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Brighton Journal | 10th December 2019

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Tiny Art Exhibition Makes A Big Impression

Tiny Art Exhibition Makes A Big Impression
Marie Hayward
  • On 26th November 2019

Keen-eyed shoppers might have noticed a tiny pop-up art exhibition in the winding Lanes. Shoppers can catch a glimpse of something pretty spectacular – miniature artwork being created before their eyes.

This November and December, 43 Urban Artists have been brought together to work on the technicolour dystopian diorama. Well-known names of the Urban Art scene have contributed to each colourful and political piece, that can fit right in the palm of your hand.

The exhibition called Urban Miniatures includes trains, signs and buildings. The exhibition features everything from high-rises, a church, a Tesco’s, and a Ronald McDonald sign saying, “You’re going to die.”

Starring in the gallery alongside 43 artists is pioneering musician Goldie, who painted a model train carriage and turned it into a love train. Maxim, the vocalist for The Prodigy, also painted a high-rise building. Other artists include Australian pop surrealist Ben Frost, real-life train-writer Remi Rough, street artist Pure Evil, political painter and Dismaland star, Tinsel Edwards and Brighton’s international muralist, Eelus.

Emily Paxton, a curator for the pioneering show, said:

“Graffiti doesn’t have to be this negative thing, it can be really positive.”

Paxton & Glew © Facebook


This exhibition is the creation of Pam Glew and Emily Paxton. Both curators are mothers to boys and have spent far too long around toy trains. The show is a celebration of the urban art scene. Whilst also being a festive shop that welcomes both art collectors and miniature fans.

Pam Glew explains:

“The exhibition aims to reflect a microcosm of urban life and celebrate the raw talent of so many talented artists who typically work on a much larger scale.”

Emily and Pam met in Brighton in 2004. Together they created PaxtonGlew. Since then they have built a creative career together. Emily is a freelance photographer and lecturer who has run pop-up exhibitions. Pam has exhibited internationally as a textile artist, commissioned by brands such as Armani, Ralph Lauren and Microsoft.

Urban Miniatures is the PaxtonGlew’s curational debut.

But wait there’s more!

At the exhibition, also available will be specially released 12″x12″ artworks, limited edition prints, designer gifts and miniature themed workshops.

The workshops will start on Thursday 28th November. The classes include wreath making, cyanotype, terrarium making and furoshiki gift wrapping with block prints. They are led by Emily and Pam. To find out more about the workshops, including times and tickets, click here.

The Urban Miniatures exhibition will be open until the 22nd of December.

Time: 10am – 5.30pm, Wednesday – Sunday.

Address: 11 Dukes Lane, Brighton BN1 1BG.


Featured Image: Artists Open House © Urban Min – Tiny Scenic.

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