Hove Plinth: The Newest Addition to Brighton & Hove’s Seafront

Published On June 3, 2015 | By Zazie Clarke | Only in Brighton!, Theatre & Arts Features

A competition giving artists nationwide the opportunity to display their sculptures at Hove Plinth is hotting up, and the final 10 designs have been shortlisted!

The proposals will be displayed at Jubilee Library from 8-13 June and move to Hove Library from 15-19 June, giving the people of Brighton and Hove a chance to see the designs and nominate their favourite. After these exhibitions, there will be a special seafront celebration at the site with a mock plinth, actors in regency costumes who will perform a tableau vivant, and representative from the Hove Civic Society on hand to answer your questions.

The project was awarded £10,000 from the Arts Council in April, and has received lots of support, totalling £55,000! This money will enable each of the final three artists to make a scale model of their design. Once selected, the three finalists will have the opportunity to display their sculptures on the Hove Plinth, which will be on the King’s Esplanade at the foot of Grand Avenue. Fundraising projects are still to be completed before the plinth is put in place. When finished, this project hopes to celebrate the contemporary art scene in Hove, and create an attraction to rival The ‘Fourth Plinth’ in Trafalgar Square.

Lead Project Manager Karin Janzon said:

“We are thrilled at the fantastic response to our call to artists and to be able to show such a wide range of excellent  sculpture proposals. We invite everyone to come along to the exhibitions , nominate their favourites and find out how to help bring new sculpture to Hove seafront.”

Check out the short-listed artists and their designs HERE.

Find out more about this project at www.hovecivic.org.uk

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I recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Anthropology. Since moving back I have been happily reacquainted with Brighton’s idiosyncratic streets and colourful characters. I like writing and riding my bike around the city hunting for hidden treasures.