Former Bad Manners drummer exhibits photography and sculptures at Arts in Ramsgate

Family Tree by Brian Tuitt

Arts in Ramsgate is exhibiting work by photographer Brian Tuitt, who was a founder member and drummer with ska band Bad Manners from 1976 until 1987.

A series of twenty-five works and three sculptural pieces feature in the first exhibition at the new AiR premises in Ramsgate High Street.

Brian is a Ramsgate resident and has been a local business owner for 15 years, He is a drummer, father, photographer, and part-owner of the Galley, a family run café bar in Ramsgate.

Brian grew up in North London which is where, together with school friends, he formed the ska band Bad Manners. After running a music studio in Guildford, Tuitt moved to Ramsgate, keeping a foot in the music industry in various capacities.

A creative all-rounder, Brian expresses himself through photography with a focus on capturing rural and urban landscapes. The exhibition will be Brian’s first in Ramsgate. In it he documents well-loved local landmarks and has a particular eye for grit, texture and form.

His illuminated sculptural pieces celebrate the cooling towers which were part of the local skyline at Richborough until they were demolished in 2012.

The photography of Brian Tuit opens on Saturday (October 15) and runs until October 21, open. each day 10am-4pm

The AiR new winter term starts on Thursday, November 3 with a mixture of old favourites and new sessions. Collage, craft, social gatherings and ‘Open Friday’ where you can pop in any time 10am-4pm to work on your own project with support, or just for a chat and a cuppa! Fridays are free of charge.

All sessions are low or no cost and nobody is turned away for lack of funds. AiR will also be running the Winter Lantern Project again this year with the Great British Carnival, workshops will be weekly, days / times are to be arranged.

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Address: 46 High Street, Ramsgate


    • I met Brian a few years ago when he wasn’t in Bad Manners and he’d just finished managing a band rehearsal studio in Surrey and it was interesting when he told me some of his customers had been huge bands like Queen and Genesis
      I found Brian to be a really nice guy who was happy and easy to talk to about his time in Bad Manners and how difficult Buster Bloodvessel could be ,(he has a few stories about that.Lol) and at the time wether the band would reform ( They since have ).
      One of my biggest regrets was that Brian offered one night when they were in Margate to introduce me to both Neville Staples of The Specials and also Pauline Black of The Selector but I had to decline as it clashed with a concert that I was already going to
      I’m still kicking myself now about that . Lol
      Anyway I’m going to try to make the effort to see Brian’s exhibition and maybe catch up with him again

  1. When I worked at the WG, I was lucky enough to meet both Neville Staples and Pauline Black, as well as the late Ranking Roger, when they were all on the same bill at a concert (I may have been on minimum wage but the job had its perks lol!).

  2. Great, so much art to view in ramsgate. AIR are so welcoming to all. Great stuff and thank you.!

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