boti’s pick of the week: cities and stories

There’s plenty to do this week to celebrate love, whether you’re a fan of a traditional Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s and Palentine’s are more up your street. But what if none of that is quite what you’re looking for? Well, we’ve found a very different kind of love story for you. Artists Judith Ricketts and Amy Zamarripa Solis are heading to ONCA this Thursday 14th February for a talk entitled Cities & Stories where they’ll discuss their love for cities as a physical container for memory and as immaterial locations of data. We told you it would be different. They’ll be focusing on Austin, NYC, Brighton (of course) and beyond as they share the stories and data they find and use to make their incredible work.

This Thursday’s talk is just one of the events happening during Constructed Geographies, a new visual arts exhibition featuring the work of seven local artists (including Judith and Amy) who have created work in response to Sussex’s diverse heritage and population. This will be well worth a view for any local, as you’ll have the chance to see stories from a range of communities within our beautiful county portrayed through paint, photography, collage, glasswork, textiles, video and installation.

After Thursday’s talk, there’ll be a group chat where you can get involved and share your thoughts on topics such as gentrification and changes in cities like Brighton. Or just hear what other people have to say, of course. There will be readings from the No Place Like Home workshops (which explore the loss of childhood homes), too, and a bar serving drinks by donation. Cheers!

Thursday 14th February, 5.00pm – 6.00pm; £5/ £3 concession, pay on the door by cash or card. Exhibition runs 13th – 17th February
14 St George’s Place, Brighton BN1 4GB