If you fancy combining a bag of chips on the seafront with a gander around some top quality urban art, then Brighton may be beckoning.
The scene in Brighton is a mash up of sprawling street art and graffiti throw ups. This makes for an inspiring feast for the eyes. Huge colourful murals fill up the empty wall space on the sides of buildings whereas the alleyways, nooks and side streets are home to reams of raw graffiti.
Venture down Kensington Street and you find yourself on Graffiti Alley, perhaps the oddest street for urban art in the whole of the UK. An enormous mural of The Saint logo from the 1960s TV show adorns the rear of a building. Take a short stroll further along the alley and you’ll be greeted by a vast mural of hyper-realist dogs. With more breeds of dog than Crufts can compete with, this mural can’t fail to make you smile, if not laugh out loud at the bizarreness of it.
Perhaps the most iconic street art in Brighton is the kissing policemen stencil by Banksy. Replicas of this mural have cropped up all over the city, on the wall of the Astoria as well as on the side of the Prince Albert pub on Trafalgar Street. Such is the popularity of Banksy, even the replica is protected by a sheet of perspex. With its evocative tribute to fallen musicians, the Prince Albert pub is a popular destination for street art connoisseurs in its own right.
When it comes to street artists, Brighton has its fair share of pioneers. SNUB’s Marvel-esque comic book imagery can be seen throughout the city. His 2000AD character, Mongrel almost sits with you after your tour of the city as you rest your weary legs in a vegan fairtrade Brighton coffee-house. His work, along with Minty’s throw ups and Poota’s hyper-realist art can be seen throughout the bohemian North Laine area.
The laid back, hedonistic vibe that Brighton is so famous for is reflected in the street art it has to offer. Fun, varied and oddly charming, Brighton has cemented its place firmly on the street art scene.