24 Jul 2015 – 2 Aug 2015

Regular hours

11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Free admission, donations welcome

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Tipped as one of the top 5 art exhibitions to visit in Brighton this July, ONCA gallery presents ‘SQUIDCUT’, an exhibition of fashion designer and artist Lilia Yip’s fashion and textile pieces, with artwork made in collaboration with photographer Nicol Vizioli and filmmaker Jessica Kneipp. The exhibition marks the debut of Yip’s SQUIDCUT in the UK and is the first fashion exhibition presented by ONCA.


Lilia Yip’s ‘SQUIDCUT’ collection investigates her fascination with squid and synthetic biology – a new area of science that deals with the reconstruction of nature. Using the lab coat as a starting point for both artwork and pattern cutting, the garment is abstracted into various cuts as it fuses with circular squid shapes. Digital imagery has been created using microscopic photos provided by synthetic biologist Matthew Jones who researched the squid’s iridescent colour changing properties.


SQUIDCUT is the culmination of a two-year project that began with a BBC Horizon episode featuring synthetic biologist Matthew Jones’ research into squids. The conversations between Jones and Yip have evolved into a body of work that probes the ethical perceptions of this exciting area of science through a combination of fashion, photography and film.

As part of the exhibition, Yip will host a screening of TRUE COST, a recently released fashion documentary film at the ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology. TRUE COST pulls back the curtain on the untold fashion story and asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing. This will be followed by a short discussion with fashion activist and designer, Isabel Roffe-Silvester, who is part of the Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group.

Since opening in November 2012, ONCA has rooted itself within Brighton’s thriving arts community, becoming an indispensable resource for vibrant discussion on ecology. Their influential patrons include Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and land artist Chris Drury. The ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology opened in May, expanding into new territory, reaching and engaging with more businesses, creative individuals, start ups and charities with a concern for sustainable business practice and ecology.


Exhibition Details

ONCA Gallery

14 St Georges’ Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB

Exhibition runs from Friday 24 July – Sunday 2 August (closed Monday & Tuesday)

Gallery opening hours:

Wednesday – Friday: 12 – 7pm Saturday – Sunday: 11 – 6pm

TRUE COST film screening: Saturday 25 July 2pm. Free Admission. Booking is essential.

Email info@liliayip.com to book.

For further enquiries: Please contact:

Alice Clayton +44 1273 607101 alice@onca.org.uk

Lilia Yip + 44 7766812074 info@liliayip.com



Lilia Yip

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Jessica Kneipp

Nicol Vizioli

Isabel Roffe-Silvester

Lilia Yip

Taking part


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