Team & Trustees

Judy Stevens & Chris Lord

HOUSE  was  conceived in 2008, originally as HOUSE Festival, by 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 moved to October and became 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 has been Festival Director for HOUSE since its inception and remains so for 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.


Celia Davies

Celia is Co-Director of HOUSE Biennial and has been visual arts advisor and curator since 2009 commissioned more than 25 established and emerging artists across the editions.

Celia Davies is an accomplished arts professional with two decades experience as director, curator, producer and editor, leading exceptional contemporary art programmes across a range of contexts including gallery, development agency and festivals. Her expertise is in the visual arts, delivering artist centred cultural programmes and leading organisations with an expertise in commissioning and talent development.

Celia was previously Director and CEO of Photoworks, a national development agency and NPO renowned for its cultural productions, commissions, participation and publishing programmes. During this time, Celia led the artistic and strategic direction of the Brighton Photo Biennial, one of the UK’s largest photography festivals. In 2014, Celia co-founded the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, providing a unique national opportunity to support emerging talent across the UK.

Between 2002-9, Celia was Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, where she led and established the visual arts programme before, during and after major capital refurbishment of the £9m Grade 1 listed modernist icon.

Throughout her career Celia has devised numerous contemporary solo and group exhibitions and major commissions of new work, profiling both international and UK emerging and established artists. Selected projects include HOUSE Biennial (2009 – present), Jerwood Photoworks Awards (2015-18) Brighton Photo Biennial (2012, 2014, 2016). Curated projects include This Storm is What We Call Progress by Ori Gersht (2012), Imperial War Museum London, Myth, Manners and Memory: Photographs of the American South (2010), Beuys Is Here (2009), Susan Collins (2009), Kenneth and Mary Martin, Constructed Works (2008) and Jeremy Deller (2006) and Variety (2005). Commissions include Laura Ford (2017), Gillian Wearing, Olivia Arthur, Bharat Sikka, (2016), Nathan Coley (2015), Yinka Shonibare (2014), Mariele Neudecker (2013), David Batchelor, Thomson & Craighead (2012), Blast Theory (2009) and Ian Breakwell (2002).

She has been editor and contributing writer for more than 20 publications and acts as mentor, advisor and nominator for several awards.


Claire Wearn

Claire Wearn has been Festival Manager with HOUSE since 2015. Claire is an 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; Tim Jukes Website Designer; Claire Quigley Finance Officer.


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