A unique archive of photographs of Hollywood stars from the 1940s/50s/60s, many of which have never been seen before, will be going on show in Brighton in May as part of the Artist Open Houses festival.
The exhibition will pull images from a wide range of negatives that include images of Gary Cooper, President Harry Truman, Audrey Hepburn, Dirk Bogarde and Peter Sellers. Alongside the celebrity images are many others, which give fascinating social and historical record of the period – including the Queen’s rat-catcher and Britain’s first female chimney sweep.
The archive belongs to Brighton based photographer George Douglas, who worked for many years at Picture Post and Life magazine amongst other publications. George died in 2010, leaving an enormous and diverse archive to his good friend and fellow Brighton based photographer Roger Bamber. Bamber discovered thousands of negatives in a dilapidated filing cabinet when he inherited George’s house in Silwood Road. George had bought the house back in 1964 and though he spent much time in California, he still spent his summers in Brighton and retired to live in the house full time in 2007 until his death in 2010. 2014 marks the 50th consecutive year that Silwood Road has been lived in by a photographer.
Now a third Brighton photographer, Nigel Swallow, is setting up studio in the house and will be exploring the archive, reprinting many of its images and exhibiting them to the public for the first time as part of the Brighton Artist Open House festival.
George Douglas Open House, 14 Silwood Road, Brighton BN1 2LF Open weekends in May, 2014.
The work of fifteen internationally renowned ceramicists will be on display at one of the most unique houses in Brighton during Artist Open Houses 2014.
The 2014 Artist Open Houses festival will take place in Brighton, Hove and the surrounding area over the four weekends of May. One of highlights of the festival this year will be an exhibition of Danish Contemporary Ceramics at The Ceramic House, featuring fifteen acclaimed ceramicists as well as a new installation from British architectural ceramicist J Kay Aplin.
The Danish Contemporary Ceramics show will be the first themed exhibition at The Ceramic House and will feature a cross-spectrum of art forms – sculpture, installation, tableware and wall pieces – creating a significant British exhibition of Danish Contemporary Ceramics.
Ceramicists participating in the exhibition include Karen Harsbo, who recently exhibited at the acclaimed Topographies of the Obsolete at Spode Works, British Ceramics Biennial 2013, Royal College of Art graduate Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, whose beautiful surrealist work was shortlisted for the British Ceramics Biennial Award 2013 and Christin Johansson, currently in receipt of a three year development grant from the Danish Arts Council and developing the first her first piece of work specially for the show at The Ceramic House. Uniquely Johansoon works with performance and ceramics and is devising a site-specific performance installation for the basement in The Ceramic House, to be performed on the opening night.
In what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the Museums at Night festival, the RAF Museum in North London will provide a fitting and atmospheric backdrop for the band as they perform their debut release – The War Room EP – in its entirety. Granted unique access to propaganda films from WWII-era Britain by the BFI, the band perform in front of breathtaking visuals to a soundtrack of atmospheric synths, pounding drums, Krautrock guitars and poignant piano – beaming the past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projections.
In addition to Public Service Broadcasting’s set you can expect a night of 40s, 50s and 60s themed entertainment: the chance to take part in a mission to knit a life sized plane in a recreation 1940s living room, whilst being serenaded by a live cabaret singer; a 50s and 60s Silent Disco, and traditional games of giant snakes and ladders – all taking place within the shadow of an RAF Lancaster Bomber. Tickets go on sale 10th February, priced £28 plus booking fee, and will be available at https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/tickets