What is public art
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 its visitors.
Public art is for everyone and can be found across the city.
Public Art Strategy
Read our Public Art Strategy for Brighton & Hove.
The purpose of the Public Art Strategy is to provide a framework for public art in Brighton & Hove until 2032. 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.
The 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
- how their voices can be represented and involved in creating public art
Public Art Strategy supporting documents
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 establish protocols in this field.
Contact the Arts Development team
The Arts Development team provide input and advice on commissioning public art in the city. To contact the Arts Development team send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public art opportunities
You can find the most up-to-date information for public art opportunities on the Culture In Our City website.
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.
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
You can use our public art trail guides to view the city's public art.
Public art trail 1 - Brighton Town Centre.
Part one: a journey from station to shore.
Public art trail 2 - Brighton Town Centre continued.
Part two: from central to east.
Public art trail 3 - The Hove Experience.
For adventurers (using foot or bus) and experienced road cyclists desiring a longer route.
Public art trail 4 - After Dark.
For nighttime explorers keen to view city artworks using breathtaking light and illumination.
Locations of public art
Find the locations of public art on Google Maps.
Details of public art in the city are given in the below tables.
Click on the links of each sculpture for more information.
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