“loved it…nostalgia and innovation” – visitor comment
HOUSEWARMING PARTY: Meet the artists, explore the house and experience a number of impromptu performances throughout the evening.
Friday 23 April, 6 – 9 pm.
6:45pm THE HOUSE BAND
7:30pm SHORT FUSE
8:00pm MONTY OXYMORON
In a twist to the Open Houses theme, Phoenix Brighton takes visitors on a voyeuristic tour of a home which has been inserted into a public gallery space. Moving through a labyrinth of hallways, rooms, wardrobes and hidden spaces, visitors can catch glimpses of the private lives of its inhabitants.
Sculptor Ben Thomson has designed a floor plan into which he and other artists have poured their dreams and fantasies in the form of installations, photographs, paintings, drawings, film, sculpture and animation. Rather than replicating a literal domestic interior, the spaces evoke a range of memories and qualities associated with notions of ‘home’ — comfort, vulnerability, ambition, nostalgia, secrets and discovery.
Glimpsed through windows and heard through the walls, a cast of characters begins to reveal itself. From adolescent dreamers and nuclear families to time travellers and transients, the protagonists appear through the objects they gather and the atmospheres they create. Visitors will encounter the house’s diverse occupants through the work of the eleven artists.
The gallery also houses a collection of ‘dream boxes’ created by Alex Greenhalgh & Belinda Greenhalgh, Margot Bristow, Marion Charles, Stig Evans, Denise Felkin, Sue Partington, Michael Seal, and Clara Vichi.
VIDEO ART MAPPING – introduction talk and evening of videos – Free, 27th April 7pm. Part of the VAM residency.
VIDEO ART MAPPING – workshop – Free, 2nd May. Part of the VAM residency
SCREENING OF ‘SEARCHED FOOTAGE’ – Free, Two Sundays, 23rd May & 6th June 2 – 4pm, in the gallery. Free admission
HOME TRUTHS: GALLERY DISCUSSION – Wed 26 May, 7 pm, free. You’ve snooped around their house…now meet the artists in the flesh and hear what they have to say about their work and ideas. Join the dream artists in a discussion around the exhibition and related themes such as private space, domesticity and voyeurism. The discussion will be facilitated by Peter Seddon from the University of Brighton (tbc).
HOME MOVIES – Sunday 16 May
The same evening, there will be a special screening of home movies, featuring films selected from amongst those brought in earlier in the day. The event will feature a live improvised music soundtrack by Chris Phelon. Free admission. Sunday, 16 May, 7 – 9 pm.