Qype: Madame Geisha in Brighton

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I can’t believe that more people haven’t reviewed this place, it’s got to be one of the most genuinely original and artistic spaces in all of Brighton. On walking in the door, the first thing to strike you is the rough-hewn wooden frame separating a section of the seating area which is adorned with the most beautiful, original artworks from Geisha Arts, the art gallery above the bar area.

The predominant red and black theme is incredibly striking and cohesive amidst the haphazard mis-match of sofas, tables and chairs. If you look behind the bar, which is overhung by enormous multicoloured, neon-lit crosses, you’ll see the most enormous selection of spirits I’ve ever seen in my life. I felt distinctly boring just opting for a Bacardi and Coke. Drinks prices are pretty high-end – about £6-7 for a double spirit & mixer – but when I have a drink in a place like this, I’m happy to think I’m at least in part paying for the privilege of the venue in the price.

Madame Geisha host club nights in the evening but have recently, since Geisha Arts opened up above, started opening in the day time for tea and coffee with spaces available to book for meetings. It’s clear to see that this would be an incredible space for creatives – now I just need some meetings to hold…

Check out my review of Madame Geisha – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

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Qype: Seafront Image in Brighton

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Seafront Image is another brilliant little photography/art gallery in the ‘Artists Quarter’ on Brighton seafront. This adorable little wooden shack (situated actually ON the beach) sells the most gorgeous Brighton-related images: from the iconic burnt-out West Pier silhouetted against a setting sun to enormous flocks of seagulls cruising along the coastline.

For just £35, their 6×4 triptychs make excellent Brighton-themed presents. My mum is rather partial to images of solitary deckchairs blowing in the breeze as well as rows of multicoloured beach huts so if I’m ever short of present ideas then I know where to go. If you do fall in love with their pictures, but feel a little strapped for cash then don’t worry – like all great seaside mini-galleries their prints are available as greetings cards.

Check out my review of Seafront Image – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype

Qype: Linda Boucher in Brighton

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I absolutely ADORE this little gallery along Brighton seafront – it brings out my inner girly girl like no other place in the city. Linda Boucher’s paintings are stunningly simple and all very, very pink. Specialising in ‘still life’ paintings depicting beautiful shoes, handbags and elegant items upon dressing tables, there is a wonderful feel to her work that suggests a vibrancy and life in these colourful, inanimate objects.

Boucher does what every great artist should be able to do – she takes the everyday and makes it new and wonderful. Her portraits are stunning too – faces of women made up in classic 1920s-style.

If you fancy getting your hands on one of these original artworks, it’ll set you back between £45 and (ouch) £325. My favourites are her shoe paintings which are all around the £120 mark. If I had my own place (and was decidedly richer) I’d love to cover my bedroom/dressing room in her designs. I’m just not sure it would go down TOO well with my boyfriend…

Check out my review of Linda Boucher – I am Alice_Reeves – on Qype