Public art in the city

Learn about public art in Brighton & Hove. Visit artwork that has been commissioned across the city and take part in public art trails.

A new Public Art Strategy for the city 

Read our new Public Art Strategy: One Landscape, Many Views Public Art Strategy 2022 to 2032

In 2018, the Arts and Creative Industries Commission supported by the council identified the need for a long-term public art strategy.  

The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a framework for public art in Brighton & Hove over the next 10 years. It has been developed as a shared vision to embed public art into the fabric of the city to reflect Brighton & Hove’s unique history, diverse communities, creativity, innovation and energy. 

This strategy has been prepared during a time when the purpose and value of public space is being re-evaluated and re-discovered. This has provided a unique opportunity to reconsider how art in the public realm might evolve. It considers what is most relevant to Brighton & Hove residents, and how their voices can be represented and involved in creating public art. 

Further documents have been developed to support the strategy including the Public Art Planning Advice Note and Public Art Commissioning Toolkit. They provide guidance for those commissioning public art, to promote excellence and established protocols in this field.

Join the launch of One Landscape, Many Views Public Art Strategy 2022 to 2032 at the Structures of Community Symposium

Structures of Community is a 3 day public art symposium and associated programme examining the role of social engaged art practice in public art including the launch of One Landscape, Many Views Public Art Strategy 2022 to 2032.

The programme is produced by Brighton CCA in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and in collaboration with Towner Eastbourne and University of Brighton.

Visit the Culture In Our City website

You can find the most up to date information for Public Art Commission opportunities on the Culture In Our City website.  

Current Public Art Projects 

The Brighton Station Public Art Commission 

The Brighton Station Public Art Commission is a new large-scale public artwork for the city, commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council in partnership with Brighton CCA.

The aim is for the artwork to speak to both locals and visitors; to commuters and to families and to become synonymous with the region and an iconic part of Brighton & Hove’s identity. The artwork is due to be installed in Autumn 2022.

Black Rock Public Art Commissions  

Black Rock and the Sea Kale: Friends with Benefits has invited artists and creative practitioners to interrogate this unique site and make proposals for innovative ways to celebrate and reimagine what Black Rock is and might be. The reinvigorated public realm will become a canvas for artists to respond creatively, celebrating and reimagining the site.

Enliven Brighton Art Trail 

The trail features colourful artwork from a variety of talented professional artists.

As part of the ABCD Cultural Recovery Plan, Brighton based artists and creatives teamed up with city centre businesses within Brilliant Brighton’s business improvement area, to showcase Brighton’s vibrant art scene, with a colourful art trail.

The trail encompasses walls, bus stops, lampposts and street furniture throughout the Brilliant Brighton BID area. Curated by Richard Wolfstrome, Brighton local and award-winning identity and wayfaring designer.  

Find out more about the project and view a map of the Enliven Brighton Art Trail.  

About our public art commissions

Since the first commission in 1992, public art has contributed to Brighton & Hove's identity as a city of creativity.
Our public art commissions build artists' skills and realise their artistic ambitions as part of creative placemaking projects, new housing developments and the regeneration of key districts across the city. 

The term ‘public art’ is used to define a broad range of art. This includes permanent and temporary installations and artworks that reflect the life of the city, its communities, and visitors. Public art is for everyone and can be found across the city.    

Using innovation and experimentation these works celebrate Brighton & Hove's communities and landscapes. They increase the use of open spaces and create important environments for residents and visitors, which helps ensure a cultural legacy for the future. 

Public art trails

Use our public art trail guides to view the city's public art.
Part one: a journey from station to shore
Part two: from central to east
For adventurers (using foot or bus) and experienced road cyclists desiring a longer route.
For night time explorers keen to view city artworks using breath-taking light and illumination


Click on the links of each sculpture for more information. 

Title Artist Location
Afloat Hamish Black Groyne on seafront
AIDS Memorial Sculpture Romany Bruce New Steine
'Cut' and 'Sediment' Ekkehard Altenburger Connaught Road
Kiss Wall Bruce Williams Brighton Seafront
Passacaglia Charles Haddock Brighton Beach
Pollen Grain Steve Geliot University of Brighton
Rocket Kevin Freeman and Lisa Ducie Glass Pavilion (opposite Royal Pavilion)
Series of carved oak sculptures Walter Bailey Hove Park
Sylvana sculptures Simon Moss and Peter Layton with Jeremy Lord Wellend Villas, Springfield Road
Twins Charlie Hooker Churchill Square

Gates and railings

Title Artist Location
Airfix Gate Christian Funnel Pelham Terrace, Coombe Road
Aldi Sculptural Railings Ben Prothero Boundary Road
Avalon Gate Christian Funnel Avalon Development, West Street
Black Lion Street Railings Ricky Delaney, Stanmer Park Forge and Ironworks Black Lion Street 
Patching Lodge-Gates and Railings Chris Campbell at Campbell Designs Patching Lodge, Eastern Road
Taj Gates Christian Funnel Montpelier Road
Zipgates Stig Evans Palmeira Mansions, Palmeira Avenue


Title Artist Location
The Cones Raphael Daden Central reservation, West Street

Esther Rolinson

New Road
Hove Station Footbridge DO-Architecture  Hove Station Footbridge, next to Hove Station
The Kidney Unit Christian Funnel and Eric Bates Royal Sussex County Hospital
Viaduct Lighting DO-Architecture  Preston Road and Beaconsfield Road Arches
The Wave Adrian Stewart, DO-Architecture  Entrance Tunnel, Brighton Marina