January 2019: Flight of the Langoustine starts to take shape.

The next sculpture for Hove Plinth is now beginning to take shape in the Brighton sculptor Pierre Diamantopoulo's studio. Hove Civic Society has raised an initial £16,000 to begin to get this work underway and would like to thank in particular The Headley Trust, Hove Business Association and Collectors' Selection Artists' Open House for generous contributions. The total cost of this amazing sculpture, which will include four life-size bronze figures, will be £135,000 so further fund-raising will be top of our agenda throughout this year. For more information about the sculpture and to see a video of the armature the sculptor has created for the figures, click here

November 2018: Hove Plinth joins University of Brighton and Our Future Cities in 'Build your own Constellation' inititive. 
Researchers at the University of Brighton are investigating and supporting the use of digital technologies for cultural sharing, based around the sculpture displayed on the 2018 Hove Plinth initiative.
The research project, Place-based narratives, investigates how communities can meaningfully connect with local heritage through the sharing of creative digital experiences that interweave multiple individual narrative interpretations of cultural objects and locations. Inspired by the Constellation sculpture on the Hove Plinth, the University has teamed up with Our Future Cities and Hove Civic Society to engage school children in a creative process to collectively co-produce art-work which explore. 
  • The locality and children's sense of belonging
  • Individual and collective stories and significant objects/places
  • The role of digital technologies to support and capture the process.
The process will be facilitated by an artist who will be working children at a local primary school. The research is co-led by Karina Rodriguez Echavarria from the Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable Systems at the University of Brighton, and Kate Howland, from the Creative Technology Group at the University of Sussex.
 

2 May 2018: Artists team up with Hove Plinth for festival open house 

Artists at Collectors Selection Artists' Open House in Hove will this year be supporting the ongoing fundraising for the Hove Plinth project, with all profit going to the project fund for the next stage.
There will be something for everyone to enjoy and visitors taking some artwork home will not only add to their own collections but also be part of the Hove Plinth programme of bringing great public art to the city.
To celebrate Hove Plinth's arrival, ceramicist Jackie Summerfield has produced a special collection of ceramic replicas of Hove Plinth, including a delightful series of plinths with busts of jesters and other figures.
Visitors will be able to see works by Jonathan Wright, sculptor of the first artwork on Hove Plinth, Constellation.
The maquette (small model) of the next sculpture chosen for the Hove Plinth, Flight of the Langoustine by Brighton based artist Pierre Diamantopoulo, will be on show along with his magnificent stoneware bird sculptures.
Hazel Reeves, a Brighton sculptor who recently won the commission for the Emmeline Pankhurst statue for Manchester, will offer a small bronze edition of this work for sale.
Eve Shepherd, another award winning local artist, will show work in her distinct expressive style combining portraiture and mythology.
Fiona Morley' s unusual 3 dimensional works combines painting and sculpting with wire to create unique relief work.
And much more to surprise and delight.

Collectors Selection Artists Open House
43 Hove Park Villas, Hove, BN3 6HH
Open 11am-6pm all weekends in May, including Bank Holidays

https://aoh.org.uk/house/collectors-selection/

22th April 2018:
Hove Plinth launched to great fanfare on Saturday 21 April. It was a joyous celebration with hundreds of people turning out for the occasion and the bonus of the first truly warm sunny day of the spring. The Mayor of Brighton, Cllr Mo Marsh cut the ribbon and there was music from the Swing Ninjas and even impromptu dancing on the Hove Prom. And there it stands now for all to see - the magnificent Hove Plinth and its first sculpture Constellation by Jonathan Wright, gently oscillating with the wind and with icons glinting in the sunshine or glowing in the dark.

PUBLIC LAUNCH ANNOUNCED FOR 21 APRIL 2018:
Welcome to the official launch of Hove Plinth and the inauguration of the first sculpture, Constellation by Jonathan Wright. This will be a fun public event for all to celebrate this new cultural attraction in Hove. Saturday 21 April 2pm - 3.30 pm King's Esplanade, Hove Seafront (bottom of Grand Avenue)

  • Inauguration by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Mo Marsh
  • Music by Swing Ninjas
  • Speeches
  • Talking sculpture
  • Hove Plinth Heroes Awards
  • Displays and Special Treats
  • Hosted by Hove Civic Society and presented by Vince Venus, JuiceBrighton

All welcome!