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Past Events
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Club Class Clubs Class - FrenchMottershead, MAY 2007
Club Class is a performance experience that invites participants to explore the unwritten rules that govern conduct in social life. Co –produced by The Basement.

Tate Modern, London – 7 October 2006
Tate Liverpool – 11 November 2006
ICA, London – 24 February 2007
Brighton – 5 May 2007

"For once it is art that actually achieves the popular ideal of raising your awareness of daily life" – Art Monthly

NON GRATA Visions of Divison Visions of Division – VideoClub and Non Grata, DEC 2006
Video screenings and performance platform for visiting arts group from Estonia and supported artists group protoPLAY.

The Other Is You The Other Is YouStation House Opera, OCT/NOV 2007
2007Co-production with Arts Admin and the Gardner Arts Centre.  A play in Europe, Germany, The Netherlands, England. Nine people from across the continent perform together in one single production. Three audiences, one in each city, experience the performance simultaneously, performed at the same moment across Europe. Projected live from each city onto three screens above the actors, a narrative unfolds, immediate, unpredictable and alive.

Rules and Regs Rules and Regs, JULY 2004
Rules and Regs is a practice-led development programme supporting Live Artists to create new work in response to rules that challenge habits and stimulate creativity. Rules and Regs partners with established arts organisations to produce professional development events for artists working in Live Art. BFAP co-produced and supported the first Rules + Regs platform supporting 8 Live Artists in the creation of new work.



DIY4 DIY 4 - Professional development projects BY artists
FOR artists across the UK 2007

DIY 4:2007 built on the success of previous DIY initiatives and offered artists from around England working in Live Art the chance to conceive and run professional development projects for other artists. The DIY 4 projects took many forms from camping trips and walking tours, to workshops and group meetings. And between them covered areas of exploration from humour, through analysis of 'day jobs' to survival.

For the first time DIY 4 took place across the UK and was a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency, artsadmin, and New Work Network, and is being developed with Nuffield Theatre/LANWest, New Work Yorkshire, Fierce Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, The Basement Arts Production, South East, and Dance4. Fifteen projects were held between May and August 2007.

DIY 4 is part of Joining the Dots, a Live Art Development Agency initiative supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

  Details of the projects can be seen in the report:

Head to Head

Head to Head

Head to Head - A series of seminars and workshops for professional artists and performers.

Presented by The Basement and sam (Sussex Arts Marketing) as part of Brighton and Hove Arts Commission’s making a difference programme. A series of professional workshops / seminars, which gave emergent artists an exclusive opportunity to go Head To Head with some of the most influential and innovative performers of our time; providing a unique insight into how they manage their professional development; how their career has evolved and how key decisions have helped shape that journey. How they built the necessary business skills to support their artistic programme. How they find new markets, commissions and projects to develop their work and how they manage all aspects of their work from managing finance to the future.

  Head to Head - Live Art programme, SEPT 2006
Bespoke training programme of workshops and seminars for Practitioners. Lead artists Geraldine Pilgrim, Gob Squad, Stacy Makishi and Kira O’Reily.

  Head to Head – PerformanceProgramme, OCTOBER 2005
Bespoke training programme of workshops and seminars for Practitioners. Lead artists Nigel Charnock, Phelim McDermott, Rose English and Steven Hoggett.



C90 Daniel Kitson C90 - Daniel Kitson, With Brighton Festival, MAY 2007 Following its sell-out success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006 Daniel Kitson presents his triumphant tale of quiet lives and small kindnesses, reconceived specially for Brighton Festival and performed in our intimate, site-specific underground basement.
  "'A bona fide triumph, delivered by an eccentric one-off" – Daily Telegraph

Cinecity CINECITY, NOV 2004, 2005, 2006
The Basement has been  partner of Brighton’s annual film festival for three years, developing exhibitions and hosting screenings in a specially commissioned cinema at The Basement.
  "'A bona fide triumph, delivered by an eccentric one-off" – Daily Telegraph



Shall We Dance Shall We Dance and Jubilee Square Tea Dance, JULY 2006

Shall We Dance is a site specific show for bandstands that celebrates the art of partner dancing from the1920’s to the 1950’s, based on the memories and stories collated from the older community. A cast of ten performers dance the Charleston, waltz, tango, foxtrot and jive accompanied by a lively soundtrack and narrative across  four decades.

The Basement supported company Ragroof Theatre performed Shall We Dance as part of Celebrating Age in Brighton and Hove. The Basement supported the development of the piece with rehearsal, and development space, admin resources, fundraising, production advice and marketing.

To mark the Celebrating Age / Street Elders celebrations, The Basement worked as co-producer with Ragroof Theatre to hold an outdoor tea dance at Brighton’s Jubilee Square. Audiences of 1500 of all ages gathered to enjoy partner-dancing workshops to the sound of twelve piece jump jive band the Fat 45.

Deconstruction/Reconstruction Deconstruction/ Reconstruction – ProtoPLAY, JUNE 2006
The Basement worked with supported artists protoPLAY to develop this Live Art event in which fifteen artists lived, worked, slept and made new work in the Gallery for five days. Audiences of 1000 witnessed new performances unfold as the artists made new works from each others existing art works through deconstruction and reconstruction.

The Friendship Feast logo The Friendship Feast
Co production with Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton’s City College. BAPSE devised and delivered a healthy eating event for 120 local children from four local schools. Catering students taught younger children simple recipes, food hygiene and kitchen safety. As the finale to the event all the children shared a feast to celebrate friendship and enjoy the food they had made.

Say Aah Say Aah
Arts and Health conference delivered in partnership with BHCC attended by 150 delegates. The Basement produced and managed this event, highlights of the day included an six course organic feast provided by Meringue Suitcase and performances by local artists which related to Arts and Health.



Sub Screen Sonic Sub Screen Sonic, MAY 2006

Inspired by a visit to SXSW, Austin, Texas and its gig poster expo Flatstock – The Basement  brought together over 35 national and international artists to transform The Basement into a visual feast of contemporary screen printed, letter-pressed and lithographed gig posters.

Never content to stay within the bounds of exhibition – SubScreenSonic was a collection of events designed to encourage artists, the public and the music industry alike to reignite the passion that existed in the 60s and 70s for gig posters and kick start the UK scene here and now, with artists masterclasses, open access workshops and a city wide poster hunt. Building on the reputation of our previous exhibitions: Pop! in 2004, and Erotica in 2005 The Basement is continually committed to supporting and developing opportunities for professional arts practitioners. Audiences of 8000 visited this exhibition.

Erotica Exhibition Erotica, MAY 2005

BAPSE brought together a host of 37 local, national and international artists to create a stimulating show, which explored the controversial subject of contemporary erotic art.

This exhibition investigated erotica from all perspectives and included an assortment of arousing art forms. We combined the very best of erotic art showcasing both new and unusual work as well as the time-honoured notions of about erotic art, while avoiding the clichés of pornography.
Like our previous Pop! exhibition held in May 2004, Erotica came about to give exposure to artists – combining local up-and-coming talent with national and international established artists and allowing them to exhibit on an equal platform. Audiences of 5000 visited the exhibition.

POP exhibition POP exhibition, MAY 2004

This exhibition marked The Basement's move into the basement at the Argus Lofts and established The Basement as innovative creative producers, attracting audiences of over 7000. POP displayed the work of some of the finest cutting-edge urban artists in the country.  Celebrated artists included Banksy, the most infamous graffiti artist working in Britain today who has since gathered international acclaim, Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz animator and artist behind comic Tank Girl, James Cauty former KLF frontman and controversial artist and Faile, a New York based collective, famed for delicate, sensitive graffiti exhibited alongside many other well-known local artists such as acclaimed young Brighton artist Anthony Micaleff and Simon Dixon, a Brighton artist known for his iconic pop art images, alongside emerging new talent.
This set a precedent for future productions of showcasing new and established artists work simultaneously, to bring new opportunities and audiences to the artists involved. All the exhibiting artists work was related to the music industry, coupled with an anarchic edge which perfectly compliments the edgy underground feel of The Basement.

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