Artist Miriam Austin is one of the artists contributing her response to the spaces within the Regency Townhouse. © the artist
A site-specific installation and sculpture is being shown at Brighton’s Regency Townhouse until August 12 2007.
Artists Jo Lathwood, Alice Cunningham and Miriam Austin, from artist's collective protoPLAY, have also responded to the townhouse, creating what is described as a ‘third space’ in the 1820s terrace house, which is currently being restored to its original layout and decorative style.
All the artworks are displayed in the Regency Townhouse’s basement space, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built more than 170 years ago.
Jo Lathwood creates structures from wood and cardboard. © the artist
This ‘third space’ focuses not on the building’s past or its future, but its present, changing state as it undergoes its transformation - with the artist’s work attempting to get visitors to engage with the property as it is now.
“The third space we are attempting to locate, or at least suggest the existence of, is that between the opposites and extremes that make up so much of our thinking about the world,” said exhibition curator Polly Carter.
“The third space attempts to look beyond the many layers of past and the committed future of this semi-restored building and take a look at how the building is experienced now, in its current state.”