As the undisputed home of creatives (okay, we may have made that up - but there are a lot of artists in the city), Brighton & Hove is brimming with galleries displaying some of the best independent art in the region. There’s oil paintings, photography and sculpture spread out across the city, plus more installations and exhibitions than you can shake a stick at. What this means is that the grand ol’ City of Brighton & Hove offers tons of opportunity for whiling away the afternoons discovering new and exciting artists, and channelling your inner Cameron Fry (Bueller?) by finding hidden meanings through canvas. We’ve rustled up some of the best galleries around below, so there’s your Saturday afternoon sorted.
This former Regency church in the heart of Brighton provides a unique home to its stunning exhibition programme, which boasts three main shows a year often developed in partnership. The gallery keeps a focus on contemporary visual art, supporting and encouraging artists with whom it works to be adventurous and to test the boundaries of their practice. Exhibitions tend to be dynamic and interactive, allowing even visitors the chance to create. A true art space for all.
40 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AG
Opens Mon-Sat 1-6pm, Sun 2-6pm
Home to more than 100 artists’ studios, there’s little wonder that Phoenix’s exhibition and events list is so diverse and interesting. There’s photography, printmaking and painting, plus plenty of workshops and Q&A sessions with the numerous artists in the building. These artists all come together for the Phoenix Advent Calendar each December, where 25 windows are dedicated to individual works based around the festivities.
10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB
Opens Weds-Sun 11am-5pm
Run by artists for artists, io Gallery in Brighton’s North Laine displays and promotes both local and national artists, bringing our customers the best and most affordable work they can find. First opened in 1997, the gallery has made a name for itself over the last 22 years, having helped hundreds of local artists to sell their work, keeping strong their ethos of fair trade, focus on ecology and fair representation of individual artists.
39 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EP
Opens Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Dedicated to displaying a changing programme of high quality established and up-and-coming artists, Cameron Contemporary Art’s selection covers a broad variety of media. There’s traditional and modern, figurative and abstract, and ceramics, sculpture and jewellery displayed amid their eight annual exhibitions, while gallery talks and events keep interest in the gallery going all the way into the evening.
1 Victoria Grove, Second Ave, Hove BN3 2LJ
Opens Mon, Weds-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Home to some of the most collectable artwork in the country, Cloud Gallery’s reputation precedes it. Situated in the historic Lanes in Brighton, the gallery’s window is always eye-catching, its collection contemporary, vibrant and exciting. The team are always on the search for new artists, and are dedicated in delivering a premium service to buyers - it’s definitely worth a gander for your latest showpiece.
Ecovert House, 3 Bartholomews, Brighton BN1 1HG
Opens Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
As one of the first galleries in the UK to sell Banksy prints online, Art Republic’s reputation has always been one that seeks the most cutting edge in art and gives it centre stage. Its Brighton gallery is just the same, and is brimming with rare, limited edition pop art, graffiti and street art inspired prints and originals that would be a talking point in any home. There’s also a myriad of events and launches at the gallery, offering regulars the opportunity to mingle among artists as they browse new pieces late into the evening.
13 Bond St, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 1RD
Opens Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
The brainchild of artists Katty McMurray, Kathryn Matthews and John Marshall, Two Kats & a Cow is a key attraction overlooking the famous Brighton beach, having been listed by The Independent as a ‘must-see’ tourist destination in the city. Standing proud as Brighton’s oldest independent fine arts gallery, the space has generated a loyal list of collectors from around the world, and hosts an annual show every spring, with further events held throughout the year.
167 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB
Opens Mon, Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm
A celebration of local artists, Ming Art Gallery’s selection of paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, glass and homewares makes it an ideal spot for finding something unique and unusual as a gift. The gallery and gift shop also offers regular workshops from local artists which are reasonably priced, and with new work always being added, it’s definitely one to be kept on the roster.
27 Montefiore Rd, Hove BN3 1RD
Opens Mon-Sat 11am-6pm
If you prefer your art to be of the pop culture variety, look no further than Brighton’s Dynamite gallery, which frequently includes exhibitions of works depicting film characters, musicians and games. The gallery keeps a keen focus on iconography, whether it be through print or collectable toys, and is ultimately the only place in Brighton where you can find a Batman piece alongside a print that immortalises the vibrance of David Bowie.
13 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EQ
Opens Tues 12-6pm, Weds-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
The gallery that shows “real art for real people”, Conclave is Brighton’s newest addition with 95% of its artworks priced under £95 - including originals and limited edition pieces. Conclave recognises that many art lovers may not have the capacity for a four-plus figure spend, so affordability is at the heart of what they do - but that’s not to say the artwork here is of any lower quality, the team have an eye for finding the best up-and-coming work in town.
9 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3WA
Opens Tues-Weds 12-6pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
A charity that bridges social and environmental justice issues with art, ONCA’s gallery creates an inclusive space for collaborative learning, artist support and community solidarity - amid some amazing exhibitions and installations. The gallery plays a huge part in Brighton’s annual Festival season in May, but there’s plenty on offer year-round, with a varied collection of workshops for all month-to-month.
14 St George's Pl, Brighton BN1 4GB
Opens Weds-Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-4pm