Team & Trustees

HOUSE Directors – Judy Stevens & Chris Lord

HOUSE  was  conceived in 2008, originally as HOUSE Festival, by Directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord. The first edition, produced in 2009, aimed to provide a visual arts element during the May Brighton Festival. In 2012 HOUSE was successful in achieving charitable status as HOUSE Festival Ltd. In 2017 HOUSE moves to October and becomes a Biennial.

Stevens and Lord are also the directors of Artists Open Houses (AOH) Ltd, which they formed in 2004 to coordinate and produce the Artists Open Houses festivals, annually in May and December.

Judy Stevens is Festival Director for both HOUSE and the Artists Open Houses (AOH) Festivals.  She is a practicing artist, illustrator and print maker and is represented by NB Illustration.

Chris Lord is Design and Development Director for both HOUSE and the Artists Open Houses (AOH) Festivals. Chris also has his own graphic design business, Graphic Detail.


HOUSE Biennial Curator – Celia Davies

Celia Davies is a curator, editor and producer. She is currently Director of Photoworks who produce the Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s largest curated photography festival.

Celia was previously Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion from 2002-2009. She has devised numerous contemporary solo and group exhibitions and major commissions of new work, profiling both international and UK based artists. More recent projects include co-curating Brighton Photo Biennial 2012,This Storm is What We Call Progress by Ori Gersht (2012), Imperial War Museum, London. Curated projects include Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographs of the American South including Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Carrie Mae Weems, Susan Lipper and Alec Soth (2010), Beuys Is Here co-curated with Anthony d’ Offay (2009), Kenneth and Mary Martin,Constructed Works (2008) and Jeremy Deller (2006). Commissions include Mumuration Rinko Kawauchi and Brighton Picture Hunt Alec Soth (2010) Seascape Susan Collins (2009), PalaceNathan Coley (2008), It Starts From Here (2007), Motion Path Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone (2006) Variety including Brian Catling, Daria Martin, Mark Wallinger and Boyd Webb (2005) and Bridget Smith (2005).

She has been editor and contributing writer for numerous visual art publications including the Photoworks Monographs series, co-published with Steidl. She is co-editor of Photoworks Annual and Chair of Blast Theory.

Celia has been guest curator and visual arts advisor for HOUSE Festival since 2010.


HOUSE Biennial Festival Manager – Claire Wearn

Festival Manager, Claire Wearn: Experienced team leader with long experience of commissioning, programming, fundraising, project and event management. Claire’s previous work as a freelance creative producer includes working with Multistory, Magnum Photos, Martin Parr, Photoworks, CiRCA69 and Brighton Photo Fringe as well as various independent artist collectives and companies.


The HOUSE Biennial team also includes:

Nicola Jeffs PR Consultant and Sponsorship; Lucy Smith and Chloe Hoare Project Managers; George Mind Digital Marketing and Advertising; Jamila Herman-Prowse Volunteer Coordinator; Clothilde Van Neste Intern; Beth Troakes Fundraising; Claire Quigley Finance Officer; Tim Jukes Website Designer; Katy Martin Photographer & Workshop Assistant and all the volunteers, without whose involvement HOUSE could not take place.


HOUSE Board of Trustees

The HOUSE board of trustees comprises of:

Bill Randall – Chair: Previously Leader of  Brighton and Hove City Council and Mayor of Brighton and Hove.
Simon Martin – Artistic Director at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
Nicola Coleby – Creative Programmer, Royal Pavilion at Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.
Anne Boddington – Professor of Design Innovation, Architect, Cultural Geographer.
Dino Skinner – Managing Partner at Healys Solicitors, Brighton.
Kerry Beattie – Lawyer and Partner in Construction and Real Estate at DMH Stallard.
Geoffrey Bowden – Former city councillor,  chair of the committee overseeing Brighton & Hove’s cultural offer. A journalist by training, having recently retired following a career in public relations, he is now devoting a great deal of his time as a broadcaster on radio and television.

HOUSE Biennial commissioning panels:

Judy Stevens and Chris Lord, Directors HOUSE Biennial; Celia Davies Curator HOUSE Biennial; Mariama Attah, Photoworks; Marc Steene and Hannah Whitlock, Outside In; Joanna Lowry and Conall Gleeson, University of Brighton