Thanks to Branwen Lorrigan, Brighton & Hove City Council Economic Development Officer for this post:
Brighton & Hove City Council and Wired Sussex are part of a successful consortium that secured £6.2 million EU funding to support the creative industries of which £650,000 will come to Brighton & Hove.
The project will see a new hub for the creative industries at New England House; and will further enhance the city’s reputation for nurturing and supporting creative talent.
‘ReCreate’ will deliver new work, exhibition, studio and learning spaces for creative entrepreneurs from the arts, creative and digital industries. The aim is to further enhance the city’s creative industries by utilising currently unused or unusable spaces. This activity will support the regeneration of Brighton & Hove and assist the development of the New England Quarter, and in particular New England House, as a hub for the creative, digital and technology sector. The main workspace for ‘ReCreate’ activity will be a commercial space (3,500 sq ft) in New England House which is currently being refurbished and transformed into a creative hub ‘The FuseBox’. This space will be managed by Wired Sussex, a Recreate partner. Included in the project is a brokerage scheme that will see empty retail premises across the city being used by artists and creative industries to showcase their work. The ‘pop up’ shop scheme will help to ensure that vacant premises are brought back into use.
There will be a strong “virtual” and physical connection between the new workspaces across the project partner areas, enabling creative entrepreneurs to share knowledge and skills and to discover new markets. There will be opportunities for individuals and businesses to take part in cross-border festivals, public realm commissions, webinars, workshops and advice sessions to encourage networking and the establishment of potential trade links.
Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr Jason Kitcat said: “This funding will support us to create the conditions needed for our outstanding artists and innovators to start up creative enterprises which will boost the city’s economic prosperity.”
Phil Jones, Managing Director of Wired Sussex said “This is a really exciting partnership. It provides a real opportunity to build on our Brighton Fuse research project and develop an innovative and internationally influential centre for providing support to creative, digital and tech businesses in Brighton and beyond.”