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ReCreate fund to support Brighton creative industries

Posted on Monday, 14 January by

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Good news arts-inclined entrepreneurs! Brighton & Hove City Council and Wired Sussex have secured £6.2 million 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 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.

The city’s currently unused or unusable spaces will also be creatively brought back into use. 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. A ‘pop up’ shop scheme will help to ensure that empty premise are well used. This will also support the development of the New England Quarter, and in particular New England House, as a hub for the creative, digital and technology sector.

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 webinars, workshops and advice sessions to encourage networking and the establishment of potential trade links.

Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said: “This is a fantastic opportunity; this funding will help to create the conditions needed for our outstanding artists and innovators to start up creative enterprises which will in turn provide a 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.

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For more information on this venture, visit the Wired Sussex website.

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Lewis Scrafton
22. Co-founder and editor of SQ Magazine. Studying at University of Sussex. Interned at MATTER and published in The Guardian.

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