Walk the Chalk Festival

Re-enchanted at Walk the Chalk Festival
20th-24th September 2023

Walk the Chalk is a 5 day festival of arts and heritage based around the Seven Sisters Country Park. As part of the festival, Katy is creating an installation, titled 'Re-enchanted', in the Pump Barn at Seven Sisters Country Park Visitor Centre, which she will be making on site from the 19th September onwards. You are invited to come and view the work in progress, and to contribute a piece to the installation. The artwork is based on the story of the lost church of Exceat, which once stood on a nearby hill overlooking the Cuckmere valley. The church dated from the 11th century and it is thought that the church and village was abandoned in the aftermath of the plague in the mid-late 1400s.

On Sunday 24th September, 6-8pm, there will be a performance event which starts at the pump barn and will involve a walk up to the site of Exceat church and a performance of medieval plainchant from the Lewes Breviary, by the BREMF choir. Following this we will have a reading by Alinah Azedah, Seven Sisters Writer in Residence.
The event is free and booking is not necessary, but if you have any access needs please contact the Walk the Chalk team:

Further info here:

A Difficult Place at Community Takeoever, Phoenix Art Space
2-17th September 2023

Katy and John Edwards have worked with residents of the Phoenix Estate in Brighton to create A Difficult Place, a film that reveals the true cost of the cost of living crisis, and its devastating effect on individuals. In a series of conversations filmed at Phoenix Art Space, the Phoenix Community Centre where the community-run Phoenix Food Shop is based, and on the London Road in Brighton, the group discuss how rising food prices, together with the added changes to their local shopping area, have drastically impacted their lives.

This project was part of the University of Brighton’s Ignite (2022/23) community-university partnership programme, which is funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account. The film is part of Phoenix Art Space's annual Community Takeover exhibition which celebrates and showcases the community engagement projects that have taken place over the past year. Three projects, SHIFT HAPPENS, the Phoenix Food Shop partnership and A Difficult Place are featured in this year’s Community Takeover. Further info and event details here:

If you would like to make a contribution to Phoenix Food Shop you can do so here:

Towner Eastbourne Wriggle Room Residency - and Exhibition

Wriggle Room is a 2 year artists residency developed for under-5s and their carers, which started in May 2022. Visual and Performance artists, Katy Beinart and Lydia Hunt, are designing and leading collaborative, creative sessions every Tuesday during term time, working with Willingdon Trees Community Centre and Towner to develop activities for Early Years groups and their carers across Eastbourne. Activities and workshops are built on a collaborative approach with participants and partners, artist practice, community and connection to the natural environments around Eastbourne and East Sussex and ways of engaging with Towner Eastbourne’s collection and exhibition programme.

In May 2023, an exhibition ‘Wriggle Room: Open Studio’ showcased work made by the children, parents and artists over the past year.

Acts of Transfer project 

The Acts of Transfer book by Katy Beinart and Lizzie Lloyd is now available to buy from Brighton CCA:
Publication Design and Art Direction by Des Lloyd Behari. Social Art Publications, 2022.

Katy and Lizzie recently presented their work at the Connective Symposium, 17-19 November, Fontys University of the Arts Tilburg, The Netherlands and are currently preparing a publication outcome.