The Aldrich Collection

Initiated in 1995 by Michael and Sandy Aldrich, the Aldrich Collection  comprises about 300 works of contemporary visual art. The vast majority of these have been produced by students and tutors working in the Arts at the University of Brighton,  as well as its distinguished institutional precursors in art and  design education which go back over 140 years. Pictures and artefacts in numerous media are held within the collection with the aim that they should be accessed by the wider community.

Walter Bailey bn. 1960, ‘Sculpture’, green oak, 214cm x 61cm

Important areas of the collection include works by John Vernon Lord, George Hardie, Brendan Neiland, Alan Davie, Quentin Blake, Kenneth McKendry and Mark Power.

Please do browse the Aldrich Collection here.

During the national lockdown the The Michael Aldrich Foundation ran the “Image of the Week” school project with JONK, releasing one image a week from the Aldrich Collection.

Portrait of Michael Aldrich by Kenneth McKendry, Aldrich Collection, University of Brighton

Michael Aldrich and his family have had a strong supportive relationship with the University of Brighton since sponsoring student employees for electronics engineering and computing degrees in 1977. Michael became a member of the Governing Body in 1982 and is the Founding Chairman (1988-1998) of the University of Brighton.

In 1996 the University of Brighton dedicated the new Moulscomb Library to Michael Aldrich. In June 2002 the final stage of the Aldrich Gardens at Moulscomb was opened. In July 2002 Michael Aldrich received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University and in 2008 agreed to donate the Michael Aldrich Archive to the Aldrich Library.

Loss & Transience – Online Events 19-27 March 2021

Loss & Transience

An exhibition of moving image artworks and documentary films presented by VisionMix and co curated by Dr. Lucía Imaz King (Lecturer in Moving Image, University of Brighton)

Image credit: Gigi Scaria, Face to Face (2010) Digital print, courtesy of the artist

Curators’ Note

The Exhibition brings a selection of works in documentary film and artists’ video by ten contemporary artists/filmmakers living and working in India today, including artists of Indian heritage based internationally.

The films are linked by their protagonists’ state of transience at key moments within the films providing numerous insights into how day-to-day realities are being catalysed to affect change, but also to reflect on present political and environmental concerns.

Collectively the films are examples of rendering new worlds through improvisation which cannot exist ‘in the real world’; an approach that is re-constructive and playful; allowing for adaptation to the challenges of the environment whilst critically questioning our role within it.


Online Events

Webinar hosted by Hong-gah Museum  – 27 March  7-9 pm Taiwan time, 4.30-6.30pm IST, 11am-1pm GMT

Aired on Hong-gah Museum’s FB page. Log on via this link at the above time.

Introduction to the exhibition, Loss & Transience, with Curators, Zoe Yeh, Lucía Imaz King & Rashmi Sawhney, followed by a talk between filmmaker Avijit Mukul Kishore and visual artist, Nilima Sheikh on their collaboration for the film, Garden of Forgotten Snow, about the practice of Nilima Sheikh. Guest artist: Kuei-Pi Lee.


Video Screenings hosted by videoclub, UK – 19-27 March 2021 (24 hours per day)

Selected films/video artworks from the exhibition, accessible on a rolling programme:

Ranbir Singh Kaleka: Man with Cockerel, 2004 (6 mins) & Forest, 2007 (16 mins)

Avijit Mukul Kishore: The Garden of Forgotten Snow, 2017 (30 mins)

Mochu: Wake, 2008 (15 mins)

Ranu Mukherjee: Home and the World, 2015 (5 mins)

Gigi Scaria: No Parallels, 2010 (6 mins) & Political Realism, 2009 (3 mins) 

Join link for online screening programme:


Webinar hosted by videoclub – 20 March 11am-1pm GMT, 7-9 pm Taiwan time, 4.30-6.30pm IST

Introduction to the exhibition, Loss & Transience by Curators, Lucía Imaz King, Rashmi Sawhney and Jamie Wyld (videoclub) followed by an artist’s talk by Gigi Scaria with public interaction.

Join link for Webinar:


Hong-gah Museum 

Taipei, Taiwan – 12 March – 2 May 2021 – Visiting hours: 10:30-17:30 Taiwan time, Tues to Sun

Exhibition in the Video Hall, Installations and screenings of works by artists/filmmakers:

Ranbir Singh Kaleka, Gigi Scaria, Mochu, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Ranu Mukherjee, Ayisha Abraham, Abhinava Bhattacharyya, Ambarien Alqadar, Madhusree Dutta & Devshree Nath

Curators: Lucía Imaz King, Rashmi Sawhney

Film screening at Hong-gah Museum Video Hall: 10,17 and 24 April, 2.30-4.30pm

Madhusree DuttaSeven Islands and a Metro (180:00)

Catalogue for the physical and online exhibition events:


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Online throughout March and April – ART/DATA/HEALTH Seminars: Communicating public health data creatively during the pandemic

ART/DATA/HEALTH Seminars: Communicating public health data creatively during the pandemic

Organised by the ART/DATA/HEALTH project (University of Brighton, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council), this seminar series explores how health data have been communicated during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on creative and artistic representations of data.

Join Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (Creative Futures Academic lead and project lead for ART/DATA/HEALTH) in this exciting free online seminar series, where International  speakers explore how health data have been communicated during the COVID-19 Pandemic, focusing On Creative And Artistic Representations Of Quantitative Data.

The series includes perspectives and approaches to data from bioart, community art, participatory dance, media art, film and more traditional data vi, such as infographics, which were explored during the two years of the ART/DATA/HEALTH Project.


30/03 Anna Dumitriu. “Creating Meaning From Healthcare Data Through Art”.  BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

01/04 Prof Rahul Bhargava Northeastern University “”Get Off The Screen!!! Creative Approaches To Embodying Data In The Real World”BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

09/04 Dr Younghui Kim, Queensland University Of Technology. “Data Art: Exploring Data As Artistic Material And Medium”. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.

12/04 Prof Sally Wyatt, Maastricht University. “Touching Data: Touch Me With Your Naked Hand Or Touch Me With Your Glove”.

DATE TBC Patel, Shreepali (StoryLab Project, Anglia Ruskin University). “Covid Through The Creative Lens”.

20/04 Launch Of ART/DATA/HEALTH Short Film “Human, Planet, Weaker, Other”, Directed By Dr Aristea Fotopoulou, Animation By Caroline Beavon, Filming By Hydrocracker.

Update – More Culture Less Medicine Conference 2020

Creative Futures are delighted to announce that the video is now available online from the Brighton & Hove City Council Arts, Health and Wellbeing Group More Culture Less Medicine Conference 2020 Conference.

The excellent event brought together a wide spectrum of representatives from Arts, Health and Social Care to look at some of the key developments within the sector and to explore how we establish Brighton and Hove as a Centre of Excellence for Arts, Health & Wellbeing. Duncan Bullen (Director of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at the University of Brighton) and Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (Creative Futures Academic lead and project lead for ART/DATA/HEALTH) both presented.