Brighton Festival has announced that the 2018 Guest Director will be Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley. In 2013, David was nominated for the Turner Prize for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery and in September 2016 his piece Really Good, a 7metre-high elongated bronze sculpture of a thumbs-up, was unveiled as the latest work to be displayed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth.
The 2018 Festival will run from 5-27 May.
“The great thing about Brighton Festival is that you see things that are really thrilling and wonderful that you've never heard of before,” said David. “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 programme 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.”
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Festival says: “Like Brighton Festival, David Shrigley's work is for everyone. Both powerful and funny, his work manages to navigate ‘high'and ‘low' art and speak to an incredibly wide audience. Alongside his own artwork, he has also joined in championing the power of the arts to help health and wellbeing. We are thrilled that David is bringing his distinctive take to the Festival and the city he has now made his home. We look forward to a programme that we hope will entertain and inspire.”
David Shrigley is the first visual artist to take on the role of Guest Director since Anish Kapoor in 2009. Other previous Guest Directors include Kate Tempest (2017), Laurie Anderson, Ali Smith (2015) and musician Brian Eno (2010).
The full programme will be announced on Thursday 15 February.