Do you love photography? Visit Phoenix Art Space this month and discover an inspiring selection of photographers, filmmakers, collectives and artworks spread across our two galleries - and online. Find out What's On.
Join photographer Denise Felkin in November for a course on Portrait Photography.
Learn how to tell stories through portraiture with this 3-week course at Phoenix Art Space. Master the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait photography, experiment with lighting set-ups and learn how to direct a subject. Find out more.
Watch 2 Metre Conversations
Over lockdown Phoenix Art Space, artist Katy Beinart and the Centre for Arts & Wellbeing collaborated to create a series of short films about people's experiences of the initial lockdown period. Locals were asked to engage in 2m distanced conversations about how lockdown had affected them, the changes they had made, and their thoughts on the future. These moving and tender conversations are being screened online as part of Photo Fringe 2020. Watch them here.
Denise Felkin, Composite Print
Q&A with photographer Denise Felkin
How would you describe your practice?
My photography migrates between creative portraiture and documentary photography. I am driven by research led projects and collaborate with my subjects to create cutting edge images that speak out about current issues, to reveal a truthful voice, and promote unity, equality and compassion.
Tell us about your current Window Gallery exhibition.
The exhibition and events are funded by the Arts Council. For the first time I am showing all 51 of the Mum’s Not the Word collection. Each image includes an individual statement from each participant of their refection of what it means to them to live a life without children. There are also four work-in-progress Dad’s Not the Word images. The exhibition also includes a short film from the organisation Population Matters, who look at ways to combat population growth for future sustainability.
Tell us a little about your associated digital programme.
There are two pre-recorded events that go live on Saturday 17 October & Saturday 31 October. I was recently in discussion with Jennie Ricketts & Maroussia Mbaye about my practice. In this discussion I join Jennie Ricketts, childfree herself, in conversation with Maroussia Mbaye, a photographer who works with women who have experienced unwanted pregnancies in Senegal, West Africa, to discuss cultural expectations of women in society today. The second event will be a podcast produced by Mum's Not the Word participant Melanie Kalay AKA Yes Mel. Mel interviews 3 MNTW participants and Katrina Dixon, from Population Matters. The podcast includes comments from the audience and Reigate Art School.
Tickets to Denise Felkin: Mum's Not the Word also grant you entry to
Photo Fringe: Collectives Hub
Discover the work of nine photographic collectives, each with an experimental approach to photography. Practices explore everything from chemical-free prints to photographic installation to lockdown frustrations, internet chatrooms and folkloric landscapes - to name just a few.
We are spotlighting the latest studio artists to arrive at Phoenix Art Space - welcome!
Phoenix are very happy to welcome the 3rd artist to be selected for the Cass Art x Phoenix Art Space Studio Award from Brighton University's graduating artists. Hattie Malcolmson was thrilled to be moving into the space which she will have for the next 12 months. We asked Hattie to tell us a little about her plans as she moved in last week. "Right now I am drawing and planning for some new paintings with the same subject of women empowerment, but experimenting with bringing in more of a feeling of vulnerability in some of them to see if this gives more of a relatability to the work. I plan on doing this by using personal self expression and inspiration from my own life to convey universal female truths." Find out more about Hattie.
Image: SHIELDING, Anna Dumitriu
What else are Phoenix studio artists up to?
Studio artist Anna Dumitriu has produced an online virtual exhibition in collaboration with Rise and ART/DATA/HEALTH as part of the Brighton Fringe autumn season. Find out more.
Denise Felkin is in conversation with Jennie Ricketts & Maroussia Mbaye on 17 October to discuss cultural representations of childless women. View Denise's Digital Programme here.
Artist duo Semiconductor are exhibiting their installation Earthworks at Fabrica from 10 October - 22 November. Find out more.