Hanningtons Estate has teamed up with Artists Open Houses, University of Brighton Fine Art Sculpture students and David Shrigley to showcase a student bursary exhibition – We, You, Me – as part of the AOH Winter Festival.
Four final year students – Brad Smith, Jack Digby, Liberty Cheverall and Ainoa Burgos Gonzalez – have been working closely with David Shrigley and Course Leader and Senior Lecturer Suzanne Hutchinson, to develop their individual works and will be engaging audiences with contemporary topics such as: gender; nature v manmade; ideologies of the home; and the body and its engagement with space.
The exhibition will open its doors at 15 Brighton Place within Redevco’s Hanningtons Estate on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th and 13h December from 11.00am-5.00pm. The exhibition will follow national, AOH and University of Brighton Covid-19 guidelines and tickets are available via Eventbrite. The students will be displaying their work as part of the AOH festival, which runs online from the 21st November to 31st December, with in-person visits 5th-13th December.
Sarah Lulham, Asset Manager at Redevco comments, “Since we completed Hanningtons Estate last year, we have attracted a range of artists and makers such as Bousham, Sophie Darling, Paxton+Glew and Ayten Gasson. The Lanes have for many years been synonymous with creativity and the arts and it was important for us to continue this legacy and help support the next generation of Brighton based artists, by making exhibition space available which can be enjoyed by visitors safely. The collaboration with David Shrigley is exciting and we can’t wait to see the artists’ work in situ.”
Judy Stevens, Festival Director at Artists Open Houses comments, “We are really delighted that the Hanningtons Estate student bursary offer has enabled this exciting collaboration between the University of Brighton and the Artists Open Houses Winter 2020 Festival. We are also very grateful to internationally respected artist and AOH Ambassador David Shrigley for his generous input in mentoring these young artists of the future.”
Suzanne Hutchinson comments, “The partnership with Hanningtons Estate, the University of Brighton and Artist Open House has resulted in a fabulous live action learning opportunity for the Fine Art students involved. The bursary has enabled the students to discuss their work with David Shrigley, plan, prepare and exhibit their work in a professional context, and further develop the professional practice skills associated with planning, installing, curating and marketing their artworks.
“The bursary has enabled the students to practically experience the benefits of working in partnership with different organisations and has acted as a reminder of the vital role the arts plays in both reflecting on and generating dialogue about contemporary human and societal experience. The Fine Art programme develops proactive creative arts and cultural practitioners able to embrace challenge and respond to changing situations with agility. The artists exhibiting in the We, You, Me exhibition have reimagined their projects in response to two national lockdowns. Through this process, new subject areas have been discovered, fresh creative solutions have been found and personal and professional resilience has been developed.”
David Shrigley, internationally respected artist and AOH ambassador, adds, ‘It was a great pleasure to be involved with the AOH project. The tutorials that I led with students and emerging artists were the first that I have done online. Despite the remote interaction, the conversations we had were really enjoyable and the participants were all very generous and thoughtful in the presentation of their work.
“It would have been nicer to meet in person during the early stages of this process however I feel we got to have longer and less pressured discussions via video call and I am looking forward to seeing the work at the actual exhibition very soon!
“Making art is so valuable for many people’s health and wellbeing and the AOH project provides a priceless opportunity for artists to share their work.”
The AOH Winter Festival will incorporate best aspects of both the May and Christmas festivals, offering Christmas shopping opportunities as well great art for buyers and collectors. www.aoh.org.uk