Arts Junction

Arts Junction
Arts Junction – the meeting point for the arts in Arundel, whatever their inspiration, whatever their realisation.
Arts Junction is a brand new mixed arts venture in the heart of Arundel. Arundel is a rich melting pot of music, theatre and the visual arts, but what’s been missing is a way of bringing them all together.

Hence Arts Junction was born – a chance for artists to bring and take away ideas & inspiration from across as many art forms as the local community can foster.

The event will be a regular monthly evening offering up a mixture of poetry, music, theatre and visual art provided by different artists each month.

Barry Smith, Mike Carey, Bill Brennan and Karin Moorhouse will curate each of their respective art interests to ensure a balanced and varied mix of artistic expression.

The evenings will take place in the newly refurbished theatre space of the Red Room and the visual artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of the Vic’s gallery rooms over the weekend immediately preceding the evenings which take place on a Monday.

Tickets will be £10 and all the money goes directly to the artists involved on the evening.

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The Arts Junction Team
Karin Moorhouse

Karin has had studios in Chelsea Covent Garden Battersea and Surrey but has for some time now lived and worked in West Sussex. She remains continually inspired by her surroundings there though London specifically and urban scenes generally still hold a place in her heart.

Karin has exhibited many times at The Mall Galleries London and has been part of mixed shows at Pallant House and Oxmarket Galleries both in Chichester, Dragon and Kevis House Galleries both in Petworth and at the new Fittleworth Gallery. She has been a regular participant in the annual Arundel Gallery Trail. Her work is in several private collections and she has run painting workshops in Mallorca Italy and France. Over the years she has taught in several art colleges and in 2020 took a further leap as she moved into her new studio at The Mill Studios Arundel where she now teaches drawing painting and printmaking.

Bill Brennan

Bill is co-founder and artistic director of Drip Action Theatre Company, a registered charity established in 1987 to promote drama with a focus on new writing. He is formerly Chair of the Arundel Festival, an annual arts event with an attendance of around 60,000.

Barry Smith

Barry is currently the director of the South Downs Poetry Festival and co-ordinator of the Festival of Chichester. He curates the poetry element of Blakefest and edits Poetry & All That Jazz magazine. Barry was runner-up in a BBC Proms Poetry Competition and shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award, 2021.

He has worked in education, as a theatre director and as a critic. Productions directed include Antigone for the Edinburgh Festival and Murder in the Cathedral and The Mysteries for Chichester Cathedral. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines, as well as online and on YouTube, including Acumen, Agenda, Culture Matters, Frogmore Papers, the Journal, the Stony Thursday Book, London Grip, Orbis and Poetry South East. He can sometimes be caught hobnobbing with jazz and roots musicians as a performance poet.

Mike Carey

Mike is an active jazz pianist on the local music scene and is involved in the running of the jazz club at the Jailhouse as well as many other musical events locally and further afield. Mike studied at the London College of Music, but then took a left turn into the world of computer programming. Recently back on track, he has recorded four albums with his band, Big House, and is performing and composing at every opportunity. He can sometimes be caught hobnobbing with performance poets as a musical interpolator.

John Paton

John is Chair of Trustees at the Victoria Institute. A lot of his life has been tied up with developing new ideas; managing change and helping people achieve their true potential, and he is passionate about giving everyone the best chance possible in their lives as well as introducing as much art, theatre, dance and music into their lives – the earlier that happens the more glorious the results can be.