Internationally celebrated Turner Prize winning artist Anish Kapoor is Guest Artistic Director for the 43rd Brighton Festival.

Anish Kapoor’s much admired C-Curve, Sky Mirror, Blood Relations created with Salman Rushdie, and 1000 Names, will be brought to Brighton and serve as starting points for the whole programme. His vision and ideas have influenced the mixed arts programme and drawn it together in some previously unexplored ways, expanding the Festival’s horizons to include his own sculptural work alongside the other artforms.

During Brighton Festival 2-24 May 2009 works by Anish Kapoor will appear at various sites across Brighton;

Blood Relations and 1000 Names 1979-80 at Fabrica Gallery

Dismemberment of Jeanne D'Arc at The Old Municipal Market, Circus St.

Sky Mirror at the Pavilion Gardens.

C-Curve at the Chattri, South Downs near Patcham.

Imagined Monochrome (Massage) at The Basement

Brighton Festival has a strong reputation as a leading commissioning and producing arts festival and Kapoor will create two major new commissions:

Dismemberment of Jeanne D’Arc inspired by the French martyr, transforming Brighton’s Old Municipal Market, this work also becomes the setting for performances of the Rossini cantata Giovanna D’Arco (orchestrated by Sciarrino) sung by Anna Grevelius.

Imagined Monochrome (Massage) is an intimate experiential piece exploring perception of colour, in Brighton’s underground venue, The Basement. Participants, one at a time, receive a head and shoulder massage in a specially created space and share their resulting experience of monochromatic colour.

The 43rd Brighton Festival runs from Saturday 2 – Sunday 24 May 2009 for more information visit their website:

Image Credits:

Anish Kapoor, Sky Mirror 2006 Stainless Steel Organised by Public Art Fund Installed Rockefeller Centre New York 19 Sep to 27 Oct 2006 Courtesy Public Art Fund Credit Seong Kwon Photography

Anish Kappoor Blood Stick 2008 Resin and Pigment 140x1020x134 cm Courtesy the artist and Barbara Gladstone Gallery Credit Dave Morgan

Anish Kapoor, C- Curve, 2007, Stainless steel 2.2 x 7.7 x 3m Installation: Louvre, Paris, 2007 Courtesy Louvre Credit Philippe Chancel Paris