Brighton Festival 2018Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Guest Director

We are delighted that the Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2018 is the Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley



Best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on the absurdity of 21st-century society, Shrigley’s darkly humorous compositions reflect the inconsequential, the bizarre, and the disquieting elements of daily life. While drawing is at the centre of his practice, his work spans an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music.

Read the full David Shrigley Guest Director announcement.

The inaugural Guest Director was visual artist Anish Kapoor (2009), followed by musician Brian Eno (2010), Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi (2011), actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave (2012), poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013), choreographer, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter (2014), award-winning author Ali Smith (2015), pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson (2016) and the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest (2017)

Find out more about David Shrigley

2009: Anish Kapoor

Brighton Festival’s inaugural Guest Artistic Director…

2010: Brian Eno

Brian Eno's contribution to 2010's programme ranged…

2011: Aung San Suu Kyi

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2012: Vanessa Redgrave

Stage, screen and television actress, UNICEF Goodwill…

2013: Michael Rosen

Celebrated poet, writer, broadcaster and former Children's…

2014: Hofesh Shechter

This year the critically acclaimed choreographer,…

2015: Ali Smith

The 49th Brighton Festival Guest Director is award-winning…

2016: Laurie Anderson

Experimental artist and musician Laurie Anderson took…

2017: Kate Tempest

The Guest Director for Brighton Festival 2017 was…

2018: David Shrigley

David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield in 1968 and…