In The South

Local artists brighten up ‘Brilliant Brighton’!

Graham Robson May 9, 2022

Brighton’s city centre streets have been brightened up for spring and summer with bold and beautiful banners created by Brighton artist Kate Forrester, and artists from Rocket Artists’ Studios, to signal the start of a celebratory season of creativity.

Kate Forrester’s illustrative Brighton-inspired banners, exploring the city’s love of the sea, music and food, span the width of North Street and Western Road, while lamp post banners on Preston Street feature colourful artwork from Rocket Artists’ Studios – an inclusive artist-led group who celebrate their diverse identities, abilities and art practises.

Pic Jo Glazebrook. Dave Pop! in action.

Supported by Gaydio, the artwork is organised by the 517 businesses who form Brilliant Brighton (also known as Brighton’s Business Improvement District), who each year aim to add extra colour to the city centre streets, from early May through to September. It further develops their Enliven Brighton Art Trail (in partnership with the ABCD Cultural Recovery Plan), with artists’ work, including murals from Dave Pop!, Josef Cabey and Gil Mualem-Doron, already in place.

The banners are part of Brilliant Brighton’s dressing the city campaign, which aims to brighten up the city centre during the summer months for visitors, holidaymakers and residents alike to enjoy. The campaign also includes cheerful bunting displayed in North Laine and The Lanes and stunning floral hanging baskets.