Senior Eastbourne Council Officials Tour New Creative Hub

Friday 17th February 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Devonshire Collective Opening

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:

  • DC1 at 67-69 Seaside Road which houses a contemporary café and gallery with space available for events, workshops, seminars and training.
  • DC2 at 137-139 Seaside Road – which was formerly the Cash Converters building - houses artists’ studios and two makerspaces: Eastbourne Studio Pottery and The Print Room, offering a wide range of accessible courses for all levels.
  • DC3 at 1-5 Seaside houses the Workshop, a multi-purpose space for making, building and classes.

The Royal Hippodrome Theatre and Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre are also associate venues.

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