Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing’s ‘A Room With Your Views’ commissioned by and to be premiered at HOUSE and Brighton Festival 2016

HOUSE is the contemporary visual arts festival, taking place every May as part of the festival season in Brighton & Hove, this year, the 8th festival, runs from 30 April to 5 June across the city.

Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing, OBE, is 2016’s HOUSE Invited Artist and brings to Brighton & Hove the world premiere of ‘Your Views’, one of the largest collaborative film projects ever to be produced. http://yourviewsfilm.com/

Gillian Wearing, ‘Your Views’ (2016) – BOSTON-BRIGHTON-CONGO. Image © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley.

‘A Room With Your Views’, by Gillian Wearing, will be a video installation and exhibition premiering ‘Your Views’, which takes place in Brighton University Galleries and is the artist’s first solo exhibition on the South Coast of England.

‘A Room With Your Views’, co-commissioned by HOUSE, with Brighton Festival, for the festival’s 50th anniversary year, invites anyone around the world to film a short clip of either their curtains or blinds opening to reveal a view from their window. Like the curtains going up at the beginning of a stage play, each view is a pictorial unveiling of a landscape, cityscape or even a brick wall.

The film asks for contributions to be uploaded to http://yourviewsfilm.com/ . It is hoped that Brighton & Hove residents will feel compelled to send their own films to the project as well as participants from far further afield across the Globe.

Gillian Wearing commented, “It feels personal in the way that each person has approached the instructions to the film and universal as it unites the world in the harmonious gesture of opening the curtains, blinds or shutters to give us a glimpse of their views. I am delighted by this opportunity to present ‘A Room With Your Views’ to the HOUSE and Brighton Festival audience and hopefully the work will include some local participant’s films too.”

Gillian Wearing (b. Birmingham, 1963) explores our public personas and private lives. She describes her working method as ‘editing life’. Using photography and video to record people’s confessions, her work explores disparities between individual and collective experience, drawing on fly­on­the­wall documentaries, reality TV and techniques of theatre, to explore how we present ourselves to the world. Wearing won the 1997 Turner Prize, is an OBE and Royal Academician, and has exhibited extensively internationally.

The theme of HOUSE 2016 is 'Home'. HOUSE Curator and Director of Photoworks, Celia Davies explains, “This year, HOUSE is interested in 'Home' as a sense of place and what it means for us; about the constructed private spaces we create in relation to society and our relationship to the technological, physical and political landscapes that surround us. 'For some ‘Home’ is just a physical dwelling, for others it signifies where we root our daily lives, or a direct reflection of our identity. 'Home' can also be a concept, a locator in our mind-set that can make us feel secure, or at times uneasy.”

HOUSE will also present three other major visual arts projects making a response to HOUSE 2016’s theme of ‘Home’. The projects take place across the city and all are presented in non-traditional and public spaces. See website for more details www.housefestival.org