2017 is a year of new ventures and exciting change for HOUSE, Brighton & Hove’s visual arts festival. From this year, Brighton and Hove’s contemporary visual arts festival is moving from the city’s ‘festival month’ of May to October, where it will become a biennial, alternating with Brighton Photo Biennial. The first festival is expected to take place in October 2017.
HOUSE will continue to deliver the best of contemporary visual art, working with a range of partners throughout the city and the region. HOUSE will continue to commission new work from established and emerging artists for each biennial and will strengthen partnerships with Outside In, providing a platform for artists otherwise marginalised from the art-world mainstream; the University of Brighton; and other arts and community organisations in the city.
As part of the new HOUSE Biennial model, Directors plan a new partnership with the Royal Pavilion & Museums, and will work to explore new avenues of collaboration with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. HOUSE also look forward to continued and prosperous relationships with visual arts partners in the city to achieve the new model for the festival, including with Photoworks, Fabrica, ONCA, Phoenix Brighton, Cinecity and Carousel.
HOUSE Biennial will offer the city a major visual arts event for October, in the alternate year to Brighton Photo Biennial, and allow for further development and opportunities in curating the festival.
Judy Stevens, co-director, HOUSE, said, “The changes mark a new stage in the development of HOUSE, which will make it possible for our team and our partners to build on our past successes to produce an even better event for the city. HOUSE has been very fortunate in past years to work with established artists such as Gillian Wearing, Yinka Shonibare MBE and David Batchelor since inception. By HOUSE having a longer lead in time there will be more scope and time to identify and commission headline artists as well as fundraise between biennials, to find new venues and to develop community projects.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Chief Executive Andrew Comben, and his colleagues for the encouragement and support they have given us since HOUSE was launched in 2008. A big thanks also to our other partners and of course our audiences, who have supported HOUSE for nearly 10 years.”
HOUSE continues to be supported by Visit Brighton among other stakeholders.
“This is a fantastic collaboration that showcases the creativity the city is famous for. HOUSE Biennial in October will broaden and strengthen the city’s Autumn cultural offer,” Cllr Alan Robins, lead member for culture and regeneration.
Andrew Comben, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Chief Executive, added, “This is an exciting development for Brighton & Hove’s artistic offer. I wish HOUSE well for the future and look forward to developing new areas of collaboration with the HOUSE Biennial.”