About the Event

The wild secrets of Brighton’s murmurations.

Louise McCurdy and Steve Geliot have been observing and recording the starling murmurations in Brighton every winter. The intense life and death drama, which lies behind the beautiful dance of the murmurations, will be explored through visceral experience, physical evidence, multi channel sound capture of both starlings and peregrines to unravel the secrets of our ‘wild’ city and its wildlife ecosystem.

The starling nest boxes featured in the exhibition use wood locally sourced in East Sussex, with thanks to Balcombe Estate Saw Mill. The rubber strips on the nest box roof were kindly provided by Brighton Bike Hub. After the exhibition, the starling nest boxes will be located around the city to create a starling colony.



Exhibition Opening
Friday 14 January, 18.00 – 20.00

Make Your Own Bug Hotel
Saturday 22 January, 11.00 – 13.00
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Q&A with the Artists
Thursday 3 February, 18.00 – 19.00
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Living Coast Talk
Thursday 10 February, 18.00 – 19.00
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Create Patterns with Magnets
Saturday 12 February, 11.00 – 13.00
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From 15 January – 20 February, the galleries at Phoenix Art Space will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00. See here for details on what Covid-19 health and safety measure remain in place.

  • Please socially-distance throughout Phoenix Art Space.
  • Please wear a face covering in the galleries and corridors.
  • Please sanitize your hands on arrival.
  • Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell.


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