Brighton rocks to an Artistic Beat

by Cass Art

It's unsurprising that a town boasting Steven Berkoff, Julie Burchill, Steve Coogan, Julian Clary and Chris Eubank among its residents is as eclectic as it is controversial. 


So it is with Brighton's arts scene. The town offers a wide canvas of attractions, including the UK's biggest arts festival outside Edinburgh, which next year runs from May 3-25.


But, for now, Brighton offers myriad galleries, starting with Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in Pavilion Gardens. Its rich collections currently include Subversive Design, which runs until March 9, 2014. This overthrows preconceptions by challenging our relationship with everyday objects, from high fashion to controversial chairs. Those featured include Alexander McQueen, Grayson Perry and Vivienne Westwood.


iO Gallery, Sydney Street, is run by artists for artists. It has just welcomed Sam Lock, recently voted best Brighton Art Fair exhibitor by his peers, in its front window. His energetic work sees each surface scored, scratched, scorched, stained, sanded and sealed, and examines painted spaces between freedom and expanse, such as sky and forest.


The University of Brighton Art Gallery, Grand Parade, hosts many exciting events. Film-maker Jan Švankmajer's dark, macabre The Inner Life of Objects exhibition presents prints and sculptures, including imaginary beasts assembled from bones, skulls, shells and stones, until December 2.


Fabrica visual arts centre, a former Duke Street church, hosts impressive, innovative installations. Video artist Jordan Baseman's A Cold Hand on a Cold Day runs until November 24. Fittingly, this film focuses on people who assist the deceased before disposal, illuminating our attitudes to life's sole constant: our death.


art at five, The Lanes, is a renowned contemporary gallery. Featured artist, modern-day impressionist David Farren, is fascinated by how the changing light determines the mood of a place at a particular time - whether a bustling New York street or a quiet Lake District corner. His Evening Shower Times Square is worth the visit alone.


No Walls, Prince Albert Street, strives to be everything a traditional gallery isn’t and happy to shoot the breeze with visitors. Illustrator/printmaker John C. Thurbin, a master of linocut and ink, is currently exhibiting some stunning portraits.

Found some great artists on your visit to Brighton? Let us know below..

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