Brighton suburbs become giant canvas in major art project

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:04 11 August 2020

A Simple Act of Wonder - outdoor art in Moulescoomb and Bevendean. Photo: Phoebe Wingrove

A Simple Act of Wonder - outdoor art in Moulescoomb and Bevendean. Photo: Phoebe Wingrove

Phoebe Wingrove

In a co-commission with Brighton Festival, artists Walter & Zoniel have created large-scale outdoor artworks in two Brighton suburbs alongside an exhibition in city gallery Fabrica

A Simple Act of Wonder - outdoor exhibition in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. Photo: Phoebe WingroveA Simple Act of Wonder - outdoor exhibition in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. Photo: Phoebe Wingrove

The Brighton suburbs of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean have been transformed by colourful outdoor artworks as part of an exhibition by artists Walter & Zoniel. The collaborative project is a co-commission with Brighton Festival and was originally due for completion in April but was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

The work is entitled A Simple Act of Wonder and is intended to “celebrate human connection and our experiences of joy in unprecedented times.”

The outdoor works are complemented by an indoor exhibition at Fabrica which will never open to the public, but visitors can tour the exhibition online here free of charge.

A Simple Act of Wonder installation in Fabrica, Brighton. Photo: Tom ThistlethwaiteA Simple Act of Wonder installation in Fabrica, Brighton. Photo: Tom Thistlethwaite

The artists worked with locals on the project and have used house paint, grass paint and gels to create colourful works on local landmarks including the Bevvy community pub, a shop (The Good News Brighton) and St George’s Hall. A large painting also now sits on the grass of The Green. Walter & Zoniel said: “The outdoor works in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean celebrate areas of the city that have a wealth of fascinating stories, which we have drawn inspiration from in creating a new narrative whilst exploring the nature of connectedness and concept of representation. We have used our favourite tools of playfulness and surrealism on a large scale to engage people in the wonder that is naturally present around us, but maybe less often observed. We hope that the communities in these areas we have created the works will enjoy them for now and others can visit when they are able.”

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