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Art at HOUSE Festival ** 2-24 May 2015 ** Brighton and Hove

house logoHOUSE is a contemporary visual arts festival, taking place in Brighton and Hove every May as part of a season of festivals, providing another great reason to be in Brighton this spring.

In its 7th year, HOUSE 2015 is commissioning four new works in response to this year’s theme ‘Edge and Shift.’

HOUSE is Guest Curated by Celia Davies, Director Photoworks.

Find out more about HOUSE

HOUSE 2015: Edge and Shift

Commissions

Turner Prize shortlisted artist Nathan Coley is our Invited Artist, who’ll be creating a new exhibition Portraits of Dissension at the Regency Town House in a co-commission with Brighton Festival.

The theme of ‘Edge and Shift’ is the starting point for a series of new artist commissions that make a point of connection with the subjects explored in Nathan Coley’s new work.

These thought-provoking projects are made in a range of media and are co-commissioned with partners Lighthouse and Photoworks. They are accompanied by a lively public programme in collaboration with our partners.

HOUSE 2015 Events Programme

The HOUSE 2015 wider programme this year offers a pop up cinema in collaboration with Cinecity accompanied by a series of artists’ talks, presented collaboratively with all partners.

ARTISTS

Nathan Coley

HOUSE 2015 Invited Artist 

Portraits of Dissension
Regency Town House

Co-commissioned by HOUSE 2015 and Brighton Festival

Regency Town House
Sat 2 – Sun 24 May
Opening Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12.00 – 6.00
Entry: Free

Turner Prize shortlisted artist Nathan Coley is our Invited Artist, who’ll be creating a new exhibition Portraits of Dissension at the Regency Town House in a co-commission with Brighton Festival.

The theme of Edge and Shift is the starting point for a series of new artist commissions that make a point of connection with the subjects explored in Nathan Coley’s new work.

Portraits of Dissension takes as its point of departure, themes of architecture in a state of renewal and destruction, referencing Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and images of a famous Brighton landmark building on the day it was bombed. Marking moments in history and collective memory, the works act as a way to explore wider implications or to relate back, reflect and consider what’s next. The exhibition will explore ideas of unrest, the monumental, absence, portraiture and the occupation of space.

Coley says “I am thrilled to be the Invited Artist for HOUSE 2015 and to be creating new sculpture for the compelling space in The Regency Town House. Taking the venue and Brighton as my starting point, the new works look at links between the destruction and renovation of architecture, and what objects we might make, in the aftermath of political acts.”

HOUSE 2015 Selected Artist

Co-commissioned by HOUSE 2015 and Lighthouse

The Kitchen, The Regency Town House Basement, 10 Brunswick Square, Hove
Sat 2 – Sun 24 May
Opening Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12.00 – 6.00
Entry: Free

For HOUSE 2015 Joseph Popper presents an installation of a 1:1 scale set of a drone command centre called ‘The Same Face’. The work will play upon the uneasy similarities between an enthusiast’s handmade flight simulator and an actual drone command centre, where only outside the confines of the four walls does the disparity of their potential for destruction become apparent.

Inside, among the wall monitors, control panels and headsets, a labour of love and an act of war share the same face. Films simulating on-board camera footage will illuminate the room. The work takes the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton as a point of departure, where locations and artefacts of the event are re-imagined from 5000ft high. The imagery will further explore how modern warfare is rendered as if in a video game platform, where the edges of the real and the virtual collapse in the transmission of animated pixels.

HOUSE 2015 Selected Artist

Co-commissioned by HOUSE 2015 and Photoworks

Servant’s Hall, The Regency Town House Basement, 10 Brunswick Square, Hove
Sat 2 – Sun 24 May
Opening Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12.00 – 6.00
Entry: Free

Using HD film and non-linear video editing Amanda Loomes will approach the idea of Edge and Shift to produce a film installation considering the marine aggregate industry and its use in beach nourishment and concrete.

Amanda is preoccupied by people at work and is drawn to record people’s labour and stories, and to see if art can inscribe value or somehow make things fairer.

Approximately 25 million tonnes of marine aggregates are dredged offshore in the UK each year yet this industry goes largely unseen. Many of these aggregates end up in the concrete foundations of our homes and offices – they are integral to our lives and to Brighton’s sea defences.

Her work will take the form of a sculptural film installation.

Co-commissioned by Photoworks and HOUSE 2015

Housekeeper’s Room, The Regency Town House Basement, 10 Brunswick Square, Hove
Sat 2 – Sun 24 May
Opening Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12.00 – 6.00
Entry: Free

A photograph taken of all the Grand Hotel staff standing on the balconies the day that it reopened after the 1984 bombing, is a starting point for this project which is in a sense a portrait, reminding us that terrorist attacks both in Brighton and around the globe affects change in communities as much as in politics.

Local residents’ reflections on this and wider issues around growth and change, anxiety and unrest are represented in this digital community project.

Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins

Outside In exhibition at Phoenix Brighton in partnership with HOUSE 2015
3 – 31 May, Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm
Phoenix Brighton

Featuring works by Aradne, Blair McCormick, John Ackhurst, Jonathan Kenneth William Pettit, Luc RS, Martin Phillimore, Michelle Roberts, Paul Bellingham and Sally Ward and curated by Katy Norris, Curator at Pallant House Gallery.

Providing a platform for artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability or social circumstance, Outside In and HOUSE have been developing the presence year by year.

In January and February there was a call out for artists based in East Sussex to submit work for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Five Brighton-based selectors chose the final works bearing in mind the overall theme of HOUSE 2015: Edge and Shift. There will be a series of related events and workshops taking place throughout the duration of the show.

Since its inception Outside In has engaged more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, 170,000 audience members and 80 partner organisations nationally. It has held over 30 exhibitions and currently support 2,000 artists.

Additionally, Outside In is now able to offer an increasingly international platform for the artists it supports, having taken part in the 2014 Paris Outsider Art Fair, and being on the board of the European Outsider Art Association.

via House Festival 2015.

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