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 – firstname.lastname@example.org