call for artists: OPEN – Brighton Pride Exhibition

OPEN Pride exhibition will show work by international and local artists, collectives and organisation on any themes related to LGBTQ communities and experiences. Be bold, political, experimental and transgressive. Any media is accepted and 2D work (photography, print work, drawings) can be sent as a digital file and will be printed on A2 or A1 quality paper by us, free of charge. SEAS encourages the participation of artists from underrepresented minorities and artists from countries which still discriminate against LGBTQ people.

To apply click here:–lgbtq-exhibition-at-seas–bmecp-centre–call-for-artists/2418

Call for Artists’ – The Other House Exhibition at the BMECP Centre

The Other House exhibition – 5th to 27th May 2018

Call for Applicants

SEAS invites artists working in drawing, painting, digital arts, printing, sculpture, photography and installation to submit work for the SEAS  3rd exhibition – The Other House. The group exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) Centre in Brighton and Counterpoints Arts, the national charity supporting work on migration, based in London. The Other House will run from 4th to 27th May, at BMECP.

The Other House theme is open to artists’ interpretation but the priority will be given to socially and politically engaged work which support SEAS principles of collaboration, engagement with communities, diversity, the notion of art as a practice of transgression or dissensus, radical hospitality and sustainability.

Please download here the application form:


Practical Notes

Each artist will have 2×1 meters of wall or floor.

Films will be screened on rotation on 40’ TV screen.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an opening event and an evening of artists’ talks.

The exhibition will take place as part of Artists Open House from 1st May – 27th May 2018.

Deadline for submitting the work is the 17thth of April, the work needs to arrive at the venue by the 25th April.

The artists are responsible for taking down the work at the closing event on Sunday the 27th of May.

The submission process is free. Selected artists will be asked for a joining fee between £30 and £60 depending on the works’ locations. Please see details below.

Artists who can invigilate at the venue for one day will be paid £50 for the day, please state in your application the possible dates you might be available (see below).

The Entry Process

Please complete the entry form and insert in it a 200 word artist statement, the works’ details that will be used for labelling and one A4 page C.V. Please save it all as ONE pdf document + the Equality and diversity monitoring form (optional) and send it to with the subject line “SEAS’s Other House Submission”.


The selection for SEAS’s The Other House exhibition will take place between April 17th and 20th and all selected applicants will be contacted by email on April 21st.


The exhibition will take place in the Black and Ethnic Minority Community Partnership (BMECP) Centre, 2 minutes from Brighton train station.  The exhibition will be advertised in Brighton Artists Open House booklet and website, as well as on SEAS’s and Counterpoints Arts website and social media.


SEAS’s exhibition is open to UK and International artists and makers over the age of 18 working in any media.

All submitted works need to be insured by the artists. Artists can choose to take an insurance by becoming a A-N member (see here: or, for example via Hencilla Insurance Company


The entry process is free but selected participants will be asked to pay joining fee of £30 (for basement space) or £60 (ground floor space) + 30% commission from the sale of their works. The payment will cover administration, PR, invigilation and installation of the works. The payment will be made by PAYPAL.



A jury made by SEAS artist committee,  Counterpoints Arts and the BMECP centre will award an artist’s residency in central Brighton  covering an unsite bedroom and kitchen and a studio space for one week during 2018/2019.

Key Dates

  • Submission deadline: 5pm April 15th 2018
  • Successful artists informed by: April 21st 2018
  • Installation to take place during the weekend of 26th of April.
  • Private View: Saturday May 5th 2018
  • Exhibition dates: May 4th – 27th 2018.
  • Collection of exhibited work: Sunday May 27th


Please download here the application form:


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The Other House exhibition – 5th to 27th May 2018


There is an Iranian, a Syrian, a Palestinian and an Israeli… no it is not the start of a joke. These are some of the artists who are exhibiting in the cutting edge exhibition ‘The Other House’, curated by Counterpoints Arts , Platforma  and SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon, at the BMECP Centre, Brighton. The exhibition focuses on social and political art as well as participatory practices.

Photos from the exhibition by Jenni Lewin-Turner

The Other House exhibition depicts home as a difficult, strange, missed, threatening or dangerous place. Using photography, painting, collage and installation, the international group of twenty artists shed a harsh and revealing light on what is meant to be a sanctuary and the most comfortable place – home – and expose its precarious foundations.

The ‘houses’ in the exhibition are haunted by political, social, economic, gender and environmental issues that demolish any fantasy of a ‘house’ as a safe and comforting place. They show the ‘house’ as an ‘other’ space and as a system of processes in which people find themselves as strangers in their own home.

The exhibition includes installations, performance, photography and paintings.  It depicts among other stories the horrendous experiences of the Iranian painter and writer Nasrin Parvas in a women’s jail in Tehran that was turned into a museum that aims to warn citizens off any attempts at dissent. Heba Rezk, a young Syrian refugee has painted using collage techniques her parent’s house in Damascus and her current flat in Brighton while Russell Honeyman uses similar techniques to describe the aftermath of drone attacks. In a depiction of the brutal conditions of refugees that try to cross the Mediterranean Sea, Yasser Ameur has created a take on Géricault’s famous painting ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, and Joseph Dodd, in a striking sculpture, depicts the barriers refugees who escape from wars are facing in Europe. Another work that tackles the issue of migration and refugees is the transfixing multi-media installation “Empty Gestures” by Anna Sherbany which questions the control / ownership over water and its effects.

The theme of the un-homely runs through several of the exhibition’s works: Melanie Menard’s hunting photography series documents deserted houses in Ireland which their occupants had to leave due to political and economic issues. Closer to home, Carol Nicolaou has created a multi layered collage depicting the issue of homelessness vs. Brighton’s rising house market.

Tokpeou, who recently exhibited in museums in Poland and Germany, brings to the exhibition broken chairs turn into sacred objects, and Zoe Prichard through diffused and unfocused photography portrays a distorted perception of her home, in the early morning, maybe after a heavy night of drinking. The stretching of the perception of time and space can be seen in the beautiful installations of Messua Poulin Wolff, made through an extremely laborious process of repetitive drawing, in Ram Samocha’s delicate live drawings and sound performance, and in the minimalist installation by Jacob Talkowski.  Clare Buckle, in a series of screen prints, explores the muted facades of power stations and their seeming detachment from their local settings.

The issue of women in domestic and public places appears in several works. Estabrak al-Ansari’s mesmerising underwater photography series  “Omanis Under Water” is based on a series of conversations with Omani people on topics that cannot be discussed at home .  Julia Andrews-Clifford’s ongoing photography campaign protests against the overlooked contribution of women’s housework and child care while  Norma D Hunter’s installation is a witty comment on  the restrictions mother experience when they need to breastfeed in public spaces. In the punchy photography work ‘eye’, Tugba Tirpan takes a critical look at the female body and identity from the binary perspective of West and East. Women and children in arduous situations are also depicted in the photography series of child labour in quarries in India by the photographer Bharat Patel.

Issues of race, ethnicity and nationality are intrinsic to the space of the home and home-land. These issues are depicted in intimate ways in the tactile collage series by Josef Cabey that portrays the conditions of being a gay black man in the UK.

Phati Munguni transforms the gallery space with large batik works into a total environment in which the boundaries between African and European art blurs. A play of boundaries between inside and outside and a prickly comment on colonialism can be found in the installation works of Naroa Perez, ‘Touch of Nostalgia’ and the ‘New Union Flag Project’ by Gil Mualem-Doron, that recently completed a national tour including at the Tate Modern and currently at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.

The exhibition includes two artists’ and curators talks:  

Sunday, 13th May, 15:00. There is No Place Like Home – a women’s artists’ talk, including Nasrin Paraz who was jailed in a museum in Tehran and will launch an illustrated book about her experiences.  Chaired by Jenni Lewie Turner.

Sunday, 27th May, 15:00. Baklava & Strudel –  on Art & Diversity: A closing event of the exhibition with a panel of curators, consultants and artists.

Homelessness – Artists’ Talk

sammer falling webHomelessness – artists and artivists talk about issues of home, homelessness and socially engaged practices
SEAS Sat. 28th October 17:00
Part of Lates 2017 @MuseumsAtNight
2 Steine Gardens, Brighton
The event is free but the space is limited so registration on Eventbrite is highly recommended.

SEAS is hosting an artists’ talk by artists who usually work outside the studio setting through on-site research and action, in the streets, in jail and homeless shelters and with people. The works presented through photography, installations and street interventions tackles issues of lost, refugees and homelessness.
Participating artists:

Sarah Bennett: Sarah is an emerging artist and experienced facilitator who recently completed an MA at University of Brighton in Inclusive Arts Practice, a dynamic, radical and socially engaged practice that facilitates arts-based dialogue and collaboration between artists and marginalised groups. Sarah is a member of Justlife Artists Collective.
Sarah’s community based practice is focused on creating temporary spaces for meaningful encounters through artist led workshops & creative interventions. Instagram @otuarts

Bethany Hobbs: A graduate from Fine Art Photography at Brighton University, Bethany work centres on the fragility of life, with particular reference to traumatic events and theories such as post memory.
She will present her project 03.XII.1924 von Dienen Eltern – an uncompromising excavation of her family’s history and their struggle and relationship with the Holocaust and a journey to her family’s lost home in Vienna. Instatgram: @bhobbs_photo

Joanne Matthews: Joanne has project managed the launch of the Justlife Artist Collective, funded by Justlife, who have a shared studio space and work together to develop and enrich their artistic practices. Joanne also works as a creative producer and is a practicing artist.
Justlife works with adults in emergency and temporary accommodation to make their experience of housing vulnerability as short, safe and healthy as possible.

Gil Mualem-Doron (UK/Israel): Mualem-Doron is a socially engaged artist who works on issues of social exclusion, identity, social justice and the urban space. He is completing a Ph.D. in Architecture at Delft University. Recently he exhibited his work at the Tate Modern, People’s History Museum Manchester, Liverpool Museum and at Tel-Aviv Museum of Art Square. He works in various media from photography, collage to street interventions and large-scale installations. He will present the photography series No Man’s Land, and his most controversial project, yet, The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Stephen Mundy: Stephen got involved in art accidentally. Four years ago after having a mental health breakdown Stephen found himself in an institution. Whilst there, he started to study art, completing over twenty City & Guilds qualifications. He is now studying for a BA Painting at University of Brighton.
Stephen has an eclectic practice incorporating different influences using paintings and sculptures simultaneously. His practice is constantly developing, experimenting in a range of media. Stephen is also a member of Justlife Artists Collective and currently has an exhibition at Mange tout Cafe, Trafalgar St.

Somewhere, Over the Rainbow, AOH exibition

Part of Artists Open House Festival “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow” is not just pictures hanging on a living room wall… Straight from the Tate Modern, SEAS will exhibit the provocative installation “The New Union Flag” by Gil Mualem Doron and a proposal for a flag for Brighton, which will be handed to mayor Pete West at the opening. Alongside, a spaceship will incorporate hundreds of works by pupils from St Luke’s, St Mary’s, St John, and Balfour Primary Schools in Brighton. The Migrant English Project’s members will exhibit a series of collages on ceramics telling their stories from far and near. The photographer, Russell Watkins will exhibit a photo journey he took during his work with DFID UK at refugee camps in the Middle  East, and the photographer Alice Mutasa will exhibit portraits of Touareg refugees from Timbuktu.  Outside the Box, recently exhibited at the Tate Modern, artist Laura Sorvala will exhibit a series of mesmerizing drawings of acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday life. Louise Purbrick (University of Brighton) and Elaine Ortiz (Hummingbird Project) will display the project! Make it Happen!: Homes for Refugees. Works for sale, artists’ talks & workshops. The exhibition is supported by Sanctuary on Sea and Platforma – arts and refugee network.

Official Opening with Brighton’s Mayor Pete West on the 13/
05 at 12:00.

Opening days – May 6 and 7 I May 13 and 14 I May 20 and 21, May 27 and 28.

(Schools & Group visits & art collectors visits can be arranged for weekdays by appointment)

Opening times: 11.00 – 16.00artist open house logo

SEAS’s exhibiting artist Estabrak Al-Ansari was selected as DWMA Curators’ Choice Prize for the Danny Wilson Memorial Award in 2016 Brighton Photo Fringe.

You can find out more about Estabrak’s work also in this article featured on Photoworks Showcase, please see here



Photography as Social Practice – Brighton Photo Fringe, October 2017

Exhibition of radical photography at SEAS – Socially Engaged Art Salon
Part of Brighton Photo Fringe.
Opening October 1st 16:00-18:00
Talks and workshops October 15th 16:00-18:00
Opens throughout October every Monday, Friday, Saturday 12:00-18:00

Socially engaging photography exhibit juxtaposing identity with global conflicts and their impact on communities. New photographic practices from the UK, Europe & the Middle East will shed light on overlooked realities – from LGBT rights, the Palestinian struggle to refugee crisis.

Some of the works in the exhibition where exhibited before at the Turner Contemporary, Margate, the Royal Academy, London, and in international newspapers and magazines.

The exhibition includes a new series of photographs by the celebrated Israeli-Palestinian photography collective ActiveStills and the photo journalist Michaela Whitton that are used as a mock tourist campaign by the Israeli Tourism Ministry. While the series invite people to visit Israel the photos in the posters and postcards shows the evils of the occupation and the Palestinians’ struggle for independence. The postcards will be distributed through the festival to visitors and will be sent as a Jewish Happy New Year greeting cards to members of the Parliament.

Hummingbird Collective will show “Be In Their Shoes” – a photography project documenting life in the refugee camps near Calais and Dunkirk in northern France. The photographer Jeta B is a Hummingbird volunteer herself and has been documenting our work since October 2015. The series reveals not only the horrendous conditions in these camp but also it is a commentary on the complexities and ethical issues of documenting the everyday life of refugees.

Estabrak Al-Ansari, an Iraqi descent former refugee, based in Oman and the UK will exhibit large scale works from her project ‘Omanis Under Water’ which was exhibited the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Using water as a representation of the environment and current societal choices of local norms, Estabrak examines underlying discourses that constitute Oman’s society, through a lens ignored by many. The use of Omani’s placed in water reveal parts of Omani’s society that uniformed clothing were always made to hide.
Gil Mualem Doron, who specialized in socially engaged art practices, will exhibit a series of photographs from 21 cities around the world documenting via image and short narratives the ways in which marginalized communities inhabit and transforms urban and semi-urban spaces. Mualem-Doron, presented his work at the National Gallery, London, The Turner Contemporary, Margate, The Children and Sport Museum in Colon, and in several books and art magazines.

On the 15th of October between 16:00-18:00 the participant artists will give short illustrated talks about their works, and present short films.
The exhibition will include two workshops – one by Sinna1 the graffiti artist who will show how to transform photographs into a centile graffiti. The other workshop will be an opportunity to take part in the project the New Union Flag – a proposal to change the Union Jack into a more inclusive and historically accurate representation of Great Britain. The project has been exhibited this summer at the Turner Contemporary and attracted hundreds of participants the past two years.


A part of Brighton Artist Open Houses, a new space for socially engaged art and an artist residency is going to be launched a minute away from Brighton Dome – all in the small cottage of the artivist Gil Mualem Doron, who moved recently from Brixton, London to Brighton.

Displacement – the first SEAS exhibition will be dedicated to issues of refugees, homelessness, Palestine and social justice. The exhibition will include prints, drawings, paintings, photography, agitprops, installations and short films, workshops and talks. Most of the works in the exhibition are for sale and some of the income will go to establishing an artist residency in SEAS.

Participating Artists: Bern O’Donoghue, Deborah Haines, Eitan Bronstein (De-Colonizer) Estabrak Al-Ansari, Gabriela Schutz,Gil Mualem Doron, Heba Rezk,Hong Dam, Manal Deep, Zita Holbourne and others.


Click on the link for the Latest T.V. interview with Gil Mualem Doron:

The Latest T.V. Interview about SEAS with Gil Mualem Doron