In Brighton, UK Kensington Street's Street Art of Aung San Suu Kyi

Street Art of Brighton: Kensington Street

by Nicole on September 17, 2012

Hip, trendy, artistic – just a few of the words that I’d use to describe Brighton. With a dynamic art scene, both within galleries and on the streets of the city there will be things to see no matter what your artistic style – fashion, galleries, sculpture or my favourite, street art!

Through Brighton’s Greeter program I was taken on a tour through the most artistic of Brighton’s streets but one which has stuck in my mind was Kensington Street.

One side of the road is smart office buildings whilst the other is car parking and a rainbow of spray paint.

Street art of Smurfs in Kensington Place, Brighton

The Smurfs taking down bad guy, Gargamel

Street art of a guy playing chess in Kensington Place, Brighton

Run D.M.C. as chess pieces

Street art of Michael Jackson in Kensington Place, Brighton

A tribute to Michael Jackson

Street art of Jungle Tiki in Kensington Place, Brighton

I loved how they used the features of the wall to make this tiki gamer scene come to life

Street art of James Brown in Kensington Place, Brighton

A tribute to funk master, James Brown

Street art of Aung San Suu Kyi in Kensington Place, Brighton

A beautiful piece commissioned by the Brighton & Hove City Council from the 2011 Brighton Festival when they named Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese political activist, guest director when the festival explore themes of liberty and freedom.

Street art and street with girl of a chess piece in Kensington Place, Brighton

There is plenty to see and do in Brighton but the city’s street art is my favourite aspect to explore because it’s constantly revolving, growing and pushing the limits.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Brighton?


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tash September 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Love that piece featuring Aung San Suu Kyi – so beautiful!


2 Nicole September 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks Tash! It’s my favourite piece in the whole street. 🙂


3 NaEun September 21, 2012 at 2:49 am

I love street art – which is why I’m so excited to go on my Euro Trip!! 😀 These are so prettyyyy


4 Nicole September 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

If you love street art you should definitely check out Melbourne. The city is teeming with great pieces. 🙂


5 Lizzie October 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Hey Nicole 🙂 I’m from Brighton and whilst I know there is a lot of street art here, I kind of take it for granted now… The whole ‘if you see it everyday you get numb to it’ kinda thing. But seeing your post has just reminded me how great it is. In fact, I have to walk through the back of Brighton station to work everyday which has some amazing graffiti! I have heard about graffiti tours you can do here, so I’m going to look into doing one of those at some point to re-acquaint myself with our thriving urbant art scene!


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