Landscape : Islands at Brighton Digital Festival 2016

An exploration in contemporary ceramics and sound

Landscape : Islands presents a unique international residency programme bringing together ceramic and sound artists to collaborate in the making of new work in response to ‘landscape’, in partnership with Phoenix Brighton.

The artists will be in residence at Phoenix Brighton and The Ceramic House throughout August and their joint works will be exhibited as part of Brighton Digital Festival at Phoenix Brighton, South Gallery from 1st-25th Sept. The project is curated by artist Kay Aplin, the founder of The Ceramic House and Joseph Young, co-founder of In Camera Gallery, a new space for contemporary sound and ceramics. Aplin & Young’s collaborative work ‘In A Shetland Landscape’ transfers from Shetland Museum in September, opening on Sept 2nd at In Camera accompanied by performances from sound artists Felicity Ford (AKA Knitsonik) and Cathy Lane.


A catalogue/artists book documenting the project and featuring critical essays by Paul Scott and Conall Gleeson will be published on September 1st, accompanied by a CD of ‘In A Shetland Landscape’, produced in collaboration with Portuguese netlabel Green Field Recordings.

In A Shetland Landscape is a collaborative installation inspired by the work of John Cage, titled after his famous composition ‘In A Landscape’. The exhibition explores the experience of being part of the landscape rather than simply observing it. The work takes the form of an immersive four channel sound installation of layered binaural field recordings, accompanied by a series of ceramic panels celebrating the “micro-flora” of the Shetland Isles, magnified to larger than life scale.

The award-winning Ceramic House (Best Open House, Artists Open Houses 2013) has been staging contemporary ceramics exhibitions for the past 7 years, showing work by internationally recognized artists such as Paul Scott, Sandy Brown, Priscilla Mouritzen and Malene Hartmann Rasmussen.


In addition, Aplin and Young, in collaboration with Medway-based digital media producers 51 Zero, will take a touring programme of selected works from the project to Rochester Museum and Dover Arts Development Project Space in late September / early October, featuring temporary exhibitions, film, artist talks and performances.

August 30th 6.30-8pm Spotlight Artist Talk @ Phoenix Brighton (free and open to the public)stones

September 1st Residency exhibition and catalogue launch @ Phoenix Brighton South Gallery 6-9pm, with talks and performances at 8pm

Residency exhibition continues at Phoenix Brighton from Wed-Sun 11-5pm until Sept. 25th

September 2nd 6-9pm Vernissage (Launch Event) for ‘In A Shetland Landscape’ at The Ceramic House with performances by Cathy Lane and Felicity Ford, AKA KnitsonikIn A Shetland Landscape’ is open by appointment only from 3rd-18th Sept.

September 24th 6-9pm Launch event, co-produced with 51 Zero, at Rochester Museum for a temporary exhibition of work produced during Landscape : Islands, plus sound performances from Joseph Young and Blanca Regina and film extracts from Rochester Mass by Margherita Gramegna

Rochester Museum exhibition continues from September 25th – October 6th

September 30th 3pm Public talk at University of Brighton introducing the project outcomes with curators Kay Aplin & Joseph Young

October 8th 6-9pm Special Event at Dover Arts Development Project Space, co-produced with 51 Zero, showcasing a temporary exhibition of ceramics and sound, performances and artist talks

Landscape : Islands has been made possible with the generous support of Arts Council England, Phoenix Brighton, Honnunarsj, Icelandic Art Center, Samband Islenskra Myndlistarmanna, Myndstef and Reyjavikurborg.

PV Landscape Islands September Email

Press and media enquiries to Joseph Young

Kay Aplin

07803 161313

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 Joseph Young       

07973 714589

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The Ceramic House & In Camera Gallery

75 Stanmer Villas Brighton BN1 7HN 

Phoenix Brighton

10-14 Waterloo Place Brighton BN2 9NB

51 Zero

In A Shetland Landscape project blog

Green Field Recordings