Friends of St Michael’s

Friday 9 April 6.30 – 8pm
Postponed because of snow, the party to re-launch the Friends will take place on 9 April in the church in Victoria Road. The Friends aim to raise funds for the preservation and restoration of this important building and its contents and to encourage its use by the community. St. Michael’s is noted for its fine architecture, sculpture and woodwork, as well as its magnificent collection of Pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows. Philip Webb painted the splendid chancel roof while the painted paper murals (now in urgent need of repair) are thought to have been created by local artists. Come and see for yourself.
If you’d like to be there or to support Friends’ activities, please contact the liaison officer on Tel 01273 822284 or email


Saturday 24th April 2.30pm
Local resident community group, SNGSA (St Nicholas Green Spaces Association), was formed in 2008 to try renovate the three green spaces surrounding St Nicholas Church at the southern end of Dyke Road, which were all once graveyards. They were recently successful in gaining Playbuilder and Section 106 funding of some £67,000 to renovate the run-down playground. This is currently being refurbished and is scheduled to be opened officially by The Mayor, Councillor Ann Norman and her Consort, Councillor Ken Norman on Saturday 24th April at 2.30pm. Local schools, children and residents are all invited to attend this exciting community event and launch this new play facility.
For more information please contact Lucy Grout via


24 April – 6 June

Copycat by Kim L Pace
'Copycat' by Kim L Pace

In a twist to the Open Houses theme, Phoenix Brighton takes visitors on a voyeuristic tour of a home which has been inserted into a public gallery space. Moving through a labyrinth of hallways, rooms, wardrobes and hidden spaces, visitors can catch glimpses of the private lives of its inhabitants.
Sculptor Ben Thomson has designed a floor plan into which he and other artists have poured their dreams and fantasies in the form of installations, photographs, paintings, drawings, film, sculpture and animation. Rather than replicating a literal domestic interior, the spaces evoke a range of memories and qualities associated with notions of ‘home’ – comfort, vulnerability, ambition, nostalgia, secrets and discovery.
Glimpsed through windows and heard through the walls, a cast of characters begins to reveal itself. From adolescent dreamers and nuclear families to time travellers and transients, the protagonists appear through the objects they gather and the environments they create. Visitors will encounter the house’s diverse occupants through the work of Gary Barber, Alvaro Collar, Fox & Gammidge, Jonathan Gilhooly, Caitlin Heffernan, Rona Innes, Kim L Pace, Natalie Papamichael, Jim Sanders, and Ben Thomson.

The gallery also houses a collection ‘dream boxes’ created by Phoenix Brighton artists, and visitors will have the opportunity to mix with the household in a series of gatherings and events.
Phoenix, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB. Tel: 01273 603700


1 – 21 May
A veritable cavalcade of films made in Brighton and Hove since 1896. From the pioneer silents, through archive documentaries and B-movies to independent productions of today. These are just some of the films in more than 30 festival shows presented by Old Courtroom Productions: Ambleton Delight, Be My Guest, Dolphins, The Gelignite Gang, Richard III, Smokescreen, West Pier – and many more fiction films. In addition, archive footage will show entertainment, politics, war and the city scene through a century and more. There’ll be talks and discussions about local film-making.
Old Courtroom, Church Street, Brighton (opposite the Dome). Tel: 01273 775461

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