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Wednesday 17 July 2024

Lighthouse Project Space: Brighton's First Public Youth-Led Artspace Opens With Call-Out To Young Creatives

Lighthouse Project Space - Brighton's first ever public, youth-led artspace – opens this month with a programme of public events and activities.

The new space at New England House, off London Road, will provide young creatives with a dynamic, multipurpose space where they can produce, create, perform, showcase and collaborate on artistic projects.

Launched by leading digital arts charity, Lighthouse, in response to a growing need for spaces designed specifically for young creatives from all backgrounds, Lighthouse Project Space overturns traditional gallery and performance space models while setting a unique example for cities around the UK. 

To coincide with its launch, Lighthouse is issuing an open invitation calling on young people to submit their creative ideas to participate in the venue's bold new arts programme from July 2024 onwards.

Welcoming ideas for live performance, music, spoken word, photography, digital arts and more, young people aged between 16 and 30 can register their interest at https://lighthouseprojectspace.com

They will get the chance to join other inspirational young creatives, in an initiative that aims to inspire the next generation and support their creative ambitions.  

The 130 square metre space will transform between exhibition space, event space, residency space and production space, converting this former textile factory and industrial business centre into an inclusive, people-centred community platform, giving new energy to this 1960s building. 

Lighthouse developed the concept with Spacemakers, a regeneration group working in Brighton, London and Stockholm. 

The design and build are by Alex Peters, a Brighton-based designer-maker, and adapts a long-disused, 1960s light-industrial unit.

The space and programme will be spearheaded by a unique team of Future Creative Leaders, consisting of six artists aged between 19 and 26 years old, who have created a bold and thought-provoking poster campaign to raise awareness about the project around Brighton, which asks questions "What does a richer culture look like?" and "What are you really fighting for"? 

Future Creative Leader, Elsa Monteith said: 

"In Lighthouse Project Space I hope to help shape a unique shared space for young creatives that empowers them to find their own inspiration through organic artistic experimentation and exploration while enabling them to foster connections and collaborations with other creative young voices in the community."

by: Mike Cobley




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