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 : http://hoveparkrailway.com/services/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 :