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Brighton photography programmes are top of this autumn’s pick of arts and cultural events in the South East

  • Date: 16 October 2012
  • Area: South East
Gazing, On the surface of images, Jinkyun Ahn, Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN 2012

Gazing, On the surface of images, Jinkyun Ahn, Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN 2012. Credit: Brighton Photo Fringe

This autumn, we’ve got another bumper crop of arts and cultural activity, funded by Arts Council England: from photography exhibitions spread out across cafes, shops, galleries, parks and hundreds of other spaces in Brighton to an international arts festival in Kent.

Photowork’s Brighton Photo Biennial: Agents of Change, Brighton - 6 October to 4 November 2012

Photoworks, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, presents their Brighton Photo Biennial called Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space. The fifth Biennial presents international and emerging photographers and artists that explore the themes of protest, activism, and ‘how public space is constructed, controlled and contested’. This includes a curated selection from local newspaper Argus archives of over 40 years of local protest and an exhibition on Brighton’s squatting history.

Highlights include Lighthouse’s exhibition Geographies of Seeing, the first UK solo show by Trevor Paglen, which explores the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, and Fabrica’s Beautiful Horizon, which presents images taken by young Brazilians living on the streets of Belo Horizonte, working in collaboration with artists Julian Germain, Patricia Azevedo, and Murilo Godoy. Both Lighthouse and Fabrica are Arts Council England National portfolio organisations.

Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton - 6 October to 18 November

Brighton Photo Fringe is a unique programme of photography and lens-based media – this year’s programme offers 262 exhibitors, 112 exhibitions and 60 venues and 38 events in cafes, community spaces, and galleries, empty shops, outdoors and unusual spaces across Brighton and as well as Portslade, St Leonards and Hastings.

A major highlight is On the surface of images, the first major solo exhibition from Korean artist Jinkyun Ahn at Phoenix Gallery, which was selected from over 100 submissions to the Brighton Photo Fringe OPEN 2012 by Clare Grafik, Susanna Brown and Oliver Chanarin. Jinkyun Ahn photographs explore the relationship between his parents, and in turn his family's relationship with death and the afterlife.

Brighton Photo Fringe is supported with a Arts Council England National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts award.

Canterbury Festival - 13 to 27 October

Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region. The festival attracts an audience of over 70,000 people of all ages to 200 free and ticketed events, drawn from across Kent, London and the South East. Every year the festival presents a wide range of events, including music, theatre, dance, comedy, science, exhibitions, walks and talks.

This year’s festival features the legendary mirrored tented Spiegeltent, which hosts the Festival’s cabaret and music salon and is sure to be a hit. Music highlights include the World Premiere of When The Flame Dies (17 October); The Cardinall’s Musick (20 October); British folk band Mawkin (26 October).

Canterbury Festival is an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation.

Black History Month, various – 1 October to 18 November

Through our National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts scheme, Arts Council England has supported several different diverse arts programmes.

Brighton’s first Arabic festival of arts and culture took place on 6-8 October under an Arabesque tent in the Royal Pavilion gardens, presenting free film, music, talks, dance and workshops – produced by Sandpit Arts.

Literature gets a new voice with Writing Our Legacy’s programme showcasing BME writing and authors across Sussex. Highlights include an evening of writing inspired by the historic Brighton Pavilion and India at Crawley Library (20 October), one-day writers retreat with Umi Sinha at Brighton Museum (3 November), and  Day of the Dead festival at Brighton Dome and Museum, honouring Mexican author Carlos Fuentes and Leonora Carrington. (17 November).

British Moroccan singer Noraay embarks on a new music fusion project called Creation that mixes classical, jazz, Arabic, soul and hip hop influences for a new tour-ready one-hour set of 10 tracks with a live band. Launch shows are at Live at Momo (26 October), Black History Month Family Day (4 November), Brighton’s The Latest Bar (7 November) and London Jazz Festival at the Barbican (18 November).  

KSP Productions’ The Incredible Doctor Guttmann, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford – 15, 16 November

A new play about the life story of Paralympic Games founder Sir Ludwig Guttman called The Incredible Doctor Guttmann takes to the Pegasus Theatre stage. In 1948, as a doctor at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, he staged the first games for disabled ex-service men and women on the same day as the London Olympics. As a brilliant young Jewish doctor, Guttman and his family were forced to flee Nazi-Germany, taking refuge in England.

Pegasus’ What the Dickens - 30 November to 30 December

As part of their 50th anniversary programme, Pegasus presents its first ever commission as this year’s Christmas show called What The Dickens, from stage comedy experts Gonzo Moose. This new show tells the story of Charles Dickens, who as an aspiring journalist in 1835 accidentally stumbles on a story in the slums of old London town that will make his reputation. A haunting tale of thwarted love, bitter revenge and all-singing, all-dancing cockneys.