Gillian Wearing: ‘A Room With Your Views’
Turner Prize-winning British artist Gillian Wearing will present the world premiere of Your Views - one of the largest collaborative film projects ever to be produced - at HOUSE, Brighton’s festival of visual art, and Brighton Festival 2016 – the largest and most established multi-arts festival in England which this year marks its 50th anniversary.
‘A Room With Your Views’, by Gillian Wearing, will be a video installation and exhibition premiering ‘Your Views’, which takes place in Brighton University Galleries and is the artist’s first solo exhibition on the South Coast of England.
Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival, with HOUSE, for Brighton Festival’s 50th anniversary year, the project invites anyone to film a short clip of either their curtains or blinds opening to reveal a view from their window. Like the curtains going up at the beginning of a stage play, each view is a pictorial unveiling of a landscape, cityscape or even a brick wall.
The film asks for contributions to be uploaded to www.yourviews.org. It is hoped that Brighton & Hove residents will feel compelled to send their own films to the project as well as participants from far further afield.
Gillian Wearing, OBE, commented, “It feels personal in the way that each person has approached the instructions to the film and universal as it unites the world in the harmonious gesture of opening the curtains, blinds or shutters to give us a glimpse of their views. I am delighted by this opportunity to present ‘A Room With Your Views’ to the HOUSE and Brighton Festival audience and hopefully the work will include some local participant’s films too.”
Andrew Comben, CEO, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said, “We are delighted to have co-commissioned Gillian Wearing for Brighton Festival 2016. In this – our 50th year – we particularly wanted to reflect on the nature of ‘home’ and ‘place’ and this project does just that, providing an insight into people’s views from their windows throughout the world. I can’t wait to see the project develop and hope that the whole community will get involved by sending in their own films”.
Judy Stevens, HOUSE Director, said, “We are pleased to be working with Gillian Wearing and with Brighton Festival, to produce a new piece of work for HOUSE 2016 and excited that A Room With Your Views will form the centre piece of this year’s HOUSE festival. As such the work acts as inspiration and catalyst for a series of further commissions and community projects from an impressive range of young, mid-career and marginalized artists.”
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Notes to Editors
About Brighton Festival –
• Brighton Festival is an annual mixed arts festival which takes place across three weeks in the city each May, with an average audience reach of 150,000
• Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme with British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the Godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010, the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011, actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012, poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen in 2013, choreographer, composer, musician and performer Hofesh Shechter in 2014 and award-winning author Ali Smith in 2015..
• Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing arts festival, offering an ambitious programme that makes the most of the city’s distinctive atmosphere.
• Brighton Festival is England’s most established mixed arts Festival and a major milestone in the international cultural calendar
• Brighton Festival includes visual art, theatre, music, dance, books and debates, family friendly events and outdoor performances throughout the city including site-specific and unusual locations.
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival produces the annual Brighton Festival and also manages the three venues of Brighton Dome year round. It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.
• The first Brighton Festival in 1967 controversially included the first ever exhibition of Concrete Poetry in the UK, alongside performances by Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Yehudi Menuhin
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival manages a year round programme of arts at Brighton Dome – a three space, Grade 1 listed building made up of the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre - and produces the annual Brighton Festival in May.
• It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives, and to inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are a registered arts charity
• Conceived in 2008 by Directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord, HOUSE is a curated, contemporary visual arts strand running at the same time as Brighton Festival, and in part a response to the limited space in the city for presenting contemporary art. It commissions an internationally regarded Invited Artist and selects from Open Submission, the work of critically engaged artists based in south-east England. Inherent to HOUSE is an interest in the threshold between private and public space, where there is potential to experience new ideas and different ways of thinking, both within the artistic process. Previous years’ Invited Artists have been Nathan Coley (2014), Yinka Shonibare MBE (2014), Mariele Neudecker (2013) and David Batchelor (2012).