Call for creatives as Brighton Gin launches art prize

Local comedian Zoe Lyons and artist Sean Simms join judging panel for Brighton Gin Art Prize – entry now open to amateur, aspiring and established artists in three categories.

Celebrating the city’s creative spirit and community, small batch Brighton Gin has teamed up with Brush gallery on Gloucester Road to launch the 2018 Brighton Gin Art Prize.

Open to anyone 18 or over, artists are invited to customise an empty and naked Brighton Gin bottle (available from Brush for a £3 entry fee) drawing on any media or techniques they choose whether paint, illustration, collage, decoupage, photography, decals or even mosaic.

Partly a recycling initiative using surplus and returned bottles, the Brighton Gin Art Prize will be judged by comedian, TV and radio regular Zoe Lyons, award winning children’s book illustrator and creator of the famous ‘Brighton Line’ tube map print Sean Simms, Brush gallery owner and curator Hizze Fletcher and Brighton Gin founder and broadcaster Kathy Caton.

The winners in each of three categories – exhibited, student or amateur – will be awarded an £150 cash prize, a bottle of Brighton Gin, other Brighton Gin merchandise and a Brighton Line print by Sean Simms – and will have their work exhibited in a March exhibition in Brush and other venues across the city with a chance to sell their pieces via Brush should they wish.

All finished works of art will form an exhibition at Brush, launching on March 1 with a private view and running until March 31.

Founder and distiller of Brighton Gin Kathy Caton, said: “Brighton is bursting with brilliant creative talent at all levels and we want to encourage people to let their imaGINations run wild, showcase their creativity and open up the chance to win to newcomers as well as those formally studying art or exhibiting and selling work already. We can’t wait to see this year’s interpretations and kick off the Spring into Summer arts season as the city builds up to the world-class Brighton Festival in May.”

Submission for The Brighton Gin Art Prize is £3 including your empty Brighton Gin bottle. The bottles can be collected from Brush, 84 Gloucester Road BN1 4AP anytime up to the closing date of February 23.

The competition is open to national, international, amateur or professional creatives of all levels AGE 18+. 1 bottle only per submission.

For more details about entering, click here:

Or email: hello@brushbrighton.co.uk

Voted the UK’s best gin in the 2017 People’s Drinks awards Brighton Gin is distilled beside the seaside and made from 100% organic grain spirit, juniper, fresh orange and lime peel, locally-grown coriander seed and milk thistle. Each bottle is filled, labelled and wax sealed by hand, the distinctive blue/green colour being that of Brighton’s famous seafront railings.

Retail stockists include Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason, Master of Malt, selected Marks & Spencer stores and fine Brighton & Hove independents such as Quaff, Seven Cellars and Twenty One Wines.

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