Exceptional turnout for art gallery launch

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ART and comedy combined on a Shoreham houseboat to support Save the Brighton Hippodrome.

Comedian Matt Whistler organised a Christmas fayre on Houseboat Sunflower last Saturday afternoon, followed by an evening of comedy.

Some of the artwork on display for the Christmas fayre

Some of the artwork on display for the Christmas fayre

The event also launched his new pop-up art gallery, Walk the Plank.

“It was an exceptional turnout,” he said.

The gallery included a huge sheet of marshmallow from Foodilicious in Brighton and Matt’s own robot artwork, as featured in his first international art exhibition at the famous robot hotel in Manhattan in May last year.

In the evening, four comedians appeared on the Silly Phosical Stage, which Matt described as the world’s smallest stage. These included 6ft 3in Dave Thompson, who was Tinky Winky in the BBC’s first season of Teletubbies.

“The evening comedy show was absolutely phenomenal, it was rammed to the rafters,” added Matt.

“All the acts were exceptional, lots of fun. Every comedian had their own unique style and it was very well received.”

Matt said he is always looking for collaborative local artists for his travelling art gallery. Visit the Walk the Plank Gallery’s Facebook page for more information.