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Communal lunch 1 – with curator Ben Messih






Brighton (UK)


Jordi Ferreiro (ES)



Barcelona-based artist Jordi Ferreiro will be taking over the main reception space of Lighthouse 15-19 July. During the week Jordi will co-host three public communal lunches with different speakers. They’ll share their experiences and thoughts on what cultural organisations need to do if they genuinely want to become inclusive of different perspectives in the way they work.

This lunch is co-hosted with curator Ben Messih. Ben is a curator working with artists, children and communities. Over lunch, he’ll share his experiences working with community-embedded practices across different arts organisations. Ben will talk about his approaches to navigating institutional inequalities that manifest in budget lines, salaries, job adverts and funding bids, and how these open (or close) doors into institutions for different people.

Food provided by Lalibela Ethiopian Kitchen

1pm lunch served
1.15pm discussion begins

Ben Messih is Heritage Education Manager at South London Gallery, London (2017-) where he initiated and leads on the gallery’s heritage programme ‘Evidence of Us’ and manages the Big Family Press, a child-led printing press he has co-developed with One of My Kind (OOMK). As Ben was raised on the stolen land of the Bediagal people of the Eora Nation (Sydney), he pays his respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. Ben has previously held posts in education and community-embedded practice at the Serpentine Galleries (2014-17) and the Biennale of Sydney (2013-14). Recent collaborations and curatorial projects include: Back to the Bookplace (2019); Rosalie Schweiker: How to Have Fun (2019); Rory Pilgrim: The Resounding Bell (2018); Ed Webb-Ingall: The Archive is Political (2018-19); and Rosalie Schweiker: Hello Anyone That Receives This Message (2018).

Lalibela Ethiopian Kitchen was set up and run by Genet Endashaw, an Ethiopian refugee who came to Brighton in 2006. Since arriving in the city, Genet has built up a reputation for cooking delicious traditional Ethiopian food. She has cooked for events within the refugee community and in 2015 launched Lalibela Ethiopian Kitchen with her friend Abeba.

Supported by Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) also supports Jordi Ferreiro’s residency and commission at Lighthouse through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), in the framework of the Mobility grants.


Date |16 July
Time | 13.00-14.30
Location | Lighthouse
Tickets | Free/Pay as you can

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