30 September – 5 November 


HOUSE Biennial’s theme for 2017 is Excess, which is explored by each commissioned artist using their own approach to it and the consequences of society’s appetite for desiring too much.

In A King’s Appetite Laura Ford creates a series of new sculptural works and she has taken her inspiration from the Royal Pavilion’s collection of Regency period satirical caricatures, providing commentary on the Prince Regent’s lifestyle and aspects of excess within popular culture. Continue Reading »


                                   Gluck, Lilies, detail, 1932-6. Private Collection

There is much to look forward to at West Hill Hall this Autumn.

First date is the one you’ve already saved, 10 October at 7.30pm when Sarah Tobias will be giving WHCA’s Autumn local history talk on the ‘Hidden History of Brighton’s Parks and Gardens’.

Next is the annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 25 November from 11am.

And finally, we will be holding WHCA’s 20th West Hill Christmas Social on Saturday 9 December. Everyone is welcome but it’s a strictly ticketed affair. Tickets go on sale on November 15 in Bright News – don’t leave it until the last moment to get them as this event is always a sell-out. This year, along with a sit-down Indian meal, the chance to catch up with friends and neighbours and make new friends, we’ll be featuring local musicians. Can’t wait.

To get you in shape for the Autumn,  there are four new weekly daytime classes at West Hill Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. See the information from our new starters in New at the Hall.


Gluck – Art and Identity

18 November 2017 to 11 March 2018, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

The 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978) now also recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity, is the subject of this major new exhibition.  Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, the artist adopted the name Gluck and created a controversial masculine identity in the inter-war years.  Gluck soon became known for striking portraits, land/seascapes, stage scenes and floral paintings.

This landmark exhibition will take the approach of a forensic investigation, bringing together key artworks with other surviving evidence of Gluck’s life including clothing, accessories and photographs.



New at The Hall

Morning Hatha Yoga Classes with Stephanie Eastwood

I’m offering weekday morning Hatha Yoga classes on Tuesdays (9.00am) and Fridays (10.15am) Continue Reading »

Dear Editors

I absolutely love receiving your newsletter through the door and I was really excited to read the letters section in the last edition of The Whistler. Talk about dramatic: I absolutely loved Stephen’s response to the Sally May article! Kept me at the edge of my seat. I must admit when I read Sally’s obit I thought it seemed a little heavy-handed and was wondering at the time if there would be any lashback. Continue Reading »


Peter Batten writes about a great love …

My promise to provide an article for every issue of The Whistler has led me to make several embarrassing confessions. Here comes another. I fell in love with the great jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli (pictured). Continue Reading »


From birth to death, we members of the human race seek out reasons to celebrate. And why not? For it is commemorating important occasions that  binds us. That offers us satisfaction. That makes us and others feel good about ourselves, and, of course, in recent times has resulted in huge profits for the retail trade. Continue Reading »

Photo Competition

Brighton & Hove’s House Sparrows Project is challenging people across Brighton and Hove to use photography to capture images of the house sparrows visiting our city. Continue Reading »