This Septic Isle

Tolly Robinson

Between 2010 and 2015 Southern Water illegally dumped sewage into our rivers and sea 6971 times. With human waste flowing into the sea around Brighton regularly, our sewage system has not improved since Victorian times - it has deteriorated.

Using printing techniques that were discovered in the 1800s (whilst Brighton’s first sewers were being built), This Septic Isle features prints that have been developed using the salt type method, using dirty seawater collected from the beaches around Brighton.

Looking at both the private company responsible for our sewage problem and the activists trying to fix it, This Septic Isle explores the UK’s relationship with the sea and how it got so dirty.

Artist biography

Tolly is a documentary photographer based in Brighton. Testing the camera's ability to portray the abstract or the invisible, his work often uses concept and process to convey meaning. His experience as a radio documentary producer allows him to experiment with other media and art forms such as audio which brings freshness and integrity to his work.


The Regency Town House
13 Brunswick Square

17–29 October

Tuesday 11:00–18:00
Wednesday 11:00–18:00
Thursday 11:00–18:00
Friday 11:00–18:00
Saturday 11:00–18:00
Sunday 11:00–18:00