Artists In Conversation: Anal House Meltdown
Thursday 20 April 2023, 7 - 9PM.
Artists In Conversation: Anal House Meltdown
Location: Lighthouse, Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
FREE, Booking Required
We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to be hosting the first Artists In Conversation with the group behind the longstanding and internationally celebrated queer club night Anal House Meltdown.
George Henry Longly, Eddie Peake and Prem Sahib have been running club nights in various venues throughout London and Europe since 2011. Previous parties have included the genre-spanning club basement of Vogue Fabrics in Dalston (VFB), the top of a volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli for the 2014 Fiorucci Volcano Extravaganza, the 2013 opening of Tate Tanks, and the 2015 Venice Biennale in collaboration with CURA, to name a few.
Running club nights, hosting non-funded project spaces and maintaining a career as a practising artist brings together loves, challenges, surprises, magic (and everything in between).
Join us for a chat about collaboration, resilience, occupying space and survival.
- The Digital Lounge is in the basement of the Lighthouse building accessible via a lift. There is a maximum of two wheelchairs allowed in the Digital Lounge at any given time. The lift holds a maximum weight of 300kg.
- There are accessible toilets next to the space.
- The Lighthouse venue is wheelchair accessible. More information on accessibility at Lighthouse here: https://lighthouse.org.uk/concessions-accessibility
About the artists
Eddie Peake works with performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture, sound and installation. His work often takes the form of immersive exhibitions that connect diverse and incongruous objects, weaving autobiographical elements and an examination of self-identity with more general themes of desire, the body and the urban landscape. Through his work he explores the implicit drama within relationships, whether familial, professional, romantic, sexual or social, and how desire, sexuality, socio-political and cultural constructs, as well as psychological states such as depression impact on them. One particular preoccupation is with the lapses and voids inherent in the process of translating between verbal language and nonverbal modes of communication. It is in the discrepancy between words and any other language, say, images, emotions, bodily movements or sounds, that his art is located.
Eddie Peake was born in London in 1981 where he continues to live and work. His exhibitions and performances have been staged internationally including: CIRCA, Piccadilly Circus, London (2020); White Cube, London (2018); the Fiorucci Art Trust Volcano Extravaganza, Naples and Stromboli (2017); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2014); Performa13, New York (2013); Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK (2013); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2012); The Tanks at Tate Modern, London in conjunction with the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012). Peake also DJs under a pseudonym and runs a record label imprint called Hymn.
George Henry Longly
British-born interdisciplinary artist George Henry Longly graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fine Art in 2005 and has exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA including major institutions, commercial galleries, art festivals, project spaces, residencies and public art projects. He is a founding member of Ridley Road Project Space, XTRADE and Anal House Meltdown with Prem Sahib and Eddie Peake.
Notable solo shows include go-go mirrors at Ridley Road Project Space; Benthos at Galerie Kandlhofer; The Tissue Equivalent at Palais de Tokyo; Toxungenous Activities at Fiorucci Art Trust; We All Love Your Life at Red Bull Arts New York and Park Nights at Serpentine Gallery, London.
His sculptural works are made using marble, mirror or metal and combine low-fi craft, textile, collage and industrial processes. His interdisciplinary practice encompasses curation, photography, video, installation, sculpture and design.
George has worked with Victor Buchli, Professor of Material Culture at UCL, and has contributed to his project; ETHNO-ISS An Ethnography of an Extra-terrestrial Society: the International Space Station. He is a visiting lecturer in Fashion Photography at UAL.
His work has been included in group exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary, Kunsthal Aarhus, The South London Gallery, The Moving Museum (Istanbul), David Roberts Art Foundation, ICA London, CELL Project Space and the Lisson Gallery
The work of Prem Sahib (b. 1982 in London) embodies a poetic and provocative "destabilised minimalism". It references the architecture of public and private spaces, structures that shape individual and communal identities, senses of belonging, alienation and confinement. Mixing the personal and political, abstraction and figuration, Sahib's formalism is suggestive of the body as well as its absence, drawing attention to traces of touch and frameworks of looking. Sahib is a founding member of Ridley Road Project Space, XTRADE and Anal House Meltdown with George Henry Longly and Eddie Peake.
Prem Sahib’s work has been shown widely including solo institutional exhibitions Balconies, Kunstverein Hamburg, 2017 and Side On, ICA London, 2015, as well in group shows at spaces that include Sharjah Art Foundation, Migros Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Hayward Gallery, KW Institute of Art, Des Moines Art Centre and the Gwangju Biennale. Their work is in the collections of Tate, The Arts Council, Government Art Collection, UK, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Norway, and MONA, Australia.