Ink_d Gallery, North Road, Brighton, until February 28.

Ink_d is kicking off 2009 with Life, Death and Other Colours, an exhibition of painting, interior design and limited edition prints from Brighton multimedia artist Ben Allen.

Allen describes his influences as “comic book art, Japanese graphics, typography, physical communication, nature and the human condition.” The result is an energetic blend of punk and Pop Art.

The exhibition continues upstairs, where visitors are encouraged to relax in Allen’s boudoir installation, showcasing his quirky and colourful interior design collection.

Describing the creative process, Allen said: “My work is representative of taking layers of time, recreating something that you can’t have control over, but in a controlled manner. I take all the pieces and make my own world.”


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Pavilion Theatre, New Road, Brighton, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

stephenclark1Aspiring West-End stars can head to the Pavilion Theatre this weekend for a chance to create and star in their own production.

Beginners and seasoned performers alike can put themselves in the capable hands of Olivier Award-winning playwright and director Stephen Clark and movement and improvisation tutor Debra Stych, from the London International School of Performing Arts.

The workshop, which will be based on the theme ‘in the pub’, culminates in a performance of the production on Sunday night at the same venue.

Workshop: Friday 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm, tickets £40 (Adults 15+). Performance: Sunday 7pm (doors 6.15pm), entrance £3. Call 01273 709709.