Corridor Gallery

  • Christopher Spring
Taken from the sign design for the new gallery. The stencil design was taken from a basic black and white diamond stencil with hints towards the vintage and art deco jewellery that would be part of the trademark of Diversis Artibus' jewellery designers.
Corridor Gallery was created by Brighton-based makers and Artists to provide exhibition and retail space to support and nurture our City’s vibrant Art scene.
Voted acting director of the cooperative that took it from a market stall to permanently housed gallery space with workshops, talks and private events in Brighton. This section is a brief overview of the feel of the space and some of the exhibitions we housed.
The Gallery space offered a monthly exhibition area with the sole aim to house great Art made in Brighton by a wealth of diverse Artists, Makers and Artisans.Corridor Gallery seeks to promote, showcase and sell a stunning array of original Fine and Contemporary Art produced by Brighton makers – there was no restriction on the style or medium of work Corridor Gallery exhibits so the space transformed each month to reflect the variety, vibrancy and flair found in the unique and fiercely independent City of Brighton with a different exhibition in the front and retail area at the back of the space.
Corridor Gallery was launched in September 2015 by the Arts Co-Operative Diversis Artibus which ran and managed the space, eventually closing New Year's Eve 2016.
Working in a Co-Operative allowed the project to run as a transparent and fair profit enterprise; ensuring the Artists and Makers we support get fair payments for their work and receive free promotion, creative control, support and engagement from the Arts Co-Operative.
I helped with all facets of the gallery from marketing, account management, to day-to-day admin, curation and exhibits, updating the website, marketing, advertising, public relations, stock management and being responsible for social media.
In my time I had the privilege of working with incredible artists and makers including, Ian Miller, Aaron Howdle, Holly Rozier, Eve Shepherd, Justyna Neryng, Emma Clear, Lucy Kenward, Barnaby Simpson and many more. In total we had around 45 artists who displayed work inside the gallery.
The best way to get a feel for this wonderful place is by checking out the Instagram, including some wonderful dancing:
One of our legendary window displays that used to act as our showcase for the wares inside. This was taken from the last exhibition and predominantly focused on the affordable craft elements in time for Christmas.
Taken at the very end of the opening night of the gallery.
The space would become incredibly packed during the private view evenings. This was from the December group show where all of our artists were showcased.
Tina Reidy (a jeweller and maker from Brighton) coseys up to one of the masks from our Group Mask show. We wanted to use masks and challenge our artists to create something that was out of the comfort zone of most people and reexamine the shape of the human face.
This is the work of the legendary Ian Miller one of the main illustrators behind the HP Lovecraft novels. He also illustrated the JRR Tolkein novels and whose work is known worldwide. Residing in Brighton this was his first solo exhibition for some 10+ years and we attracted collectors from around the world to the shop.
Here we have the textile sculpture work of Holly Rozier, whose solo exhibition UNHEIMLICH attracted a huge amount of divided attention with it's distinctive and gory look. Unheimlich is the feeling of the uncanny when you feel incredibly uncomfortable but unable to pinpoint why.
Myself and one of the other cooperative members Emma, with the fashion designer Danielle - creator of Active Therapy Clothing.
Detail from one of Emma Clear's doilies inspired by the work of her grandmother. Her exhibition "Trace" revolved around textile work but also through traces of origin.
Woodcut. A self portrait by Alex Binnie, in his distinctive style. This was part of a series of 16 which explored his interest in humanity. By removing the focus on the skin he tried to explore people's true character, hence "Flayed".