Public art commissions

Find more about the type of public art commissions that come up and sign up for our email list to get notified when new commissions become available.

Public art commission projects

Below is a list of public art commission projects that have been awarded to an artist and are currently in progress

New public art commissions

Public Art Commission - Quadrant at Queens Road and Frederick Place, Brighton

This is a £38,000.00 (excluding VAT) art commission for the creation of a wayfinding gateway to the North Laine area.  The main aim of the commission is to create a visual gateway at the site and, in doing so, increase footfall to the North Laine independent business area.  Please download Public Art Commission, Queens Road and Frederick Place (PDF 2.13MB) for full details.

This quadrant shaped piece of land sits half way down Queens Road, the main arterial road for pedestrians, buses and taxis when exiting Brighton railway station. The quadrant hosts a mature deciduous tree, a row of cycle racks, railings and some wayfinding signage.

The site sits at the convergence of three roads, Queens Road, Gloucester Road and Frederick Place. Gloucester Road leads to the North Laine Conservation area. Locals and those visiting Brighton by train use the ‘site’ as a cut through to Gloucester Road and the famous North Laine independent business area and Valley Gardens. Queens Road is flanked by office and retail buildings some of which have residential flats on the second and third floor.

Please see historical development of the North Laine area (PDF 211KB) for more details.

Deadline for expressions of interest is midday Friday 23 March 2018.

Please e-mail your proposal and supporting information in pdf format to arts@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Public Art Commission - Huxley Building, University of Brighton

The commission is for the value of £30,000. There will be a £1000 fee for shortlisted artists. Deadline for expressions of interest is midday Monday 29 May.

Brighton & Hove City Council, the University of Brighton and Brighton Digital Festival are partnering to commission a new piece of public art for the Huxley Building on the University’s Moulsecoomb campus.

The Huxley Building houses the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, teaching pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biomedical science and ecology. The common aim for those that use Huxley building is, among many things, to discover the causes and mechanisms of disease, new ways to treat these diseases, better (and more individualised) ways to deliver these treatments, how people age, novel methods to remediate environmental damage, the effects of trace pollutants on aquatic life and to understand the lifestyle of mammals in an urban setting.   This co-commission seeks proposals for a new piece of public art that will be situated within the foyer of the Huxley building, or in the immediate vicinity of the building, and engage both the users of the Huxley building and a wider community and public.

Proposals that include a digital element or where digital practice is a key component of the work’s development are welcomed. Proposals that explore how the arts, sciences and technology can combine to engage with complex contemporary challenges are also encouraged.

Public Art Commission - land at the entrance to Shoreham Port/Hove Lagoon

We are pleased to announce a £38,000 public art commission to artistically and environmentally enhance a piece of land that lies within a series of green corridors identified in the Shoreham Harbour Ecology and Green Infrastructure Study (2015). The commission site is in Hove at the entrance to Shoreham Port and Hove Lagoon. The deadline for expressions of interest was 5pm on Monday 6 February 2017.  Please see the environmental land based art commission brief (PDF 1.1MB) for details.

The Level archway commission

Alter & Company won The Level archway commission. They will develop an exciting sculptural pedestrian archway at The Level, Brighton. You can find out more about the design on the Alter & Company website.

The council worked with Kings Education and Zise Ltd on a public art commission related to the new Kings Brighton development at 27-33 Ditchling Road. Please see the The Level art commission design brief (PDF 707KB) for details, photos and plans. The deadline for expressions of interest was 20 June 2016.

Kings Education mural commission

Reception area of Kings College Brighton showing a colourful muralArt + Believe have won the Kings Education mural commission. Go to the Art + Believe website.

We worked with Kings Education and Zise Ltd on a public art commission related to the new Kings Brighton development at 27-33 Ditchling Road.  Please see the Mural for Kings Education design brief (PDF 428KB) for details, photos and plans. The deadline for expressions of interest was Monday 12 September 2016.

Commission for a new work at or close to the Open Market

This commission was won by MeYouAndUs.  To see their winning proposal, please go to the Brighton Digital Festival website.

This was a £15,000 commission from Brighton Digital Festival for a new work at or close to the Open Market in Brighton. Please see the Open Market commission brief (PDF 2.15MB) for details, photos and plans. The deadline for expressions of interest was Monday 27 June 2016.

Robert Lodge art commission

Brighton & Hove City Council, working with the residents of Robert Lodge, has commissioned a public art work for the communal gardens of this council housing scheme. The winning artist was Hilary Cartme.

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