What's on

Following the easing of restrictions the Town House is moving to re-open in a limited way and within government guidelines - see: Covid-19 Guidelines for Visitors

Many events scheduled for 2020 will now be shown in 2021 and the listing below will be updated to reflect changing circumstances, so please bookmark and return for the latest information.

Programme for 2020

The BioArt of Anna Dumitriu
Virtual exhibition

Nothing and Everything Happened
Pryzma Collective for Brighton Photo Fringe

Programme for 2021

My Adopted Family
by Jo Teasdale

Greenness is a Kind of Grief 
by Kate Street

Below Stairs at No.10 
group show

Brighton MA Photography
by The Iris Collective

Textile Artwork
by Brighton Fashion & Textile School


Virtual exhibition: The BioArt of Anna Dumitriu

Streamed event - late October 2020, dates TBA.

Shiny metal pieces embossed with designs representing coronavirus and a health worker wearing a mask

The internationally renowned Brighton-based artist creates timely interpretations on the theme of medicine and disease. Her installation here at the Town House has been assembled, filmed and will be streamed as a virtual experience later this month.
See more of Anna's work here.

Exhibition - Nothing and Everything Happened
Pryzma Collective for Brighton Photo Fringe

Tuesday 20th - Sunday 25th October, 2020
opening times: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am - 6:00pm; 

Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Admission free, Covid-19 precautions must be observed

Nothing and Everything Happened is Pryzma Collective’s debut show featuring four Brighton based visual artists; Amanda Gordon, Zara Pears, Ola Teper and David West. In search of the impact of the seemingly insignificant, works selected explore the fragility of trace by amplifying the imperceptible.

Photograph in black and white, depicting the head and shoulders of a bearded man, repeated four times in different poses
Photo © David West

Pryzma was born out of a desire to create a collaborative space where peer support and creative momentum could be maintained after completion of academic study. 

The artists:

Amanda Gordon 
Nothing is really very frightening

The threat of the invisible has increasingly become a worldwide societal concern since COVID-19 entered our everyday vocabulary. Considering this situation, Amanda’s work considers the abjectness and fragility of our bodies and in particular the current threat associated with our oral excretions and their potential to contaminate.
@amanda1812a     www.amandagordon.uk

Zara Pears 
How Does The Body Speak?

Zara Pears presents images from a new body of work titled 'How does the body Speak?' Images produced explore the cognitive processes of repression and recollection in relation to trauma. Works presented play with performance and narrative to explore the body and it’s latent response to past events. The artist also questions the nature and current status of women’s health with reference to the past.
@zara_em_     zarapearsphoto.com

Ola Teper
Towards the Within / I Don’t Know What I Saw

Building on the Freudian understanding of trauma, Ola Teper’s work explores the mechanisms of it through a photographic metaphor. As one of the treatments for trauma involves eye movement as a gateway to the unconscious, shifting from left to right is a reoccurring theme. These works were also created by working with an enlarger from the artist's own past, placing personal memories and the role of the light projection as its case study.
@ola.teper     www.olateper.com

David West
To Catch A Sunbeam

Traditionally David West’s work has examined relationships between the natural world and the human body, bringing to light beings caught in time. Under the constraint of lockdown David continued to train his camera towards ready to hand objects including himself simultaneously becoming the sitter and maker of this work 'To Catch a Sunbeam'.
@dwawest     www.dwawestphotography.com


Upcoming in 2021 (fingers & toes crossed)

Exhibition - My Adopted Family
by Jo Teasdale

Saturday 10th - Sunday 18th April, 2021
Dining room, parlour and drawing rooms
Admission free, Covid-19 precautions must be observed

Photograph' showing a figure with the four fingers of one hand inserted into the tops of small dolls heads, these supported on the other palm, upturned.

Jo Teasdale comes from a Fine Art background and worked in the arts for many years. Since moving to Brighton she took up photography and hasn’t looked back. Having won Landscape Photographer of the Year - Take a View - 2013, she has gone on to win competitions, been published in books and has had work shown at exhibitions. ‘My Adopted Family’ is her latest major body of work, since being awarded her Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2016.

‘My Adopted Family’ is a photographic project exploring the concepts of family, memories and inheritance. Using cherished possessions collected over time, Jo has created her own family history. This is a personal narrative that invites the viewer to travel through time and participate in the stories that unfold around them.

Jo uses large-scale prints to exaggerate the realness of objects and creative displays to transform the identity and personalities of the subjects. Her abstracts, created from extreme circumstances, produce images akin to Rothko and Blake.

Exhibition - Greenness is a Kind of Grief,
by Kate Street

Thursday 29th April - Sunday 2nd May
Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th May, 2021

Basement Annexe at 10 Brunswick Square
Admission free, Covid-19 precautions must be observed

An installation of artworks by Kate Street.

Exhibition - Below Stairs at No.10,
group show

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May,
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd May, 2021
11.00am - 6.00pm

Basement Annexe at 10 Brunswick Square
Admission free, Covid-19 precautions must be observed

Abstract artwork comprising back-lit strips of coloured film gels in shades of blue, red and black

Having shown in the upstairs grandeur of No.13 in the summer of 2019, Fleur Cowgill, Hilary Kennett and Sharon Fraser Hall, joined by Mark Wilson, will be exhibiting downstairs, in the Basement Annexe at No.10, as part of Artists Open Houses in May 2021. The basement, with its own particular richness of story, provides a dynamic setting. 
See more of their work here.

Exhibition - Brighton MA Photography
by The Iris Collective 

Two weeks in July 2021, dates and times TBA
Dining room, parlour and drawing rooms
Admission free, Covid-19 precautions must be observed

Photograph depicting The Moon as two overlapping images on a dark background

In this exhibition, members of the Iris Photography Collective explore a range of contemporary societal themes. Some have used the rhetoric of activism, others a more contemplative, reflective visual language, but all inspire us to think about the challenges that face us in today’s complex and divided society.

The photographers

Iris Photography Collective is made up of eight photographers, all based in Sussex and all currently studying MA Photography at the University of Brighton. 

Torz Dallison, fine art photographer & printer

Bill Brooks, photographer & printmaker

Lorraine Edridge, photographic artist

Ali Tollervey, photographer & film-maker

Andy Lloyd, a photographic artist

Syl Ojalla, fashion & fine art photographer

Hannah O’Hara, photographic artist

Elizabeth Doak, photographic artist and educator

Exhibition - Textile Artwork
by Brighton Fashion & Textile School

Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th July, 2021
10:00am - 4:00pm

Dining room, parlour and drawing rooms
Admission free, Covid-19 precautions must be observed

Detail of tapestry showing abstract scenery in yellow, orange and red

A display of vibrant and imaginative textile artworks, brought to you by the students of the Brighton Fashion and Textile School.
See more textile artwork here.