|Link to October - December 2008 Programme
Link to February - June 2009 Programme
||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
||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 – Station 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, 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.
||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
- A series of seminars and workshops for professional artists
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, 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, 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 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
||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
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.
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, 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, 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, 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.