Pride in Brighton & Hove has been celebrating its festival week, and tomorrow marks the annual Parade and Park events. From its origins as political march by the LGBT community, Pride has evolved into a vibrant celebration of gay culture and one of the highlights of Brighton & Hove’s summer calendar.
Christine Jones’ Brighton Pride depicts the celebration as a wild carnival, bustling with people and brimming with diversity. Painted in 2002, it is one of the most recent creations in our collections. It is also one of the busiest: something seems to be going on in every inch of the canvas.
Aside from its subject matter, the painting is very clearly located in Brighton. Although obscured by people, stalls and balloons, Preston Park can be identified by local feaures such as the viaduct in the top left corner. The tent of one of Brighton’s most famous club and event organisers, Wild Fruit, can also be spotted.
But does this painting capture the Pride experience? If you have been before, or are planning to attend tomorrow, do let us know in the comments below…
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