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Message from the Board of Trustees, March 2022

Given the current and uncertain climate, the Trustees have decided that, with regret, HOUSE Biennial will close in 2022, and is contributing all remaining funds to supporting new and emerging visual artists through Artists Open Houses. HOUSE was founded by Judy Stevens and Chris Lord in 2008 to position, elevate and celebrate visual arts across […]


As HOUSE marks 10 years of co-commissions across Brighton and Hove we say farewell and a huge thank you to dynamic founders and Co-directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord as they devote more time to their individual practices and to the direction and development of the Artists Open Houses (AOH) Festival. The Board also extends their thanks to Celia Davies, whose vision […]

Volunteer Charlotte Clark’s take on the Giraffe

My first shift volunteering for HOUSE Biennial involved sitting in a room with a life sized giraffe. Confused, slightly jealous of this giraffe’s fancy velvet attire I didn’t know his backstory and was very intrigued. I then attended the In Conversation session with Alexandra Loske and Invited Artist Laura Ford. This gave me a whole […]

Interactive Artist Talk

On Thursday evening last week, Becky Warnock was joined at O N C A by members of the public and participants of Brighton Table Tennis Club to talk about her community project, Crossover Point. By inviting the audience to take part in a series of activities, Becky demonstrated how important the roles of storytelling and […]

Gemma Padley review of Timely Tale for Photomonitor

Gemma joined our press tour on 29th September and visited all exhibitions including trying on some of Andrew Omoding’s exhibition outfits at Common Threads, Phoenix Brighton.  Writing for Photomonitor on this occasion, Gemma had this to share on Natasha Caruana’s Timely Tale. Read full review HERE.

Miniclick speak to Natasha Caruana

Thank you to Miniclick for interviewing Natasha Caruana, our co-commissioned artist with Photoworks in partnership with University of Brighton, who are hosting the exhibition Timely Tale at Edward Street campus building. Natasha has been a past speaker at Brighton based Miniclick’s popular free monthly talks programme. Read full article HERE.

British Journal of Photography – Natasha Caruana and Timely Tale

The British Journal of Photography interviewed co-commissioned HOUSE Biennial and Photoworks artist, Natasha Caruana, about her forthcoming exhibition and new commission piece Timely Tale. You can read the article HERE. Find out when the exhibition opens for HOUSE Biennial HERE. Exhibition is free, closed Mondays, open Tuesdays – Sundays at University of Brighton Galleries, Edward […]

Artdependence talk to Laura Ford

“It’s all about making the work, not the career.” An interview with Laura Ford, the lead artist of HOUSE Biennial. Read the full article HERE. A King’s Appetite opens at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on September 30 and closes November 5. Find out more about it and opening times HERE.

The Tyranny of Choice

HOUSE Biennial and Photoworks co-commissioned artist Natasha Caruana on her new work and the tyranny of choice. For HOUSE Biennial Natasha Caruana presents Timely Tale, a lens-based work set against a backdrop of love, desire and health in the age of Excess. These topics are discussed in the artwork through the vehicle of the artist’s mother […]

Find out more about our Outside In co-commissioned artists!

HOUSE is delighted to be partnering once again with Outside In to present newly commissioned artwork created for the Biennial. Two artists this year, Anthony Stevens (Brighton) and Andrew Omoding (London), have been selected from Outside In’s network of over 2500 artists to produce new artworks inspired by the theme of ‘Excess’. New, handmade works […]

Sarah Watson reviews HOUSE2016

Partners Outside In, asked Sarah Watson to review 2016’s HOUSE Festival. Sarah Watson is a visual artist and photographer, she is currently working with Carousel in Brighton creating animations for a live interactive performance project called “Creatures of the Revolution”; she is Chair of Trustees for Carousel and a committee member for their Oska Bright international film […]


Two weeks ago we had the chance to meet the 2015-17 Children’s Laureate, political cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, Chris Riddell at his home in Brighton. For this occasion, we were accompanied by Kalila, pupil at Steyning Primary School and her mum. Kalila, a big fan of Chris Riddell, was delighted to meet her hero […]

Gillian Wearing is HOUSE 2016 Invited Artist!

Gillian will be presenting A Room With Your Views and invites anyone to film a short clip of either curtains or blinds opening to reveal the view from their windows.  Like the curtains going up at the beginning of a stage play each view is a pictorial unveiling of a landscape, cityscape or even a brick wall. The […]

BBC Arts film – Nathan Coley

An excellent and insightful film about Nathan Coley’s work at the Regency Town House and St Nicholas Church this year. See on the BBC

10 things you didn’t know about HOUSE 2015

The photo above is of staff on the balconies of the Grand Hotel on the day it re-opened after the 1984 bombing. This event was the starting point for City Collective’s film installed at the Regency Town House Basement. Amanda Loomes use to be a civil engineer working in the construction industry (that’s why she […]

The Arts Desk Interview with Joseph Popper

Drones, space capsules and set-building as fine art Joseph Popper is probably, so far, the We Made It interviewee operating most squarely within the world of fine art: his work is weighty with concept and highly immersive, and he operates within the world of galleries and commissions. But he very certainly belongs in this section. His stage […]

Please do not touch

The lure of the big red button… Joseph Popper’s instillation The Same Face is a 1:1 scale set of a drone command centre that explores the boundaries between the video game world and modern warfare. Despite its deeper meaning which questions our potential for destruction, I have been captivated by the more playful side of the piece. […]

What visitors are saying about HOUSE 2015

We’ve been listening to a range of audience feedback to various HOUSE 2015 exhibitions. Responses to Joseph Popper’s The Same Face: > [a father to his child] Do you want one of these in your bedroom? > I want my own drone to control to blow up things.. > [two friends] This reminds me of something… this is YOU […]

Outside In – facing barriers to the art world

Outside In provides a platform for artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. This year’s exhibition, Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins, features works by nine artists at Phoenix Brighton. In January and February we called for Outside In artists based in East Sussex to […]

Outside In artists – in their own words

Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins at Phoenix Brighton Partner Project with HOUSE 2015 Outside In provides a platform for artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Here, they describe their work, in there own words: Paul Bellingham It is almost as if I […]

Exploring ideas at the limits of certainty

Joseph Popper talks about his exploration of space travel and technological endeavour through film, photography and installations; how cinematic special effects have inspired his work; and how his transformation of found locations and everyday objects is used to simulate speculative scenarios and create fictional experiences. In his current installation, The Same Face, a combined video and physical […]

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