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Exhibition, Phoenix Arts Space, Brighton. 1 - 18 September 2023

SHIFT HAPPENS presented work made in collaboration with a group from Brighton Women’s Centre for Phoenix Art Space's Community Takeover, A Seat at the Table. The exhibition explored the process of making art as a way to think through personal experience, using analogue and experimental technologies. Within the group we asked ourselves what it means to reflect upon, activate, and acclimatise to change, how can we seek ways to visualise the uncertainties and complexities of our lives? Individual ideas were developed collectively, and during the exhibition visitors were invited to contribute to the ongoing enquiry by writing a postcard, drawing to create a Food Bank Still Life (with Phoenix Food Shop), adding to the wall of monoprint chairs and performing at the BWC Open Mic.


This year-long project began with the video Lazy, developed from a previous project bringing the story of a LazyBoy chair into a discussion about power, resilience, mental health and recovery. Here different chairs were interrogated as a site of both conflict and comfort, with other objects and narratives informing the material explorations. The project involved making monoprints, large-scale and collaborative drawings, 360 video, performance, animation and playing with objects and words. SHIFT HAPPENS was made by twelve people who met on a regular basis, committing to seeing what emerges when they trust a creative process and each other.



Alyce, Annis, Cindy, Jacq, Jaqueline, Jeanette, Lee, Leila, Pip, Phillipa, Sarah, Stevie

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Thank you to:

Jane Moore & Jess Hoult, Brighton Women’s Centre

Flexer & Sandiland, and the Acting Our Age Movement group

Jake Parker, ‘Remains’ chair sculpture

Jim Kirby, sound design

Chris Chowen, Creative Technologist

Mike Sansom, Brightfire Productions 

Techwise, for their generous support with AV equipment

Andrew Kotting, mentoring and Inkibit, software training, A-N Artists Bursary funded

SHIFT HAPPENS was funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from Brighton Women's Centre and Phoenix Arts Space

Images (from top): 

Exhibition view, Phoenix Art Space

Wall of monoprint chair drawings

BWC Shift Happens Open Mic, with Aflo the Poet 

Remains, sculpture by Jake Parker

Food Bank Still Life drawings, made in partnership with Katy Beinart and Phoenix Food Shop

Text on gallery wall

Exhibition view (before Open Mic, after which AI slideshow is added)

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