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Community Takeover - Stories, Phoenix Art Space

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Community Takeover - Stories, Phoenix Art Space
4 September - 3 October

Our annual Community Takeover exhibition is back this autumn. The Main Gallery at Phoenix Art Space will be transformed into a dedicated space for our community projects to be celebrated and for all our visitors to contribute to an evolving exhibition. Our theme this time is ‘stories’ as we look back at recent narratives and invite you to share your stories with us.

View artwork produced by residents from East Brighton, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean and Hangleton & Knoll during the Our Place project, a ground-breaking community initiative part of Brighton Festival 2021. Watch 2 Metre Conversations, a series of short films commissioned by Phoenix Art Space, the University of Brighton’s Centre for Art and Wellbeing and supported by Brighton and Hove City Council. Created by artist Katy Beinart and filmmaker John Edwards and shot during lockdown in 2020, these moving and powerful conversations with local people from a wide range of backgrounds show the diversity of experience during the pandemic.

Come along and tell us your stories through activities such as window drawings, adding to our forest of books and creating fabric decorations for our willow enclosure. Everyone is invited to take part in one of our artist-led workshops or visit the exhibition as it unfolds.

Visit the Green Room from 22 September – 3 October for Acts of Transfer, a collaboration between artist Katy Beinart and writer Lizzie Lloyd for a project that uses image and text to reactivate past socially engaged art projects.

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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