Up and down the country there must be artists looking for places to exhibit. Meanwhile, there must also be an abundance of idle rooms which could make excellent gallery spaces. University of Brighton art graduates Daniel Dowling and David Wright have found one such in St Leonards on Sea, conveniently situated at the Railway Station. Thanks to the generosity of Network Rail, the former waiting room and sometime police room has now been turned into a mini gallery open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Named the Semaphore Gallery, it was today showing work by Nick Hill, whose distinctive and idiosyncratic style was proving a draw; I even saw a couple of police officers drop in, curious to see how their former work base was being used.
Mostly Hill, shown below, concentrates on his brightly coloured paintings but he also dabbles in ceramics, etchings and the occasional curiosity.
What could be more curious than this special book, constructed in part out of sweets. Now that is something you could really get your teeth into.
One Man in a Waiting Room is showing at the Semaphore Gallery from 11 until 3pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until December 13.