Famous for its flamboyant creativity and extensive street art, this cosmopolitan city on the South Coast is a treasure trove for art lovers, with exciting street festivals, cultural events and compelling exhibitions hosted throughout the year. Our eclectic mix of the top ten contemporary art galleries in Brighton showcases the best of local creativity.

Source from Charlotte Chorley , Culture Trip

With its unique and diverse population of artists, photographers, dancers and actors, Brighton is one of the most creative cities in the UK. From quirky performance pieces to cutting edge art events, Brighton offers a creative cool that is hard to beat.

In Brighton every night is show night as the city plays host to some of the best theatre and entertainment in the business.

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Brighton Dome

As the south coast’s premier multi-arts venue, each year they present over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital, community and participatory events.

Magnificent grade listed building situated in the heart of the city forms part of the Royal Pavilion Estate, and has been a shining beacon for the community for over 200 years. Starting as a grandiose riding stables for Prince Regent and transforming into many guises thereafter; from a place of protest and solidarity for Suffragettes, to a refuge for wartime dances in WWI, a temporary hospital in World War II and even a roller-skating venue. Read more about their history.

Brighton Dome is an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive.

A hub for artists across the region, Brighton Dome commissions and supports both emerging and established artists and companies.

Visit Brighton Dome (15 min walking)

Theatre Royal Brighton

Theatre Royal Brighton is one of the oldest and most distinguished theatres in the country.

The auditorium of the grade II listed building, which is located at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, represents an example of the finest regency architecture.

The theatre has presented professional productions continuously since 1807 and most of our leading actors and actresses have performed here.

Alongside productions on the main stage, the theatre regularly stages productions in various locations throughout the building: in the cavernous under stage area, the Gallery Bar, the dressing rooms and in the wings of the stage.

Visit Royal Brighton (20 min walking)

Attenborough Centre for the creative arts

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts supports innovation in research, teaching and community engagement through its artistic programme. They strive to find imaginative ways to connect artists with students and researchers across university departments.

The centre presents a seasonal programme of performance, dance, theatre, live art, film, music, discussion & debate and digital practices. 

Visit Attenborough Centre (30 min by transport – 15 min by car)


Phoenix Art Space is a unique arts organisation, located in the centre of Brighton. They were established as a charity in 1995. A thriving and dynamic space, they provide and maintain a range of creative opportunities in the heart of the City, including: 100 affordable artists’ studios, two public galleries, around 15 free exhibitions per year.

Alongside our exhibition programme, they put on a range of regular community events which are open to everyone. These include: talks and presentations from artists & arts organisations, family fun days, short courses, one-day events & drop-in workshops.

Visit Phoenix Brighton (20 min walking)

ONCA gallery

Is a space for meeting, thinking, learning and celebrating art. They encourage artists to ask big questions about difficult issues: their mission is to support the wellbeing of people and places by increasing awareness of, and engagement with, environmental and social challenges.

Visit ONCA Gallery (20 min walking)

Brighton Toy and Model Museum

Founded in 1991, it is a truly extraordinary attraction full of childhood dreams and memories.

Situated in Early Victorian railway arches underneath Brighton Railway Station, it is home to one of the finest public collections of toys and models in the world with over 10,000 exhibits on display, including collections of toys from the golden age of toy making from the world’s top manufacturers plus a rare vintage model train collection. Along with rare model trains, there are collections of soft toys by Steiff, Victorian dolls and dolls houses, a vast collection of die cast vehicles by Dinky, Spot-on and Corgi and much more to suit the whole family.

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Brighton Open Air Theatre

Since its opening in 2015 BOAT has gone from strength to strength and is now well established as part of Brighton and Hove’s cultural landscape. In its fifth year BOAT welcomed 70 different local national and international companies with over 140 performances and welcomed over 22,000 visitors through the gates.

Visit BOAT (from March until September)

Two Kats and a Cow

Over the years the gallery has become a key attraction on Brighton’s ever evolving seafront and has been listed by The Independent as a ‘must see’ tourist destination. The Two Kats and a Cow gallery is now Brighton’s oldest independent fine arts gallery and has generated a list of collectors from around the world.

Visit Two Kats And a Cow 

ENTER Gallery

They have never been afraid to experiment with new spaces and different points of view. Placing freedom of expression at the centre of what they do.

They want to inspire you, to allow your imagination run away with itself. Expression over convention. They are for the tastemakers, the rule breakers, the artists, the appreciators, and absolutely anyone. Because they believe that art is for everyone.

Visit ENTER Gallery

IO Gallery

IO gallery was established in 1997 and represents artists across a wide spectrum of practices.

The majority of our eclectic & contemporary range of art & craft is produced by artists based in Brighton and its surrounds.

Visit IO (from March until September)

Proud Cabaret Brighton

Set in the heart of Kemptown at one of the City’s most iconic nightspots, Proud Cabaret Brighton offers world-class cabaret and burlesque dinner shows. Whatever your reason for celebrating, their relaxed, happy vibes combine with exceptional food, great service and the best shows in town.

Visit Proud Cabaret (10 min walking)