An exhibition curated by Konstantinos Giannopoulos and Kalliopi Skoularioti, MA students at the University of Sussex.
In 1970 the 14 houses of Regency Terrace were bought and demolished to make space for Wellesley House office blocks. However, the stubborn resident who lived at number 9 of Waterloo Place, Harriet Sylvester refused to sell her home and remained there whilst the offices were built either side of her house. In 1974, Ms Sylvester’s death at the age of 89 allowed the contractors to demolish the remaining terrace house and complete the office blocks of Wellesley House. The building operated as office space until the ’90s. Later, when the building stopped being used, a group of artists headed by John Varah took up residence and squatted in the space which became known as ‘Eye Level’ and throughout the years transformed to Phoenix Brighton, which operates today.
The exhibition will be situated in the exact same location with Ms Sylvester’s house used to be, today the Green Room. Her unique story still inspires artists, who work in the building, to get involved with concepts related to broader ideas of home, space, urban buildings and the way we interact with them.
The exhibition aims to bring together Phoenix’s artists to rethink and retell Ms Sylvester’s story which addresses issues of home, resistance and the transformation of urban buildings.
This Wednesday come and enjoy the preview to this exhibition and meet those involved in the project.
Date: 22 May 2019