• Contrapop Ramsgate


    On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016, Extra Normal Records presents the second annual Contra Pop Festival, a two-day event encompassing live performances from some of the foremost artists working at the intersection between popular music and the avant-garde. This diverse congregation of musicians epitomises a vibrant European scene far from the clutches of the corporate opportunists who threaten to homogenise pop culture.

    Contra Pop 2016 will boast a purpose-built stage and sound system located on the sandy beach of the historic town of Ramsgate in Kent.


    Yay! day trip in the van to Contrapop – a fantastic bijou festival on the sandy beaches of Ramsgate (a novelty for Brightonians as we have pebbles).
    After looking around the town and harbour, sampling chips and beers we saw a brilliant set by Silver Apples, amazing energy and beats and Adrian Sherwood feat. Ghetto Priest MC,  the tent was grooving by then, with the local ales going down very well.
    We got back to B’ton about 1am but it was well worth it.

    Thank you Extra Normal Records

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  • Willem Sandberg

    De La Warr Pavilion
    Bexhill on Sea

    On until – 4 September 2016


    De La Warr Pavilion is proud to present Willem Sandberg: from type to image, the first UK survey of an internationally renowned icon of graphic design. Sandberg was director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from 1945 to 1963 where he championed new artists, developed one of the most important collections of modern art in Europe and implemented radical transformations of the Museum’s environment. He designed hundreds of posters, catalogues and cards for the Museum’’s exhibitions, as well as stationery and other publicity materials.

    As World War II began, Sandberg secreted the Stedelijk Museum’’s collection in a vault inside dunes located close to the sea. He was actively involved in the Dutch resistance movement, designing forged identity cards and planning an attack with other artists on the Central Civil Registry Office that held records of the city’’s Jewish residents. Though the attack was partly successful, almost all of Sandberg’’s co-conspirators were betrayed and executed. He escaped and went into hiding where he began the Experimenta Typografica, handmade booklets in which he collected inspirational quotes in diverse typographic styles, which laid the foundation for his future design work.

    Willem Sanbergs work and life is fascinating, he seemed to be a ball of energy never wasting a moment, he sadly lost friends close to him in WW2 but managed to pay homage to them in a specially designed book made form scraps when he was in hiding. His strong use of colour and shape created a unique style in it’s simplicity and clarity. He has influenced many designers, catch this show if you can as it has a good display of magazine layouts and a film.

    Willem Sandberg

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    I really loved the work he did for the Israel Museum with bold geometric shapes softened by rough edges, they suggest ancient artifacts.

    Willen Sandberg




    In Dutch

    In French but good typographical examples

    English subtitles

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  • Big Steam Print

    A great day out at Ditchling Museum with the 

    The museum was host to the Big Steam Print and featured many artists work in both wood, type and linocuts.
    The engine fires up and toots a whistle then it majestically rolls along over the artwork, which is protected by a rubber carpet thing. The crowd then gets the magic of the reveal as a beautiful print emerges from pristine white paper to many oohs and ahhs.

    Big Steam Print | Ditchling | Angie Lewin

    Angie Lewins big steam print film

    Some of the artists listed: Anthony Burrill, Pat Randell, Thomas Mayo, Edward Tuckwell, Rob Ryan, Typoretum, Ben Coode-Adams, Freddie Robins, Angie Lewin, Print Wagon – Aidan, Jo Sweeting, Jeremy Radvan and Caroline Dunning.

    In the main pic at the top www.helenoishi.com Helen Oishi with her lovely Palm tree print.

    Here are some more pics…





    Visit Ditchling Museum – it features the work of Eric Gill, Edward Johnston (London Underground Type) and Edith Mairet (Vegetable dyes and weaving) to name but a few. They have a nice tearoom and ‘shopppe’ with type related and local history items.

    News Update the www.phoenixbrighton.org/events/the-big-steam-print is on.

    www.artfund.org/art_happens.php?pid=big-steam-print Support the Big Steam Print

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  • Seaside Prints

    Brighton print
    Brighton Walrus Swimmer – size A4
    £20 + 2.60 Post and packaging

    beachy head print
    Beachy Head Sailor Girl – Size A4
    £20 + 2.60 Post and packaging

    A4 Fine Art archival Print with water based inks onto G.F. Smith – Pristine White paper.

    OFFER – £35 for both prints + £3.60 Post and packaging

    Allow 3 working days for order
    *Colours may vary on different monitors

    Made in Brighton, UK.
    © 2016 Mimi Butler

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  • Fashion Cities Africa

    Fashion Cities Africa
    Brighton Museum
    Ends 8th January 2017

    “Developed with African fashion specialists Hannah Azieb Pool and Helen Jennings, this exhibition features some of the most exciting names and labels in contemporary African fashion. It provides a snapshot of fashion practices in these cities and an introduction to some of the stories behind the style, from the use of social media to create new platforms for fashion to the impact of the huge market for imported second-hand clothes.”

    This show features the up and coming African Fashion designers and also the scene in general, It combines traditional textiles, materials with street fashion and sculptural forms.
    The cities Featured are – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa.
    There is a fun dressing up area for young people and books to reference too.

    Check out these blogs for reviews: www.afrotype.com


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  • Bull Head Print

    Bull – Limited edition of 1/20

    Giclee print on A3 Somerset Velvet paper

    Fine Art Print made to High archival standards with water based inks.

    £60 + 3.60 Post and packaging

    Allow 3 working days for order
    *Colours may vary on different monitors

    Made in Brighton, UK.
    © 2016 Mimi Butler

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