Councillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, the council’s Chief Executive Robert Cottrill and Director of Tourism and Enterprise Phil Evans were given a tour of the Devonshire Collective venues which form Eastbourne’s new creative and cultural hub.
The Devonshire Collective CIC (Community Interest Company) was created by a council-led initiative following a grant successfully applied for from the government’s Coastal Community Fund. The venues are now open to the public, providing artists’ studios, makerspaces, a workshop, gallery, café and space available for events and training.
Cllr Tutt said, “This is a fantastic boost for Eastbourne’s thriving creative sector, providing a great opportunity to develop local emerging artists and getting people engaged in creative projects.
“In addition, the Devonshire Collective is playing a crucial role in stimulating the regeneration of this part of Devonshire Ward which connects the town centre and seafront.”
The three buildings that comprise the Devonshire Collective are:
The Royal Hippodrome Theatre and Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre are also associate venues.