• Laura Ford
    Days-of-Judgement, 2012-2015
    Photo courtesy Gautier Deblonde

  • Laura Ford
    Punch and Judy, 2016
    Steel, jesmonite and fabric
    Photo courtesy Perren Street studios

  • Laura Ford
    Silent Howler II, 2016
    Photo courtesy Perren Street studios

HOUSE Biennial announces Laura Ford
as Invited Artist for October 2017


The first edition of HOUSE Biennial takes place from 30 September – 5 November. The Invited Artist will be Laura Ford, who will present new work at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) around the Biennial’s theme of Excess.

HOUSE, Brighton & Hove’s contemporary visual arts festival, is delighted to announce major Arts Council England support for its new festival, extending its programme and moving to October, where it becomes a biennial.

For HOUSE 2017, Laura Ford is producing a new commission in the form of a series of new works for presentation at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Large-scale sculptural works will be made for one of the main exhibition spaces while smaller works will be placed amongst the Museum’s collection and at associated HOUSE 2017 venues across the city. For this new commission, Ford has chosen to take her inspiration from the Royal Pavilion’s satirical cartoons from the Regency period, as well as imagery and figures found in the Willet’s ceramic collection at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Royal Pavilion.

In its new calendar slot, HOUSE Biennial will continue to work with a range of partners throughout the city, co-commissioning new work from established and emerging artists. HOUSE and Outside In will offer a co-commissioning opportunity to an artist currently excluded from the art-world mainstream; HOUSE and Photoworks will co-commission a mid-career artist with lens-based aspect. For 2017, HOUSE will also introduce a new co-commissioning partnership with the University of Brighton, offering an opportunity to a recent graduate.

HOUSE Biennial will include a community project in partnership with Photoworks working with the Brighton Table Tennis Club – welcoming young refugees and asylum seekers in the UK’s first “club of sanctuary”.

Press releases:

1: Laura Ford – Lead Artist

2: HOUSE & Photoworks co-commission: Natasha Caruana

3: HOUSE Biennial and Outside In announce 2017 commissions


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