Hove Plinth supporters


We are delighted to have Sir Timothy Sainsbury as a Hove Plinth patron.  Sir Timothy was MP for Hove from 1973-1997 and has over many years provided significant support for the arts through the Sainsbury family trusts.

Sir Timothy says:

"I welcome the initiative by Hove Civic Society to bring public art to the Hove Promenade. It will enable Hove residents and visitors to see sculpture displayed in a wonderful seaside location."

We are honoured to welcome Philip Jackson CVO DL FRBS as our artistic patron. Philip Jackson is a renowned sculptor with an outstanding international reputation, who is known for his many prestigious public commissions, including the recent statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square and the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park.

Philip Jackson says:

"This is a wonderful opportunity to create a new landmark for inspiration and delight in modern day sculpture and I wish the project all success."


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We can't thank enough all those who donated to our crowdfunding campaign and the many organisations and individuals who raised the profile of the campaign through briliiant publicity.

Please see the list of crowdfunding supporters here.


We are grateful for the many messages of support we have received.

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Hove Plinth received The Argus Community Star Award for Contribution to Arts and Culture in Nov 2015 on the grounds of "capturing the imagination of people in the city".

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade:

Hove Plinth is exactly what we need in Hove. The Centre of Brighton is a magnet for tourism and cultural activities, so to be able to attract residents and visitors to Hove is something I wish to support 100%."

Dick Knight, Lifetime President of Brighton & Hove Albion and Honorary Freeman of the city of Brighton & Hove:

"Everyone who loves our seafront should help Hove Plinth become a reality. It will be the platform for some stunning creativity in the years to come and always brilliantly remind people - visitor and resident - that our city has unique and lasting style."

Prue Leith , ex chair of RSA, Royal Society for Arts and Commerce:

"I am very excited to see that the ideas behind the Fourth Plinth are being taken forward in Hove - a 'Fifth' plinth showcasing sculpture against the backdrop of the sea is a wonderful idea and I congratulate the Hove Civic Society on their efforts and wish them success in bringing the project to fruition." 
(Note: Prue was the prime mover behind getting the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square established as a site for contemporary sculpture,)
The Starr Trust:

"I am a Hove resident and local performing artist, as well as the Director of the Starr Trust, a charity helping young people achieve their potential in sports, arts and education. I wholeheartedly support the fantastic initiative by Hove Civic Society to create the Hove Plinth, to bring exciting contemporary art to the Hove seafront.

"Despite our reputation as a vibrant, cultural city, most cultural activity stops at the Brighton border, and it will be a great boost both to the local economy and the local community to bring an exciting artistic venture further west. I hope to see both nationally significant and emerging artists show cased on the plinth, with perhaps some Starr Trust scholars in future years.
"My organisation is leading a bid to redevelop the King Alfred site into a new cultural and leisure hub and we are very keen to support and work with the Plinth committee if and when we are successful. Together we can bring 21st century art to Hove and develop a new presence to extend public interest beyond the Band Stand and across the border."
- Darren Abrahams, Director of The Starr Trust

Arts Council England:

"We welcome the concept of the proposed plinth on Kings Esplanade in Hove, and appreciate the opportunities it may offer for all sorts of cultural interactions, inspired by the example of the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The wide diversity of Brighton and Hove residents and communities has the potential to enhance the richness of the project further. 

"It is also important to consider the lifecycle of the project and the need to build sustainability into public arts projects. In that context, it’s reassuring to see a versatile technical plan proposed, including lighting, sound and digital facilities that could lead to a wide range of displays from all sectors of the creative community in the city."

- Jon Pratty, Relationship Manager, Digital and Creative Economy, Arts Council South East

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"On behalf of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival I support your initiative to erect a new plinth in Hove.

"Art in the public realm has a tremendous positive effect, as witnessed during the 2009 Brighton Festival. The Anish Kapoor installations across the city were received with great acclaim by the residents and visitors alike.

"Your proposal is very interesting, though not without its challenges, and I am sure that working in partnership in the ways you describe will enable the project to be delivered."

- Andrew Combden, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival


logo for Regency SocietyRegency Society:

"Thank you for your letter of 24 October letting us know about your Public Sculpture Initiative. We discussed it at our last committee meeting and agreed that this is a lovely idea – a really inventive thought with a lot of potential. We also applaud you for taking action to get the idea off the ground with the Council and other public bodies.

"We wish you well in your plans to raise the profile of high quality, culturally
significant ideas in Hove."

- Mary McKean, Chair, Regency Society