The Brighton Festival has announced that the Brighton-based artist David Shrigley will serve as the guest director of its next edition, which will take place from May 5 to May 27, 2018. Shrigley is the first visual artist to lead the festival since its inaugural guest director Anish Kapoor in 2009.
“The great thing about Brighton Festival is that you see things that are really thrilling and wonderful that you’ve never heard of before,” Shrigley said. “What I’m looking forward to about the role of guest director is having the opportunity to not only see a lot of stuff and program stuff but also make some artwork myself and have it presented in the place where I live. I think it’s a really nice way to communicate with people, to meet people, and to invite people to come to Brighton.”
Highlights of the event will include Calixto Bieito’s new production The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety and The Voice Project’s Arms of Sleep, an overnight choral sleepover experience in which audiences encounter a dreamlike, immersive night of music, stories, sounds, and images. More details about the festival’s programming will be announced in February.