INVITATION TO BRIGHTON FESTIVAL EXHIBITION OPENINGS
FRIDAY 4 MAY 2012
LIGHTHOUSE, UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, FABRICA
Lighthouse is delighted to invite you to the launch of three major visual arts exhibitions opening on Friday 04 May 2012 as part of Brighton Festival. This is a unique opportunity to get a taste of four major pieces of work in one evening, which together make up a large part of the visual arts strand of the Brighton Festival.
You are invited to the preview of Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard’s Audience / Performer at Lighthouse, the opening of Hangover Square at the University of Brighton with Cinecity, and the launch of RELAY at Fabrica, which includes a preview of Sea of Voices by Invisible Flock and a viewing of I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another by The Otolith Group.
There will be a tour of the exhibitions on Friday, starting at Lighthouse, moving on to University of Brighton, then to Fabrica over the evening. But you are also welcome to drop in and out as you choose.
Schedule of openings on Friday 04 May:
Audience / Performer – Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Open between 4.30 – 7pm
Walk from Lighthouse to University of Brighton Gallery
Hangover Square - Cinecity
Venue: University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade
Open between 5 – 8pm. Speeches at 6pm.
Walk from University of Brighton to Fabrica
Invisible Flock and The Otolith Group, plus the launch of RELAY
Open between 6 – 9pm. Speeches at 7pm.
About the exhibitions:
Dates: 05-26 May, 11-6pm, closed Sun FREE
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard are amongst the UK’s leading contemporary artists, working at the edge of performance and new media. For Brighton Festival we are staging an exhibition of some of their most exciting film and video work.
Hangover Square – CINECITY and University of Brighton
Dates: 05-27 May, Mon–Fri 11am – 7pm; Sat / Sun 11am – 5pm FREE
Venue: University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Patrick Hamilton – iconic author, saloon bar laureate and former Hove resident – this unique art installation revisits his most famous work. Set in the seamy watering holes of Earls Court and a rain-swept Brighton on the cusp of World War II, Hangover Square is widely regarded as Patrick Hamilton’s masterpiece. Now CINECITY and artist Anna Deamer with students from the University of Brighton and City College present a film set for an imaginary screen version of this bleak hymn to obsessive desire.
Two interiors, inextricably linked, form the heart of the exhibition: in the South Gallery a smart Brighton hotel room; in the North, a seedy London flat where the climactic crime scene is re-imagined. Offering connections and clues to the rest of this darkly comic novel, the exhibition also allows the viewer to weave their own narratives upon the empty rooms.
Launch of RELAY with work by Invisible Flock and The Otolith Group
The Otolith Group and Invisible Flock have been commissioned by a partnership of Brighton’s leading visual arts organisations – Fabrica, Blast Theory, Brighton Festival, Lighthouse, Photoworks, and the University of Brighton – to create new works for Brighton Festival 2012, as part of the RELAY programme. Two artist-groups were commissioned to create two new works, responding to the coastal context and maritime heritage of South East England, and to The Boat Project by Lone Twin, which makes its maiden voyage in May.
Brighton’s seafront will be subtly transformed by artist group, Invisible Flock especially for Brighton Festival. Embark on an interactive journey between Fabrica and the Brighton Marina, guided by storytelling, interactive maps and sea telescopes.
I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another – The Otolith Group
Turner Prize nominated artists, The Otolith Group, poetically explore the sea as a site of myth, history and socio-political power in a new immersive exhibition co-commissioned by Lighthouse for Brighton Festival.
RELAY programme runs from April onwards and is presented by Turning Point South East, the regional network for the visual arts. The RELAY baton will be passed from major contemporary arts organisations across the South East from Fabrica, Brighton to Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; on to MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and handing over to Modern Art Oxford, finally on to Turner Contemporary, Margate and Stour Valley Arts, King’s Wood Ashford.
In addition to the new commissions, there will be other RELAY events organised by De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. The programme is a unique collaboration between the south east contemporary arts organisations, universities and local sporting groups. The RELAY programme has worked closely with the Creative Campus Initiative’s Prospectus programme.
To find out more about the exhibitions visit:
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard – Audience/Performer
The Otolith Group – I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another
Invisible Flock – Sea of Voices
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