Brian Eno named artistic director for 2010 Brighton Festival

Musician Brian Eno will take the role of guest artistic director for next year’s Brighton Festival, working with Harrison, which is designing the festival’s branding.

The Brighton-based design group was appointed in October on the strength of its work on the city’s previous three festivals.

Harrison is currently working up concepts for a brand image, according to creative director Chris Harrison, who says, ‘There needs to be a nod towards Eno, but the branding also needs to be grounded in Brighton.’

For this year’s festival, the artistic director – artist Anish Kapoor – collaborated with Harrison on branding. Of next year, Harrison says, ‘We’re hoping Eno will have quite a bit of involvement. Hopefully we’ll get to meet him and show him the work as it develops.’

The brochure will launch in February before the branding rolls out across 48-sheet posters, bus shelter sites, press adverts, T-shirts and festival programmes.

Former Roxy Music keyboardist Eno is to curate a series of events across the arts festival, including his own soundscape works. One commissioned sound installation by Eno will be mounted in several locations around the city.

He will also display 77 Million Paintings, a continuously evolving ‘visual music’ image-scape.

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  • mr orange November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    ‘There needs to be a nod towards Eno, but the branding also needs to be grounded in Brighton.’

    I’m sorry, but what the hell does that mean?

    All I ask for, Mr Eno and friends, is can you create something left field, collectable, challenging, different, branding that reflects one Europe’s great arts festivals, please!!!

  • Chris Harrison November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Very kind of you to comment ‘Anonymous’. Could you explain what you mean by ‘left field’?

    Brighton Festival is one of Europe’s great arts festivals, which is why it can draw in people like Anish Kapoor and Brian Eno to guest curate.

    Representing and visually communicating the Festival is always a challenge. The sheer variety of events makes it very difficult to pick up on one genre in visual form. Brighton is a big part of the identity, and we always try to incorporate that in some way.

    Brighton Festival is many, many things. One of the rare occasions when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

    We’re very proud to be part of that.

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