‘diep~haven’ is a cross-channel festival of visual art which takes place annually in East Sussex, UK and Normandy, France, rooted in the towns of Newhaven and Dieppe. 2018 promises to be the festival’s widest ranging programme to date and the will increase the festival’s geographic reach with artist residencies, exhibitions, engagement projects and participatory events taking place from Brighton to Rye in East Sussex, and from Dieppe to Yvetot in Normandy.
Residencies plus a public talks and events begin in February 2018 and a full summer 2018 festival programme will be announced in the new year. Titled Terra Firma, this edition of diep~haven takes the relationship between the human and the landscape as its starting point: discarding any assumptions of the earth as neutral ground. The festival will explore the tensions between human designs and the autonomous forms of intelligence that reside in the natural and, more specifically, botanic world.
The ‘diep~haven’ programme annually begins with a series of artist residencies in both countries and emerging and established practitioners are invited to respond to a central theme, in media ranging from photography and film to site-specific installation, sculpture and performance. For Terra Firma, the ten residencies are rooted in conversations of nature versus culture, and will take place in rural, agricultural and urban gardens.
In East Sussex, the residencies will comprise Gabriela Albergaria at National Trust property, Sheffield Park, an informal landscape garden first laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown; and Ève Chabanon in residence between the Growing Together Community Garden in Newhaven and Whitehawk Community Food Project in Brighton, in partnership with O N C A gallery. Mentored by Brighton Photo Fringe, Matthew Beach will be in residence at Charleston House and Garden, former home of the Bloomsbury Group.
Across the Channel, Azadeh Fatehrad will be in residence at the only Lutyens house in France, Bois des Moutiers, whose garden is the work of Victorian artist and gardener Gertrude Jekyll. Meanwhile, a residency by John Newling and Aurelie Sement will take place across two organic linen farms in Normandy, in partnership with Galérie Duchamp. At Château de Bosmelet, a 10-acre park first set out 300 years ago by the head gardener of Château de Versailles, and lined with the longest avenue of linden trees in Europe, performance artists Essi Kausalainen, Sarah Duffy and Freya Gabie will develop works ahead of a weekend of public performance, poetry and culinary events.
Each of the ten residencies will culminate in a new commission which will be exhibited as part of the summer festival programme in Dieppe, Newhaven, Yvetot, Brighton and beyond, with further details to be announced in spring 2018.
The 2018 festival is curated by Alice Mallet, Rosie Hermon and Chloe Hodge.