Crossover Point photo credit: Kathryn Martin, 2017

Crossover Point

HOUSE Biennial & Photoworks co-commissioned community project

Crossover Point is a community project led by artist Becky Warnock for HOUSE Biennial and Photoworks, working with a diverse group of participants from Brighton Table Tennis Club to explore stories, memories and the ideas that connect us.

Crossover Point is a community project led by artist Becky Warnock for HOUSE Biennial 2017, working with a diverse group of participants from Brighton Table Tennis Club to explore stories, memories and the ideas that connect us.

Image credit © Katy Martin

Starting from the stories found within Brighton Museum & Art Gallery’s Willett Collection of Popular Pottery, such as the Devil/Pope stirrup cup, and the Museum’s collection of Regency caricatures, the project considers ideas around the HOUSE Biennial theme of Excess and the polarities that having too much or too little can foster.

The project culminated in two exhibitions of work, at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and ONCA Gallery, Brighton. A moving image work by Becky was exhibited within the Willett Gallery at the museum, and the participants’ work was exhibited in a special exhibition at ONCA – complete with a table tennis table for visitor participation!

The project is a partnership between HOUSE Biennial, Brighton Table Tennis Club and Photoworks, supported by the Royal Pavilion & Museums and ONCA. It is sponsored by Brighton Pier Group and the Rotary Club of Brighton, with photographic printing sponsored by Spectrum Photographic.

About Brighton Table Tennis Club

Brighton Table Tennis Club works with people of all ages, especially young people, to improve health, celebrate diversity and build a strong community. It runs sessions for young people of all ages and backgrounds, those aged 50+, adults with learning disabilities and children in care. It is the UK’s first Club of Sanctuary – welcoming Refugees & Asylum Seekers.

The club was founded in February 2007 by Tim Holtam and Harry McCarney, two ex-international table tennis players. They wanted to share their enthusiasm for the sport with amateurs and disadvantaged young people throughout the city. They started with two broken tables and over ten years it has grown into an umbrella organisation hosting 100 tables across Brighton.

Image credit © Katy Martin

The club was declared the UK’s first Club of Sanctuary in 2016, welcoming Refugees and Asylum Seekers and has become one of the most important community outreach projects in Brighton and beyond.

Its disability programme was founded in December 2013 and in September 2015, the club moved to its now permanent address, the former site of St John the Baptist Primary School, The Fitzherbert’s Centre in Upper Bedford Street, Brighton. brightontabletennisclub.co.uk

Crossover Point’s title is derived for a Table Tennis term meaning the point in a game of table tennis where a player needs to change between a forehand and backhand.

About The Willet Collection

The Willett Collection is catalogued into a variety of themes covering all aspects of British life, including the political, social and cultural. The project explores some of the Collection’s themes such as history, sport and pastimes, with a series of workshops, activities and discussions, sharing stories, playing with caricature and inviting the representation of personal narratives, across cultures and backgrounds.

Image credit © Katy Martin

A starting point for the BTTC participants, The Willett Collection of Popular Pottery, also acts as an inspiration for HOUSE Biennial 2017 Invited Artist Laura Ford, who has created a new intervention piece within the Willett Collection, as well creating new work making connections with other of the Museum’s collections. Her work, A King’s Appetite is a new sculptural installation taking inspiration from the Royal Pavilion & Museums collection of caricatures by James Gillray and George Cruikshank, satirizing aspects of the life of the Prince Regent (later to become King George IV).

Image credit © Katy Martin

About Becky Warnock

Becky Warnock is a London based artist working across photography, film and theatre, using participatory practice to create innovative, community engaged art powering social change. She is passionate about social justice and using the arts as a platform to stimulate dialogue and exchange.


In Conversation Event

Becky Warnock will hold an ‘In Conversation’ with members of the Brighton Table Tennis Club at ONCA Gallery, 19 October, 6pm. During this event, audience members will be invited to engage with the themes and conversations that shaped the project. Entry is free

Crossover Point Visitor Information 

Crossover Point
The Willett Collection Room
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE
30 September – 5 November 2017
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Closed: Mondays
Free to Brighton & Hove residents and RPM members.

Crossover Point
ONCA Gallery
14 St George’s Place
Brighton BN1 4GB
11  – 25 October 2017
Open: Wednesday – Saturday 12.00 – 6pm. Sunday 12-4pm
Closed: Monday – Tuesday
Free entry

© Natasha Caruana, from the series Timely Tale, 2017. A HOUSE / Photoworks co-commission for HOUSE Biennial 2017
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Timely Tale
Natasha Caruana
University of Brighton Gallery, Edward Street
30 September – 5 November 2017

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