Viva Magazines: Cover Story

Viva Magazines is hosting a three-day exhibition showcasing a year of stunning cover art.

The exhibition at The Regency Town House will display covers designed by local artists for Viva Brighton and Viva Lewes.

It will also feature portraits by Adam Bronkhorst and Joe Decie’s comic strips.

Spectrum Photographic is the print partner for the event – producing illustrations on Giclee Studio Enhanced Matt paper and photographic portraits on C-type Matt paper.

Cover Story runs from Friday, December 1, to Sunday, December 3.

Issue #58 December 2017, designed by Graham Carter

Viva Magazines

Striking cover art designed by local artists makes Viva’s magazines stand out in a market crowded with publications.

They are all about celebrating Brighton and Lewes – whether it is their past, present or future.

Viva Lewes was originally a web magazine which first went live in January 2007.

The hard copy magazine was launched in October the same year and each month a local artist was asked to design an image for the front cover.

First up was Pearl Bates who dreamed up a glamorous lady walking over the town bridge.

Viva Brighton launched in May 2012 with a Fringe special.

The first cover was an image of Louise Brooks by Jane Sampson.

This year’s artists have included Graham Carter, Teresa Winchester, Emma Carlow and Rachel Clark.

Cover Story celebrates this thriving artistic community.

The magazines are available to read online at where you can also view all the covers so far.

Issue #135 December 2017, cover designed by Emma Carlow

Adam Bronkhorst

Adam Bronkhorst is a Brighton-based commercial photographer known for his unique and quirky portraits.

Bronkhorst also acts as the ‘photographer at large’ for Viva Magazines and has a unique wedding photography service – Viva Weddings.

If that didn’t keep him busy enough he also does editorial and commercial work, has written books on photography, regularly contributes to photography magazines and teaches photography training websites.

A selection of his portraits will be on display for Cover Story.

Joe Decie

Joe Decie is a regular contributor to Viva and has been detailing family life in comics for years.

His vignettes capture beauty in the everyday and playfully mix autobiography with the absurd.

Collecting Sticks, Decie’s latest graphic novel, was named Observer Graphic Novel of the Month earlier this year.

Loosely based on actual events from a family glamping trip it sometimes veers into fantasy and plays with the challenges nature can present to us city folk.

Exhibition details

Cover Story is on at The Regency Town House from Friday, December 1, to Sunday, December 3.

Showcasing Brighton’s unparalleled Regency legacy, the ongoing restoration project is the perfect setting for Cover Story.

The exhibition, sponsored by Spectrum Photographic and The Regency Town House, will be open from 10am to 5pm daily.

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