October 24th, 2023.

Head down Newhaven high street this November to enjoy the latest piece of public art to arrive in the town this year. Radiant Introvert, a colourful exploration of self-expression and identity created by artist Hanna Benihoud, will be on display in the window of the library from the 10th of November.

The piece was inspired by a workshop with young people at the SCDA Newhaven youth centre, who used UV paint to decorate their hands and faces and delve into the realm of night-time alter egos. “During the workshop I was reminded of the contradiction between flamboyance and shyness experienced during teenage years”, explains Hanna. “The artwork stands illuminated yet shy in the Library window, bringing life to the space at night and prompting the question of what other interventions can be created to make our public spaces feel more vibrant after dark.”

London and Bexhill-based Hanna is at the centre of an interdisciplinary design studio creating site-specific artworks in the public realm. She hopes this piece will serve as a celebration of art and community, showcasing the impact that workshops and collaborations can have on personal growth and self-expression. The co-created artwork is the latest project in the BN9 programme, a multi-strand series of creative and cultural events that aim to animate spaces, instil pride and involve the community.

Visit Radiant Introvert from the 10th of November, and throughout the winter. Free, in the window at Newhaven Library, 36-38 High St, Newhaven BN9 9PD
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