Chris Floyd ‘One Hundred and Forty Characters’ Exhibition

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New Brighton gallery Space @ Create will be showing  ‘One Hundred and Forty Characters’, an exhibition of work from international portrait photographer Chris Floyd, from 7th – 24th February 2013.

One Hundred & Forty Characters (the number of characters available when posting on social media site Twitter) is a project inspired by the realisation that for over a month Chris’s only communication with close friends had been via social media platforms!

This prompted him to begin taking portraits of the people he followed on Twitter in an attempt to reconcile the way we traditionally build connections with people and how we conduct modern relationships in today’s rapidly changing digital age. The work will be exhibited for the very first time alongside text.

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Red Baraat

Congratulations to Red Baraat, who are No.1 on iTunes World Music Chart this week with their new album Shruggy J.

We had the pleasure of working with them last year when they brought their infectious blend of bhangra, funk, dhol and brass from Brooklyn to the UK for some explosive shows as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

First events announced for Museums at Night 2013

Museums at Night, the annual late night festival of art, culture and heritage, will take place this year over three nights in May, Thursday May 16th – Saturday May 18th.

Tying in with the European event La Nuit des Musées, hundreds of museums, art galleries and heritage spaces all over the country will be opening up late and putting on a fantastic mix of events: expect bands playing in art galleries, costumed balls, contemporary artist happenings, unique literary events, sleepovers in museums, family-friendly science and astronomy events and beautiful historic houses lit by candlelight.

Some of the UK’s most well respected contemporary artists, including Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, Jake and Dinos Chapman, YBAs Gavin Turk and Mat Collishaw and sculptor and installation artist Richard Wentworth have already confirmed they will be putting on unique Museums at Night events.

Jake and Dinos Chapman said, “We are overjoyed to be working with Museums at Night because they are kindly offering to host one of our sinister aberrations that might not otherwise see the light of day. Off the top of our heads we’re thinking something involving industrial storage heaters in a waxworks museum or Night Vision Paintball in a cathedral. But if any participating institutions have a better idea we’re up for a discussion!”

Some of the events confirmed already for 2013 include:

  • A Regency costumed ball at the National Trust’s Coughton Court in Alcester, Warwickshire.
  • A 1920s themed evening of glamour and intrigue with a murder mystery, vintage cocktails and canapés, in the Art Deco surroundings of Coleton Fishacre in Kingswear, Devon.
  • Experience life below stairs as a Victorian servant before sitting down to a Downton Abbey style Victorian supper at Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Devon.
  • Learn about life in a Cornish tin mine with an atmospheric torch-lit tour between Geevor Tin Mine Museum and Levant Mine and Beam Engine on the beautiful Cornish coast.
  •  A night of Food and Flora at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire, which includes a sunset tour of the glorious gardens at this Tudor stately home, followed by dinner using produce from the Park and local area.
  • A celebratory weekend commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid in WWII at the Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum, in Somerset. Expect search lights and a living history encampment.
  • Red Barn Murder at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Suffolk. On the anniversary one of the most famous Suffolk murder cases, find out all about the grizzy events at the Red Barn in this illustrated lecture – complete with book bound in the murderer’s skin and the pistols that fired the fatal shot.

Over 121,000 visitors attended Museums at Night 2012, with over 500 cultural events across the UK to choose from – from Late Night Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum to Scottish rock group Django Django in the Museum of Scotland, food artists Bompas and Parr floating the SS Great Britain on a sea of jelly and Polly Morgan performing taxidermy in front of a live audience in Liverpool.

Museums at Night is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’

For up-to-the-minute listings, visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk

For Twitter Updates follow @culture24  #MatN2013

BEAT ‘BLUE MONDAY’ WITH UPLIFTING TREATS FROM CHURCHILL SQUARE

Monday 21st January is Blue Monday – supposedly the most depressing day of the year according to the calculations of Dr. Cliff Amall in 2005.  His calculations were based on several factors including weather conditions, time since Christmas, time since failing New Year Resolutions and general low motivational levels.

So Churchill Square Shopping Centre have rounded up a selection of treats to cheer us up on this miserable day.

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‘Be Happy’ cushion from Debenhams, £22.  Daisy and Sunflower hair clips from Next, £3.50 each.  Paco Rabanne 1 Million Eau de toilette, £51.99 for 100ml from The Perfume Shop.  Orange scarf, £18 and clutch bag, £68 from Urban Outfitters…and if nothing else works then these silicone animal moulds to make your own cake pops from Lakeland will surely bring a smile to your face.  Four moulds, £11.99

Spring summer 2013 fashion trends

Our fashion and beauty team at Bullet PR is expanding so it’s key we keep our fingers on the pulse! With party season finally over, we’re now concentrating on filling our wardrobes with next season buys and our client, Churchill Square Shopping Centre is a mecca for what’s hot with an array of stores brimming with up-to-the-minute trends to see you through spring summer 2013…

Colour

From bold orange to the muted white and daring neon, these three palettes are the colours to be seen in.  Introduce neon through accents such as jackets or shoes, wear white from head to toe in cool linen trousers and white shirts and go all out with orange tops, citrus maxi dresses and hot hued blazers.

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Hudson Wooten Coral, £130 Schuh, G-Star Raw Footwear, ZUKO Hollister Hi wine, £80, Schuh, Neon Blazer, £45 Debenhams, White dress, Miss Selfridge. Price available on request.  Butterfly by Matthew Williamson chartreuse maxi dress, £120 and Diamond by Julian Macdonald graduated hot pink dress, £65 both Debenhams.

Prints and Patterns

Print from last season continues with a range to choose from and often a juxtaposition of many patterns at once!

Muted floral, Persian prints and patterns with oriental and eastern influence all feature heavily and on the more accessible side, monochrome stripes are where it’s at too. For both men and women, dressing with bold confidence is the way forward.

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Striped dresses, Oriental kimono, Print dress, all River Island.  For him, print cap and shirt, River Island for men. Prices upon request.  Star by Julian Macdonald dress, £65 Debenhams and men’s print t-shirt, Next.  Price available upon request.

Experimental

Fabric gets a daring side for spring summer with high-sheen, glossy and iridescent textures and two tone shades decorating clothing while unexpected fabrics such as leather, snakeskin and patent for the warmer months feature in the form of tassel detailing, biker jackets and shoes.

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Sparkle and fade chiffon back top, £38 Urban Outfitters. Pink and tortoiseshell two tone glasses, £19.99 Zara.  Leather bra top, River Island, metallic and cork platforms, Clarks, Silk dress, Bhs. Prices upon request.

Shoppers Flock to Churchill Square Over Christmas and New Year

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Shoppers flocked to Churchill Square Shopping Centre in Brighton over Christmas and New Year as the centre announced strong increases in customer visitors on key dates over the festive period.

The percentage of shoppers in the centre on Christmas Eve was up 7.9% from the previous year. The percentage of shoppers in the centre on Boxing Day was up 4.8% from the previous year and there was also a rise in shopping number over the first week of January (starting 31st December) – up 11.2% on the previous year.

Many retailers at Churchill Square Shopping Centre also reported strong sales throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Centre Director Tina Dallorzo commented, “We are really pleased to announce such a positive start to the year for Churchill Square.  Shoppers looking for a bargain in the sales and with Christmas gift cards to spend helped to contribute to strong sales for our retailers.”

Levi’s Store area manager Chris Ashley said,

“We have had an excellent Christmas in our Brighton Levis store even though the positioning of Christmas day in the week worked against us with the kids breaking up so late. We started our sale 4 days later than last year and still achieved a December increase of 10% against last years turnover.”

Lakeland’s Store in Churchill Square enjoyed its first Christmas in Brighton having opened its doors in July 2012. The Brighton store has become one of Lakeland’s most sucessful store openings in recent years.

Lakeland’s Brighton store manager Nikki Harvey said,

‘We’ve enjoyed a fantastic 5 months here in Brighton, including our first Christmas and it’s been wonderful to have received such a warm welcome. Our customers certainly seem to have enjoyed a home-baked Christmas this year with products such as our Cake Pop Maker and icing kits selling like hot cakes. In the lead up to Christmas, demand was so great for our baking ranges, products such as our Fairy Tale Cottage Mould completely sold out.We’re very much looking forward to continuing to welcome our customers to the store throughout 2013.’

The Lego Store Manager,  Sam Ellis said,

“We had a fantastic Christmas in our new location inside Churchill Square Shopping Centre, that surpassed all expectations. The success was clear in the response from our customers about our new home and in terms of our sales. Bring on 2013!”

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