Whether you’re studying the arts, you like a good wander round a gallery or you’re just a little bored on a day with no classes – using our little guide, you can find art in Brighton & Hove any time.
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First up we have the obvious answer: Brighton’s Museum and Art Gallery, in the Pavilion Gardens. It’s worth visiting their Performance Gallery in particular, where you can find puppets and masks from all over the world. And if you’d like to find out more about the city by the sea, then check out the Exploring Brighton exhibition and Images of Brighton. Or simply stroll around the visiting exhibitions – go to www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk to see what’s happening now.
The museum is also right next to Fitzherbert’s and the Mash Tun, so you don’t have to go too far to get a drink after you’ve explored the exhibitions.
An unusual exhibition centre that’s high up on the Brighton art scene is Fabrica – the old Holy Trinity Church on the corner of Duke Street and Ship Street. This former church is now a visual arts centre, which uses its beautiful interior to stage innovative installations throughout the year. There are around four major works on show every year, with smaller exhibitions in between (and even some clothing sales, from companies like Howies). To see what’s on when, visit www.fabrica.org.uk
To get a real taste of Brighton art, galleries with local works are dotted along the seafront, in the arches and between the chip shops and bars. Castor and Pollux sells loads of contemporary limited edition prints – and also has lots of gifts and books, perfect for art students and birthdays. Two Cats and a Cow not only has a funky name, but is also home to three exceptionally talented local artists – one of which paints cows, while the other two are called Cat (well, Katty and Kathryn). And there are plenty more little galleries to see – just take a wander along the King’s Road Arches.
Get a taste of some of the finest contemporary, urban and graffiti artists around at Ink_d on North Road (just a few doors down from Bill’s). They’ve showcased art for loads left-field, local names – including the artists of Modern Toss – so you’re sure to find something entertaining on their walls. Check out www.ink-d.co.uk to see what’s going on right now.
The Phoenix Gallery is run by and for local artists, as a charitable organisation. This exhibition space showcases work from local and international artists, with a huge mixture of style – most of which is challenging, experimental and provocative. It’s definitely worth checking out their exhibitions, and you can find out what’s going on at www.phoenixarts.org You’ll find the gallery at Waterloo Place, just opposite St. Peter’s Church by The Level.
To take a look at some fine photography, you can find a few specialist shops in both the North Laines and South Lanes, or visit
For a look at some completely different art, visit Lighthouse on Kensington Street. Amongst the exhibitions you’ll find short films, 3D films and basically any form of art you can imagine within the media world. To see what images are moving around their gallery at the moment, go to www.lighthouse.org.uk
And of course, when you’re trying to find art in Brighton there’s the University Gallery. If you’re a Brighton student and you haven’t visited, then you’re letting the side down. The palace of your peers’ work is open 10am to 5pm (Mon-Sat) around end-of-year time, so get down there and check it out. www.brighton.ac.uk/gallery-theatre
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