Antonia Rolls

Artist Extraordinaire

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Unfortunately, due to government guidelines, all my upcoming events are on hold.
As soon as I have any information on the rescheduled dates I will post it here.

As part of the Dead Good Day Festival in Southampton, I hope to be showing a selection of the A Graceful Death exhibition, doing a one-woman show called the Soul Midwife Sofa, and running a workshop called How To Be With The Dying. 

When rescheduled all these will be at the Nuffield Southampton Theatre, NST City, 142-144 Above Bar Street, Southampton, S14 7DU.

Addicts And Those Who Love Them

When reschedule this event will be part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, Macmillan Horizon Centre.  

This exhibition is a work in progress. Following many years of living with and witnessing my son’s addiction, I am deeply troubled by the helplessness, hopelessness and madness of active addiction. 

I will be showing as many times as I can, as I create more words and images from those suffering from addiction and love for an addict.  The first showing in May as part of the Brighton Fringe will exhibit the work I have done so far. More is being created.

Behind every addict is at least one person traumatised by loving them and this exhibition, Addicts and those who love them asks both parties what they feel, who they are, what is happening in their lives.

As an artist, I use painting, words and sometimes video to try and describe what I have seen, heard, witnessed and experienced. I have no answers, I do not know how to help, but I want to find the person inside addiction.

I am painting my sitters as saints and angels, let us see how that goes. There is a link between heaven and hell, dark and light, the divine and the mundane.

I am running a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the funds to create and show this exhibition. All of my work is free, and this exhibition is free too. It involves all of us, it concerns all of us. Please donate. Every little helps. Thank you.

Loss Conversations

When rescheduled Loss Conversations will take place Fortnightly, 10am – 12pm, Bognor Regis Job Centre.

A confidential listening, sharing and supporting space to talk about loss, in its many forms, and the effect that it has upon our lives. It can be a very hard thing to carry alone, meeting other people who understand can help lighten the load.

Held every two weeks at the Bognor Job Centre, High Street, we invite anyone who is dealing with loss of any sort, to come and share your story. Open from 10am to 12pm, everyone is welcome.

Teas and coffees are supplied. No booking required, just turn up.

Run by Antonia Rolls and Marie Paul, both with many years’ experience working in palliative care and loss.

Past Events

The Brighter The Light

23rd – 28th August 2019, Waltham House Arts Centre, Bognor Regis.

An exhibition of paintings and words on partying, drugs and addiction.

Working with my son, this exhibition shows what it is as a mother to see one of your children’s drug-taking and partying spiral out of control, ending in a devastating addiction to the opioid painkiller OxyContin. I watched my son, helplessly, as his addiction became increasingly chaotic, mad, destructive and dangerous. It is with astonishing courage and strength that he is now rebuilding his life, and after many years, he is no longer taking this dangerous drug.

The paintings are powerful, raw and show how powerless I felt, despite watching overdose after overdose, to do anything at all to stop this terrible thing happening to my son. I do not pull the punches either. I am in no doubt at all of the madness addiction brings to the family and to others who are affected, and the point of these paintings is to say, Look. This is what I saw, this is how it was. It is not pretty. And all the time, this is my son.

Coming Home Workshop

3rd March 2019, Rose Q’s Art Cafe, Wimbledon, London.

“Take back your power, take back your path, live your truth.”

How is it that we wander so far away from home, from ourselves? When we forget who we are, we feel disconnected without knowing why, aware of a sense of loss but knowing that there is more to us than this. Coming Home workshops last for the whole day, and include discussion, creative exploration and deep thinking to explore how we get lost, and how we become homesick for ourselves. This workshop is about life. Your life, and living your life. If you are coming back to yourself, who are you coming home to? Who do you believe you are?

“As we meander our way through life, most of us get so caught up in the chaos of living and the routine of our daily lives, we actually forget who we truly are, and in so doing forget our true potential. This workshop is empowering and relevant.”

The A Graceful Death Exhibition

26th – 28th October 2018, St Johns Chapel Chichester.

Portraits and words on the end of life.

The A Graceful Death exhibition is a whole experience. It will be emotional, challenging, uplifting, inspiring. There will be at least two dedicated Listeners on hand at all times if you would like to talk or if you need someone to sit with you. I remember the first time I exhibited these paintings, realising that so many of us have stories to tell about love and death, and nowhere to tell them. A Graceful Death exhibition is about what it means to die, to face our mortality, and to live our lives fully today.