The Secret Garden, Kemptown
The Secret Garden, a registered UK charity, run by the Antony Dale Trust, is a unique facility for Brighton & Hove. It is the only garden of its type in the city, and the only place where major outdoor works of sculpture can be shown in a secure setting.
The Secret Garden originally belonged to no 32 Sussex Square which was bought by its first owner, Lawrence Peel, younger brother of the Prime Minister, in 1830. Several of the grand houses in the square had extensive gardens, each of which was accessed through a tunnel leading from the appropriate house. The Secret Garden is now the only remaining one of these. It is a ‘secret’ oasis, because it is a delightful walled garden hidden from view, in the midst of suburban Kemp Town. Originally a 'pleasure garden', it led to a kitchen garden beyond.
THE SCULPTURE OF WILLIAM PYE: A major exhibition for Brighton Festival 2019
William Pye, an internationally acclaimed sculptor, will exhibit eleven important pieces in the Secret Garden next May. He has worked closely with the Trustees to create a very special show, which promises to enthuse a wide audience, from art lovers to those new to sculpture and also children.
His fascinating pieces are made principally from stainless steel and cast bronze; and water is is integral to most of his work. William Pye is inspired by the extraordinary qualities of water and the natural laws of hydrostatics, and how these can be manipulated.