Our annual Community Takeover exhibition is back this autumn. Once again our gallery is transformed into a dedicated space for our community projects to be celebrated and all our visitors to contribute to an evolving exhibition. Our theme this time is ‘stories’ as we look back at recent narratives and invite you to share your stories with us.

View artwork produced by residents from East Brighton, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean and Hangleton & Knoll during the Our Place project as part of Brighton Festival in May this year, and learn more about this ground-breaking community initiative. Phoenix studio artists Ottilie Hainsworth and Jenny Staff were Our Place artists in residence and worked with local people in these areas to come up with creative responses to the Brighton Festival 2021 theme of ‘care’. Watch 2 Metre Conversations, a series of short films commissioned by Phoenix Art Space, the University of Brighton’s Centre for Art and Wellbeing and supported by Brighton and Hove City Council. Created by artist Katy Beinart and filmmaker John Edwards and shot during the initial lockdown period in 2020, these moving and powerful conversations with local people from a wide range of backgrounds show the diversity of experience during the pandemic.

Come along and tell us your stories through activities such as window drawings, adding to our forest of books and creating fabric decorations for our willow enclosure. Everyone is invited to take part in one of our artist-led workshops with Ottilie Hainsworth and Jenny Staff,  or visit the exhibition as it unfolds. Find out more about our community programme.

Join us at the exhibition preview on Friday 3 September, 15.00 – 19.00. Find out more.

Visit the Green Room from 22 September – 3 October for Acts of Transfer, a collaboration between artist Katy Beinart and writer Lizzie Lloyd.

Artist-led workshops for everyone aged 6yrs+
Come along, join in and be part of our community.

Make Fabric Decorations with Jenny Staff

Saturday 4 September, 11am to 1pm
Free, drop-in
Using our story starters and your imagination, create flora and fauna inspired decorations from recycled fabric and add them to our willow circle.
Scrapbooking with Ottilie Hainsworth
Saturday 11 September, 11am to 1pm
Free, drop-in
Draw, write and collage pages of a fantastical collaborative scrapbook, to be assembled and added to our forest of books.
Bug Boxes with Jenny Staff
Saturday 18 September, 11am to 1pm
Free, drop-in
Create your own mini bug from recycled materials and build a tiny home for them. Find a place to leave your bug in our willow circle.
Impossible Journeys with Ottilie Hainsworth
Saturday 2 October, 11am to 1pm
Free, no need to book. Please arrive at the start of the session.
Make a map of a journey; real, imagined or both. Learn how to fold and prepare your paper, then draw, write and chart the story of your impossible journey.


Visiting the galleries

From 4 September – 3 October, the galleries at Phoenix Art Space will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00. You do not need to pre-book to visit, but the number of people in the gallery will be limited which may result in some queuing during busier periods. See here for details on what Covid-19 health and safety measure remain in place.

  • Please socially-distance throughout Phoenix Art Space.
  • Please wear a face covering in the galleries and corridors.
  • Please sanitize your hands on arrival.
  • Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell.