PRESS RELEASE 10th May 2019

New outdoor art festival launches this May

There is nothing more fitting for a May weekend than enjoying art in all its forms in the setting of your nearby park. This year, for the first time, the Friends of Hove Park have done just that. Over the weekend of 18th and 19th May, they are hosting the inaugural Hove Park Art festival, or HART. This local community group have brought together a wide selection of artists and performers to celebrate the diversity of art that Brighton and Hove has to offer.

Twenty three artists will be exhibiting their work in two marquees and, most importantly, demonstrating their craft and giving advice and information to budding enthusiasts of any age. Ethereal watercolours by Penny Mechen sit alongside colourful scenes of Brighton by Lisa Holdcroft. Pauly the Painter will be creating his canvases, palette in hand, and Helen Brown will be cutting her colourful woodcuts.

There will be a series of workshops including Poponin Art and Each Peach Nursery providing craft and art sessions, flag making with Same Sky, origami and nature-themed clay craft. The Rocking Horse Appeal will have a giant rocking horse canvas for the kids to join in and decorate and Mindfulness in Art will be holding sessions in a darkened tent. Live street art will be created throughout the two days courtesy of REQ and Daryl Bennett.

Dotted all around the area will be giant installations by Same Sky, the team that are behind the annual Children’s Parade and Burning of the Clocks. Join them on the Saturday evening from 8pm, as light levels fall, for a torchlight procession around the park. The procession will include around 200 torches and be accompanied by various forms of music including a local choir and Samba band.

Music will be provided throughout both days with Lucky Lady Lexi and the Riverside Boys playing on Saturday 18th and a Jazz trio on Sunday 19th. Everyone can even have a go at singing themselves in the box that rox karaoke booth. On Sunday 19th entertainment comes from the Zumba Zone group and a troupe of Bulgarian folk dancers. Refreshments include wood fired pizza, organic Thai street food and burgers/hot dogs from the Hove Park Cafe team. There will even be an old fashioned ice cream van supplying family favourites.

The Picnic in the Park takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 19th May with face painting, temporary tattoos and a bubble machine. A nature trail will be running throughout the day helping little ones discover all about the natural features of the park and the creatures that live there.

The 40 acre Hove Park, located in the heart of Hove, is the ideal setting to celebrate this colourful, creative medley of arts.

A bit more about the Friends of Hove Park

The Friends of Hove Park group was set up in late 2013. We are a small group of local people dedicated to protecting the park and creating community projects to improve and enhance the park for all its users. Our annual Easter trail is very popular and raises funds for projects like bat boxes and the children’s playground. We are lucky to have a fantastic cafe located within the park and a miniature railway that runs during spring and summer months – check here for dates :

Full list of artists attending

Helen Brown                           Woodcut printmaking

Lisa Green                              Mixed media

Emily Boyce                           Artist & teacher

Adele Scantlebury                  Woodblock printer

Lizzie Lee                                Handcrafted lighting from recycled plastic/lace

Danny Lyon                             Artist – landscapes & other

Patrick Kennedy                     Lino print illustrations – books

Nula Shearing                         Art stamps

Keith Pettit                               Wood engraver and sculptor

Shireen Avis                            Boot polish painter

Janet Ballard                           Watercolour and mixed media

Daryl Bennett                          Street artist

Janet Dyson                            Mixed media

Penny Mechen                       Contemporary watercolours & acrylics

Candy Medusa                       Mixed media/Art from plastic pollution

Jan Norman                            Watercolours

REQ                                        Street artist

Dan Skinner                            Contemporary art

Caroline Marsland                   Mixed Media

Palo Almond                           Contemporary watercolour & mixed media

Lisa Holdcroft                          Cartoon scenes of Brighton

Debbie Hinks (Watson)           Mixed media

Chihiro Doidge                        Zen tangle (doodling) & origami

Pauly the Painter in Hove       Landscapes/Buildings

Zoltan Piros                             Acrylic fantasy & abstract


Alan Moon & Jackie Beecham –

Fantastic fun & wonderful artwork at the first ever Hove Park Arts Festival.!

Thank you to everyone who made it a very special event & wonderful success for the Friends of Hove Park. Can’t wait for next year.!  More pictures of the event on our Facebook and on Flickr courtesy of another friend of Hove Park :

Join the Friends of Hove Park during Brighton Festival 2019 to celebrate Brighton & Hove’s varied art heritage. Includes everything from graffiti to watercolour, demonstrations & interactive workshops by local artists, and installations from Same Sky, the creative geniuses behind the annual Burning the Clocks in Brighton.

Saturday 18th May: 12-5pm
• Art for sale as well as demonstrations and workshops
• Graffiti workshop and demonstrations
• Same Sky lantern making and other workshops
• Installations from Same Sky around the Park
• The Living Coast (Brighton Biosphere)
• Street food and refreshments
• Street dancing and other entertainment

Saturday 18th May: 8-9pm
• Same Sky torchlight procession at dusk around the Park with bands and choirs

Sunday 19th May: 12-4pm
• All of the above, plus…
• Picnic in the Park with kids entertainment and nature trails

For more information contact:

The Journey Begins

The Friends of Hove Park group was started in 2013.

Our aims are to :

  • assist in the preservation, protection & improvement of the Park for the community
  • promote and contribute to the conservation of the natural wildlife of the Park
    involve the local community and to work with other bodies involved with the Park
  • encourage & facilitate appropriate leisure, recreational, & educational pursuits within the Park
  • encourage the involvement of the local community of Park users through the organisation of a programme of communal events throughout the year

Membership is open to all who are interested in the park, & there is a nominal subscription of £3 a year per household. Subscriptions can be paid at the Hove Park cafe; just leave the money together with your name and email address (or just name if you don’t want to receive our emails).

We should also mention our kind sponsors & supporters, without whom the Hove Park Art Festival could not have been organised :

Samesky –

Mishon Mackay –

Rockinghorse –

Art Republic –

Each Peach Childcare –

Pepperfox –

Hangleton & Knoll Project –