A treasure trove of creative ideas.
The West Pier Art group has been created by Maria Kulper with Robert Sonos and the help of The Arts Council. She has added another chapter in the life of the West Pier by running an art group two mornings a week which is able to interact with the landscape with both the pier and the building of the i360 tower, due to be finished in 2016. It will make a permanent record of the transition of the pier’s life between now and then.
The group can’t be missed, it is situated exactly opposite the West Pier itself and visitors are very welcome.
One can visit the installation twice a week. Monday morning or Wednesday morning between 9am and 10.40am. The reason for the short meeting time is to avoid problems with car parking (The group runs until the end of September and will re-open next Spring.)
I tentatively approach the small group who are at a table which turns out to have coloured pencils felt tips and crayons on it and sheets of cartridge paper.
Maria gives me a warm welcome, I explain that I am on an assignment from Creative Futures and they are helping promote the project . She is a talented artist and paints
fabulous abstracts as well as being a gifted photographer. I choose a 2B soft pencil
(Maria is enthusiastic about the work I’ve done and wants to enter it on-line) The
project will help freeze history and add a new dimension to the Brighton Art Movement and a record for the future time when the iconic pier is gone and the
i360 is no more The pictures created by visitors are entered on-line or can be donated to the trust.
I am enchanted, the location seems to promote calm, despite the building works on the promenade area and the promenade traffic.
I learn there has been only one day of rain all summer; that Maria has a new studio and that Robert Sosner is her working partner.
Too late now for this year, with autumn in the air, but I hope to return next Spring to this wonderful location.
John G. Scott Dip Comm