Street and Kineo

 

GEORGE UNDERWOOD - MAKING A MARK
Born: 5th February 1947

George Underwood will talk about his personal journey from the 1960s music scene to success as a commerical artist and exhibiting around the world.

How he met David Jones (Bowie) at 9 years old and becoming best of friends.

David Bowie and George Underwood

1961 - David and George outside the American Embassy

In 1964, while a student at Beckenham College of Art, George formed a band called The King Bees with his friend David Jones. Jones would later become David Bowie. George recorded a solo record as 'Calvin James' with producer Micky Most, but George decided the music business was not for him and returned to art school.

George’s talent as a painter did not escape the notice of his friends in the booming British music scene, and he was commissioned to create album covers for bands such as T.Rex, Procol Harum, Gentle Giant and his old school friend David Bowie.

TREX Album cover by George Underwood

Space Oddity

Establishing himself as a leading commercial artist and creative Illustrator, George went on to produce book jackets, LP and CD covers, poster art and private commissions.

In the mid-seventies he began painting in oils, which eventually led to him exhibiting his work in galleries in UK and worldwide.


 

VR ART EXHIBITION
An artist always open to innovating and embracing new technologies, George will introduce a Virtual Reality exhibition of his work which guests are invited to experience after the talk. Created in collaboration with Brighton VR lab Gallery Ghost, the ‘virtual gallery' explores new ways to experience and share art through the emerging technology of VR. For more info visit www.galleryghost.com 

Virtual Reality George Underwood Art Gallery

CURATED BY : Mia Underwood
SPONSORED BY : 68 Middle Street, Clearleft and Kineo

68 Middle Street



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March BiG members meeting: A gallery talk with George Hardie

Thu 23 Mar 2017 by Garry_Robson

BiG March Meeting
Date: Thursday 30th March
Time: 7.30PM - 9.30PM
Venue: University of Brighton Gallery
Venue address: Brighton University, 58-67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY


Dear BiG members,

We are thrilled to announce that our special guest for this meeting is Professor George Hardie, renowned graphic designer, illustrator and educator. This will take place in the Brighton University Gallery which is currently showing a retrospective exhibition of work by George Hardie. George will introduce the show and then take questions so this is an exclusive opportunity to take a close look at the exhibition and to find out more from George about his experience as an illustrator working in the industry for over 40 years.



George Hardie is the artist behind some of the most iconic pop and rock album covers of the 20th Century including Pink Floyd's 'Dark side of the Moon' and Led Zeppelin’s debut album. A graphic designer, illustrator and educator, trained at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art, Hardie worked as a designer/illustrator for more than 40 years, making illustrations for clients around the world.

See the blog about George Hardie's exhibition at Brighton University Gallery

Time table for the meeting:
7.30: Event starts
7.45 - 8.25: George's talk and Q&A
8.25 - 9.00: Opportunity for people to take a further look at the exhibition.
9pm. Event ends

Hardie taught illustration at the University of Brighton from the early 1980s until his retirement in 2014. He continues with PhD students, having become Professor in 1990. He is International Secretary for the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a Royal Designer for Industry.

This is a free event, however there is also a bar available from 7.30pm to 8.00pm where BiG members can buy drinks.

See you there!

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BiG February Meeting: A guide to licensing illustrations and working with publishers

Tue 14 Feb 2017 by Garry_Robson

Date: Thursday 23rd February
From 7.30PM - 10.30PM

(Talk starts at 8pm)
Venue: Upstairs at the Joker pub
Venue address: 2 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF
(opposite the Duke of York Cinema)

Free event to BiG members!


This is the first in a series of BiG member meetings we have planned for of 2017, and at this meeting we have two guest speakers who will be discussing their experiences of licensing artwork for use with products and also how illustrators can work with publishers.

Our two guest speakers are:

Helz Cuppleditch
Helz is an illustrator based in Sussex and works with UK and US agents to license her work for a range of products including greeting cards, repeat patterns for paper and fabric printing and paper products such as bags and stationery. Helz will be giving a talk about everything to do with licensing artwork including contracts and royalties, working with different types of products, spotting and following popular trends and also how to make your illustrations adaptable for licensing.
Link to Helz’s website

Tony De Saulles
Tony is an illustrator and author, also based in Sussex and is probably best known for his illustrations featured in the ‘Horrible Science’ series of children’s educational books. Tony will be talking about his experiences of working with publishers in terms of illustrating other author’s material as well as developing his own illustrated books.
Link to Tony’s website

This is a great opportunity to hear about how other illustrators have made a success of developing and adapting their artwork for publishing and licensing purposes, and will hopefully give you some ideas about how this can be applied to your own work.

Also, as with all BiG meetings, it’s a great opportunity to catch-up with fellow members and hear about what everyone’s been up to.

See you there!
Link to the Joker Pub website

Blog illustration by Garry Robson
 

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ComicPopUp Brighton - One day small press shop wants to sell your comic

Wed 08 Feb 2017 by Simon_Russell

Hello BIGgies

I'm new here (although known by a few members) so hopefully this is not out of place and makes sense: I'd like to invite you to join in or visit the very first... 
ComicPopUp Brighton
one-day small-press/art comics shop
Saturday May 13
part of the Brighton Artist's Open House festival
(selling comics to comics readers and a whole new audience)
in a family-friendly pizza pub
The Hanover, Queens Park Road, Brighton BN2 9ZB
(buses 18, 21 and 23 stop outside)

  • FREE entry
  • maximum £5 joining fee for creators to cover cost of joining the Open Houses listing (but I'm trying to get a sponsor to cover that, in which case there will be no cost to you at all)
  • All sales money goes to the creators
  • No tables to book - it's a pop-up shop where we sell your comics for you
  • Space to hang out and sketch, meet the public if you want (but you don't have to attend at all)
  • Option to donate a copy of your work to Brighton's central library if you choose (it's just exposure, but sometimes that can be good!)

detail at https://www.facebook.com/comicpopup/

The venue is booked, I've paid to join the Artists Open House event out of my own pocket, 3 possible sponsors are considering the idea.

This is a pilot project to see if we can find ways for comic artists to sell their work outside of the usual cons – where they have to travel, book a table, give up a whole day and sell mostly to other comic artists.


In this case, we are hoping to get a sizable number of families trekking round Brighton looking to buy arts and crafts and probably despairing of the the venues that ask £250 for a picture of a beach hut made out of lollipop sticks and the like.
I think a good comic priced between £3 and £15 should be a welcome purchase for this extra audience – especially as we'll also have a selection of cheap kids' comics back issues so they can buy something to keep the children happy during lunch in the pub

Inko Ai Takita has said she'd like to come and do manga portraits of visitors and Zara Slattery is going to sketch live for part of the day. Anybody who wants to suggest similar efforts for an hour or more is more than welcome.

I'm going to working with a local teenage reader with learning difficulties to help him turn his proto-comic into a free how-to-make-comics piece as a giveaway, free with other purchases on the day

Any other thoughts would be great...

I would genuinely love to include your works if you have anything suitable. Let me know yeah? All I want now is confirmation of people wanting to sell – send no money! – that can wait till you send your books in case I get sponsorship nailed and can waive the £5

Brilliant if I can sell your work
Great if you can come and join in or shop
Really helpful if you can spread the word please 

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BiG Xmas Drinks - Next Week!

Wed 30 Nov 2016 by Jo_Moore

BiG drinks by jo moore

BiG Xmas Drinks
Wednesday 7th December
Upstairs room of The Chimney House pub
From 7.30 - 11.30PM

Start the festive season early and join BiG on Wednesday 7th December upstairs at The Chimney House pub (just off Seven Dials) for our private party. chimneyhousebrighton.co.uk

A great chance to meet and mingle with other BIG members over a glass of something warming. A complimentary drink for early birds to get you in the party mood. We can't surpass last year's wonderful creation of the Enchanted Forest at The Northern Lights bar, but there may be a few activities to keep you occupied. Activities are optional, so just come by for a sociable evening.

As is customary there will be a raffle prize for one lucky BiG member. In order to qualify you need to be a fully paid up BIG member by 5PM the day before the party (Tuesday 6th November). All BIG members names will go into the hat and the draw will take place during the BIG party.

All welcome, see you there!

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BiG Xmas Drinks

Wed 30 Nov 2016 by Jo_Moore

BiG drinks by jo moore

BiG Xmas Drinks
Wednesday 7th December
Upstairs room of The Chimney House pub
From 7.30 - 11.30PM

Start the festive season early and join BiG on Wednesday 7th December upstairs at The Chimney House pub (just off Seven Dials) for a private party. chimneyhousebrighton.co.uk

A great chance to meet and mingle with other BIG members over a glass of something warming. A complimentary drink for early birds to get you in the party mood. We can't surpass last year's wonderful creation of the Enchanted Forest at The Northern Lights bar, but there may be a few activities to keep you occupied. Activities are optional, so just come by for a sociable evening.

As is customary there will be a raffle prize for one lucky BiG member. In order to qualify you need to be a fully paid up BIG member by 5PM the day before the party (Tuesday 6th November). All BIG members names will go into the hat and the draw will take place during the BIG party.

All welcome, see you there!

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Two BIG members exhibiting with Fabula Collective at Hove Museum

Mon 28 Nov 2016 by Louise_Dennis

Exhibition Poster

Fabula is all about telling stories in different way and we are thrilled to be able to exhibit at Hove Museum from Dec 2nd - 9th May in a show entitled 'Many Ways to Tell A Story'. 17 artists are involved, including guest artist Joe Evans. The exhibition contains 2D and 3D work, Books and Films and is inspired by fairy tales, the history of film, theatre, memories, relationships and more. We are also exhibiting our collaborative piece, The Story Cabinet. If you are interested in finding out more about this, the exhibition in general or Fabula, please go to our blog www.fabulacollective.blogspot.co.uk 

We are very grateful to be able to have an open house to mark the start of the exhibition. On the 3rd and 4th of December at Hove Museum there will be cards, prints and small gifts for sale. Following that, we will also be putting on several workshops throughout the exhibition including storytelling and art workshops for children. Most of these need to be booked and details can be found at: 

https://fabulacollective.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/look-fabula-at-hove-museum.html

It's very exciting! - we hope you can come!

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STOP PRESS • David Downton Fashion Artist • Wednesday 23 November 8PM

Thu 17 Nov 2016 by Jo_Moore

Wednesday 23 November 8PM

Fashion Artist David Downton
The Nightingale Room (upstairs of Grand Central opposite Brighton Station)

We are thrilled to announce that internationally renowned fashion illustrator David Downton will be talking about his most recent publication; David Downton Portraits of the World's Most Stylish Women.

In a glittering career David has worked for the most prestigious clients; Vogue, Vanity Fair, Chanel, Dior, Tiffany, V&A to name a few. For 20 years he has been recording the twice yearly Paris Couture shows, capturing the front and backstage drama of the world's leading fashion event and the personalities it attracts.

David's book features portraits made from sittings with some of the most celebrated women of our time; Cate Blanchett, Linda Evangelista, Catherine Deneuve, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rossy de Palma as well as his regular collaborators and muse; Erin O'Connor, Dita von Teese and Carmen Dell'Orefice (the world's iconic and longest working model).

Since 2011 he has been the first ever artist in residence at Claridge's, London drawing their most distinguished visitors. His unique style he has made him the most sought after fashion artist of the age.
http://www.daviddownton.com/

There will be an opportunity to ask David about his career and for him to sign any books of his you may bring along. A truly fabulous meeting to end the year with - come along and be dazzled. All welcome.

 

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STOP PRESS • David Downton Fashion Artist • Wednesday 23 November 8PM

Thu 17 Nov 2016 by Jo_Moore

Wednesday 23 November 8PM

Fashion Artist David Downton
The Nightingale Room (upstairs of Grand Central opposite Brighton Station)

We are thrilled to announce that internationally renowned fashion illustrator David Downton will be talking about his most recent publication; David Downton Portraits of the World's Most Stylish Women.

In a glittering career David has worked for the most prestigious clients; Vogue, Vanity Fair, Chanel, Dior, Tiffany, V&A to name a few. For 20 years he has been recording the twice yearly Paris Couture shows, capturing the front and backstage drama of the world's leading fashion event and the personalities it attracts.

Downton's book features portraits made from sittings with some of the most celebrated women of our time; Cate Blanchett, Linda Evangelista, Catherine Deneuve, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rossy de Palma as well as his regular collaborators and muse; Erin O'Connor, Dita von Teese and Carmen Dell'Orefice (the world's iconic and longest working model).

Since 2011 he has been the first ever artist in residence at Claridge's, London drawing their most distubguished visitors. His unique style he has made him the most sought after fashion artist of the age.
http://www.daviddownton.com/

There will be an opportunity to ask David about his career and for him to sign any books of his you may bring along. A truly fabulous meeting to end the year with - come along and be dazzled. All welcome.

 

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The Big Scary Thing Halloween meeting update

Wed 02 Nov 2016 by Garry_Robson

Thanks to everyone who came along to the BiG Scary Thing film and monster making night on 25th October at the Caxton Arms. It was a fun evening watching the making of Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’, and raised some interesting discussions about animation design and whether people’s preference was for stop motion or digital animation or a bit of both.

Making monsters

We were also busy making BiG Scary Things and the winning monster was made by William Hanekom – so well done! William’s creation is at the top of this blog post, but there were lots more from BiG illustrators, like these:



Some of our monsters got a bit drunk...

Next BiG meeting:

There will be a regular meeting in late November and we will be having a mystery guest speaker. Details will be circulated via BiG social media and the BiG Newsletter (and this blog) soon.

Blog header pic: The winning BiG Scary Thing by William Hanekom

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Illustration commission offered by Otherplace Productions (Fringe Festival)

Mon 24 Oct 2016 by Garry_Robson

Otherplace Productions, who run the Warren Festival site down at St Peter’s Church during the Brighton Fringe Festival each May, are seeking a local artist to create the artwork to promote the Warren Festival 2017. This is a paid commission; please see their design brief below. All artwork is aimed for completion by December 2016 and will be used for their website, social media, printed brochures, stationery and some limited merchandise.


For those interested, in the first instance they should contact Hannah Atkins at Otheplace Productions directly (see contact details below). The first phase of the project involves providing rough ideas for the artwork, and this is open to anyone. This initial phase does not include a fee and OtherPlace Productions will choose one artist to work with, who they will then commission. Therefore, the initial phase can be seen as a pitch.


Please note that BiG is not in anyway involved in this project and we are sharing these details as it may be of interest BiG members. BiG is not an agency so we do not get involved with discussions between the organisation (OtherPlace Productions) and BiG members. For any further information please contact OtherPlace Productions directly:


OtherPlace Productions contact details:
Hannah Atkins: [email protected]
OtherPlace Productions website: www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk
 

Warren Festival design brief:

Otherplace are looking for talented artists, illustrators, and designers to create the artwork for our creative campaign for The Warren 2017. The successful applicant’s design will grace the front cover of our brochure and be used for on-site artwork, merchandise and a variety of other printed promotional materials, creating a unique and recognisable concept for our 2017 festival. This Dropbox folder contains some images and drawings of The Warren festival site for inspiration, and some examples of how the artwork was used in 2016.

Some examples of where the artwork was featured last year are:
• Brochure cover (60,000 copies distributed in Brighton & Hove, Sussex and London)
• Staff uniforms (t-shirts and hoodies)
• Merchandise (A2/A3 posters, A5 postcards, A3 kids’ colouring page)
• Large on-site posters (A1)
• Till receipt header
• Paper header (eg. Press Releases)
• Discount cards and drink tokens
• Social media (eg. Facebook/Twitter cover photos)
• Adverts in local publications

We are only looking for rough sketches and ideas at the moment and are open to any creative interpretations for the theme. Once we have chosen a successful applicant, we will meet and discuss a more detailed brief at the beginning of the process. We are aiming for completion for the final artwork by December 2016. There may also be some smaller ongoing/ad-hoc tasks in the lead up to the festival.

Fee:
The artist will receive a payment of £400 for their designs, as well as a ¼ page advert in the brochure and a credit on our Partners page.

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The big Scary Thing: October meeting Halloween special

Tue 18 Oct 2016 by Garry_Robson

Date: Tuesday 25th October
Time: 7.00pm - 10.30pm
Showing the making of: 'Tim Burton's Corpse Bride' from: 8.00pm
Venue: The Caxton Arms (Function Room)
Venue address: 36 North Gardens, Brighton, BN1 3LB

 

It’s nearing that time of the year when things begin to go bump in the night, so we have organised a special BiG Halloween film night. We will be showing a 30 minute ‘behind the scenes’ film about Tim Burton’s stop motion animated musical ‘The Corpse Bride’ that looks at the production, character design, set design and animation of the movie. We will also be showing the ‘The Corpse Bride’ movie later in the evening.

This is our second BiG movie night and as we had such good feedback about the first one, we thought Halloween would be a good time for another. The aim of these meetings is to help provide BiG members with an opportunity to network with each other and find out what everyone is up to, and provide a film that stimulates discussion and hopefully some inspiration.

Meeting timings:

  • 7pm: Meeting starts
  • 8pm: The making of 'The Corpse Bride' 30 minute documentary
  • 9pm: Showing of 'The Corpse Bride' movie (1 hour/15 mins).
  • 10.30pm: Meeting ends.

Link to Corpse Bride movie trailer

Make a BiG scary thing and win a prize

In keeping with the stop motion and puppet theme of 'The Corpse Bride', we will also have plasticine available for BiG members to make creepy monsters with during the evening and there will be a prize for the scariest plasticine scary thing.

Venue details

The Caxton Arms is on North Gardens which runs parallel to Queens Road near Brighton Station. Its a friendly pup and has recently been refurbished.


Google Map
Caxton Arms Website

We hope to see you there!

Blog header design by Mia Underwood

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