Brighton is well known as a creative hub. With two universities and a strong art scene, it’s no wonder there are so many independent galleries to explore. And, with winding alleys and a whole bustling centre, these artworks are worth a visit.
1. Phoenix Brighton
The Phoenix Gallery is housed in an elegant glass building across from the structurally grand St. Peter’s Church. Throughout the space, there are rooms for over 100 studios and short-term projects, as well as a gallery and educational programs. The gallery space changes four times a year, showcasing a range of new professional artists in creative spaces, from sculpture exhibitions and fine art displays to craft events and independent art fairs. If you pass through here on your way into town, it’s definitely worth a visit.
10-14 Waterloo Pl, Brighton BN2 9NB.
2. IO Gallery
Located in the heart of North Laine, with cobbled streets and antique shops as a backdrop, IO Gallery brings a wealth of local talent to the art lover’s market. Most of the exhibitions on display here present local Brighton designers and makers who work in a variety of mediums and in a variety of ways. With a history dating back to 1997, this is one of the city’s older art offerings, with an ongoing collection of works to suit all tastes and interests.
3. Art in 5
Located in the heart of the famous Lanes, under the watchful eye of the impressive Town Hall, Art At 5 offers visitors an elegant insight into local talent. Since its birth 11 years ago, the gallery has established itself as one of Sussex’s leading contemporary art galleries and regularly hosts exhibitions showcasing some of the region’s finest talent.” Our aim is to make access to art a relaxed and enjoyable experience in a friendly and informal environment,” The gallery said.
5 Bartholomews, Brighton BN1 1HG.
4 Onca Gallery.
Committed to all things ecological and sustainable, Onca Gallery brings something different to Brighton’s art scene. Under the watchful eye of St Peter’s Church, the gallery aims to “inspire creativity and positive action in the face of environmental change”. Today, the gallery acts as an important hub for talking about art and ecology, and regularly hosts performances, exhibitions and events that focus on both. Above the gallery, there is a research and studio space, often used by creative freelancers, charities and universities who are constantly exploring the benefits of ‘creative co-working and multidisciplinary collaboration’.
14 St George’s Pl, Brighton BN1 4GB.
5. two cats and a cow.
You’ll find this quirky little gallery by the sea, overlooking the classic pebble beach that Brighton is famous for. Owned by Kathryn Matthews and Katty McMurray (hence the name Two Kats), it brings together their own prints and paintings, as well as artwork from their creative peers in the area.” Our aim is to bring you the very best in limited edition screen prints of wonderful and quirky ceramics made by exciting new artists and contemporary jewellers,” they say.
167 Brighton Square S, King’s Road Arch, Brighton BN1 1NB.
Fabrica, located in a beautiful old Regent’s Church in the city centre, is a visual arts institution that regularly hosts commissioned exhibitions designed specifically for the space. Focusing primarily on installations, it provides a place for artists to create new work, as well as a place for the public to question specific themes and issues through a variety of talks and events surrounding each exhibition. In addition to each new installation, there will be a range of educational programmes, audience development events and engagement activities to encourage audience participation.
Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AG.
7. Corridor corridors
The Corridor Gallery is the brainchild of Brighton makers and artists, providing an exhibition and retail space in Brighton’s creative venues. Each month a new exhibition unfolds, showcasing the work of local creators and artisans. As well as showcasing the work in an exhibition format, the Corridor also has an on-site shop where visitors can buy their own contemporary artwork.Only launched in 2015, the Corridor has quickly become a vibrant place, transformed each month to suit a specific theme.
28 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU
8. Cameron Contemporary Art
Run by a husband and wife team, the Cameron Gallery of Contemporary Art was once a touring exhibition, exhibiting in London, Scotland, Sussex and at major UK art fairs. Today, the gallery regularly showcases the work of established and emerging British artists in a variety of media, from traditional to contemporary, figurative to abstract, and everything in between. In addition to the eight exhibitions held each year, a collection of sculpture, ceramics and jewellery is on display for visitors to purchase.
1 Victoria Grove, 2nd Avenue, Brighton and Hove BN3 2LJ.
9. Smiley Dog
Located on the vibrant seafront just outside Brighton city centre, Laughing Dog is a family-run affair that showcases the work of local talent all year round. Here, you can sample everything from photography to music to philosophy. Creativity is the name of the game and the on-site café offers delicious coffee and chai to sip on while you browse the work on display.” Our ethos is to continually strive for quality, support local products and businesses, and be adaptable,” The gallery said.
Unit 31, Brighton Pier, Brighton BN2 5WA.
10, University of Brighton Gallery.
Located on the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus, the on-site gallery is more than just a place to showcase student work. In fact, the space hosts regular exhibitions throughout the year, bringing big-name artists and emerging talent to the masses. In addition to thematic exhibitions and presentations, there are usually educational programs and events in the adjacent Sallis Benney Theatre, featuring key speakers who delve into current topics.
58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY.