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A row of terraced houses used to stand where Brighton’s Phoenix Gallery is now. In the Sixties, they were bought and demolished to make way for office space. Apart from one. Harriet Silvester – who lived in the middle – refused to move out of her home.
An immersive exhibition created around the exact space where her house once stood, HOME presents fascinating, heartbreaking and uplifting stories of ordinary people. MOOP and Mnemoscene have collaborated with members of the public to explore how their collections of everyday objects, photos and documents can be curated to represent our emotional connection with the home and showcase untold narratives that chronicle real people’s lives.
HOME is ready for you to rummage through virtually from May 1st, and in person at the Phoenix Art Space from May 20th.
Join us for fantastic performances from local artists as part of our virtual events programme for HOME.
Next up: Sue Pearson with ‘Home Blessing’
Saturday May 22nd, 7pm
In the summer of 2019, Sue walked a 150-mile solo pilgrimage from St Anne’s Well in Brighton to the White Spring Glastonbury.
In 2020 she began performing ‘Home Blessing’ as a way of bringing some of that experience into people’s living rooms – 8 of them in fact! Then came lockdown.
Sue would like to dedicate this performance of Home Blessing to Harriet Silvester – whose story is being told as part of HOME.
- ‘I am Sam’ by Hannah Adams
- ‘Somewhere in Between’ by Michele Allardyce
- ‘Thank You’ by Beimnet Tatek Gebrekidan
- ‘Finding Dad’ by Yvonne J Foster
- ‘Home Fires’ by Julia
- ‘Tangled Threads & Frayed Edges’ by Nicola Miles
- ‘Undelivered’ by Lottie Wilson
- ‘Isolation with Dementia’ by Amber Franks
- ‘Folkloric’ by April Yasamee
- ‘Last word from Miss Silvester: “I’m going to go back to my cup of tea”’ by Summer Dean & Claudia Spelman
How to see it in person at the Brighton Festival
From 20 May – 6 June, HOME will open its doors at Phoenix Art Space (www.phoenixbrighton.org).
Please book a free, timed slot in advance via Eventbrite (click here).
Phoenix Arts Space, Main Gallery, tel: 01273 603 700
Free entry – voluntary donations
And bring along headphones and a pen if you are able to
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