Hove Plinth joins University of Brighton in research project on engagement with art and heritage
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. The iconic objects selected by the local community for the Hove Plinth's inaugural work, Jonathan Wright’s ‘Constellation’, will be the objects and locations selected for the project. As a result, communities will have the opportunity to interact with the sculpture adding their own stories to a cultural database of the landmarks and objects, and making use of location-based technologies.
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.

Artists team up with Hove Plinth for festival open house 

Wednesday 2 May 2018:
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


22th May 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.

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!