Free Admission

Brighton CCA

A new centre for
contemporary arts at the
University of Brighton

This event is part of Dorset Place

Image courtesy Livio Casanova.

This project takes gossip as a starting point, and builds upon an existing series of embroidered textiles through collaborative research and new work including fiction and furnishings. 

The research includes sources from writers such as Silvia Federicci – specifically Witches, Witch-hunting and Women – popular culture and stories of gossip in the context of Brighton through the legacy of Prince Regent and the nearby Bloomsbury Group of Charleston House. This research expands upon the Gossip Characters within Livio’s series – Juicy, Thrilling, Malicious, Illicit, Boring, Idle, Trivial – to engage with gossip historically and socially.

Gossip Talks at Brighton CCA Dorset Place invites visitors to sit on the Gossip Bench, riffing on a piece of furniture also known as a telephone table from the late 1800s. Whilst sitting on the bench, the visitor will be invited to read the latest edition of Gossip Talks. 


Front Room Film Club feat. Crossing The Dunes aka Gossip by Clara Saito and Livio Casanova
Thursday 21 October, 6pm, online
Available to watch for 24 hours and sent in the form of a bundle
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Reading Group
A selection of essays on gossip
Tuesday 26 October, 7.30pm, online via zoom
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Livio Casanova (*1989/CH) is an artist working with and on textile. Recent exhibitions include 8. Salon (Hamburg), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart), Institute For Provocation (Beijing), Yellow Brick (Athens) and Kunsthalle Bern (Bern), among others. Livio is part of the Artist-Run Space Milieu (Bern).

This project is supported by Kultur Stadt Bern. 

This is project #4 of Dorset Place x 11 collaborations – a new series of projects and work responding to the university as a site for experimentation and learning. Admission is free and open to all.

Dorset Place is Brighton CCA’s project space and hosts a series of short projects and exhibitions by emerging artists, organisations, curators and students. With a fast changing programme, the space is an exciting platform for experimentation, collaboration and engagement with new ideas and voices. Dorset Place allows us to be responsive, initiating and supporting projects which stand alone or connect to our wider programme. The space is offered free of charge with curatorial, marketing and limited technical support.

6 Dorset Place
Brighton BN2 1ST

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