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  • The Brighton art scene – diverse, exciting, contemporary

    Brighton is well known as a city of diversity, and the Brighton art scene perfectly reflects this spirit. Art in Brighton is not just about galleries such as ours; it also embraces a wider concept of art to include architecture, fashion, literature, poetry, street art, tattoos and performing arts such as theatre, cabaret, comedy, dance and music.

    Art is truly the soul of Brighton and the creative energy is intoxicating. With two universities, alongside colleges and foreign language schools, the population is in a constant state of flux – bringing new ideas from across the UK and the rest of the world.

    All this combined makes the Brighton art scene an enticing destination for both established and emerging artists...and those who want the opportunity to enjoy their creative works. 

    A festival almost every day - if you can keep up!

    Brighton is a vibrant city that loves to party, and along with this comes a festival culture to rival any city in the world.

    The biggest events are the Brighton Festival and the Brighton Fringe, both of which promote the arts in many forms, delivered by guests from around the world. The Brighton Fringe in particular pushes the boundaries of artistic expression, displaying stimulating and challenging art works and installations.

    The Artists’ Open House Festival provides an opportunity to visit artists in their own homes and studios to watch them work and purchase their pieces directly, including jewellery, ceramics, sculpture and more traditional artworks.

    Brighton Pride brings out the creativity even in those not usually predisposed to making art, with extraordinary costumes being the centrepiece of the breathtaking parades.

    Smaller festivals happen all year round too, focusing on subjects as diverse as photography, tattoos, Japanese art, kite art and literature.

    Street art in Brighton – something around every corner

    Brighton is synonymous with street art, with extraordinary murals and graffiti found throughout the city.

    Banksy’s “Kissing Coppers” was originally painted at the Prince Albert pub - where a copy still resides - and is now surrounded by a huge mural of 50 famous musicians.  A trip to Trafalgar Lane – locally referred to as 'Grafalgar Lane' is a must for street art fans who want to keep up with the latest offerings. At Helm we work with several prominent street artists from across the global scene, including well-known names AROE and Skirl, so keep an eye on our own events for street art on the inside!

    Kissing Coppers

    Helm Art Gallery – leading the way

    Helm Art Gallery sits at the heart of the cultural quarter of Brighton, surrounded by a perpetual buzz of creativity. Helm delivers an ever-changing display of exceptional artworks, with an exhibition hall gaining a reputation for its innovative events, a library of exceptional art and design journals and books, plus a coffee and cocktail bar offering a select group of exquisitely prepared drinks. All of these blend to provide a unique, immersive experience.

    Here at Helm, we’re proud to be part of the dynamic Brighton art scene – come along and say hello, or contact our team for more information.

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