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Monday 01 February 2021

Brighton Arts Charity Invites Your Views On Next Decade Of Public Art In The City

Brighton-based arts charity Lighthouse want to hear your thoughts about public art in the city and is hosting a free public meeting online.

Led by Dom Bailey, Chair of Brighton Experience Group, with artist Judith Ricketts, Atif Choudhury CEO, Diversity & Ability, and Nick Hibberd, Executive Director Economy, Environment and Culture at Brighton & Hove City Council. 

The informal event is open to anyone who wants to listen in or voice their opinion.

Lighthouse has launched an online public survey and series of short films - Let's Talk Public Art - to encourage residents and communities across Brighton & Hove to voice their opinion about public art in the city.

Commissioned as part of Brighton & Hove City Council's (BHCC) 10-year Public Art Strategy, the community consultation will inform the framework for the council's policy, ensuring the city's diverse residents, neighbourhoods, their narratives, histories and experiences are equally reflected.

Donna Chisholm, Assistant Director, Culture, Tourism and Sport, BHCC said:

"Following the coronavirus pandemic, Brighton & Hove will continue to be celebrated as a creative city, with a thriving cultural scene.  

"We want public art in the city to be for everyone and the principles of our Public Art Strategy should be important to people who live and work here, as well as to those who visit. 

"This is an invitation to help us identify a shared vision and a set of values to shape the delivery of art in public spaces across the city over the next 10 years."

Lighthouse has produced the series of short films with artists, community workers, historians and writers from across the city to discuss five key themes, including sustainability, wellbeing, connectivity, location and heritage. 

The films are available to watch on the Lighthouse website and will be presented at community meetings over the next two months. 

Lighthouse will collate public responses from the films and via an online survey to present to the council to inform the strategy"s future direction.

 Alli Beddoes, Lighthouse CEO & Artistic Director added:

"Public art can often have many purposes or physical forms, whether it's a statue in a public square or a temporary outdoor installation at a festival. 

"It can also provoke intensely divided public opinion, as we have seen recently with historic statues being removed because of their connections to slavery. 

"These short films feature discussion points such as heritage, inclusion, sustainability and wellbeing so we can delve into how people feel about public art. 

"We really want to hear from people who have never thought about or engaged with public art before."

The Public Art Strategy will help commissioners understand the ways in which artists, planners, enablers, investors and others can work together. 

Register for the event - which takes place at 10am to 12 noon, on Friday 5th February 2021, here:

by: Mike Cobley


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