Free Brighton home for community arts groups

As work on the planning of the Rampion Visitor Centre continues, use of its site, in two arches at the Brighton seafront just east of the i360, has been provided rent free to two local community arts organisations – Exploring Senses and Pop-Up Brighton.

The 80 square metre space will be home to both Exploring Senses and Pop-Up Brighton until the end of August 2018, having moved in to share the venue in October 2017.

Exploring Senses is a group of artists, educators and youth workers, who collaborate, and share ideas, skills and knowledge to create and develop new engagement activities, workshops, events and exhibitions.

Working with the ethos that informal creative learning comes through playful imaginative investigation, they work in partnership with communities to create activities that are fun, popular and inspiring, and produce awesome outcomes.

Exploring Senses’ team of five host MakerLab events in the arches every day, combining arts, crafts, technology, language and science with the reuse of materials, often destined for landfill.

David Allistone of Exploring Senses said that: “The arches busy seafront location provides us with an amazing opportunity to increase our outreach and presence in the local community.

“We are running both free and pay-for activities that include Toy Hacking workshops where people learn how to dismantle old toys and remake them into new exciting hybrid creations, and 3D Drawing events where participants learn how to use 3D pens to illustrate and make 3D objects.

“The Toy Hacks and 3D pen objects are then printed on textiles such as t-shirts, tote bags, hoodies plus home ware objects such as cushions and ceramic mugs,” he added.

“We are leading the way forward in providing people with the opportunity to make and design their own lifestyle products and this is just the beginning!”

Exploring Senses is also exploring ways for MakerLabs to exist independently looking at all angles including income generation, space requirements, pricing and workshop size, types of workshops and services, training and development activity and research.

“Above all we want to be able to to create a sustainable local MakerLab community that works for people of all ages, abilities and needs. While we are on the lookout for a permanent home, the use of the arches is helping us to achieve our aims and we are very appreciative of the support from Rampion.”

For upcoming events including parties and workshops, and more about Exploring Senses, visit their website.

Exploring Senses share the space with Pop-Up Brighton, which curates pop-up art shows in and around Brighton. The arches provide them with a unique venue enabling different local artists, community groups and organisers to programme a wide range of shows.

So far the arches have opened up for different artistic disciplines showcasing Halloween-themed activities, digital artists, art on skate boards, illustrators on Grime music, a pink season focusing on LGBTQ+ artists and Love Box featuring hand picked events for couples.

Pop-Up Brighton has flourished since the small beginnings in an empty shop on the seafront in 2011, growing and evolving to help as many different creatives as possible while always ensuring it is free for them to take part.

Founder and curator Ashleigh Ward said: “Our aim has been to support local artists by giving them opportunities and exposure for free. Each show in the arches has been carefully picked and curated to involve, invigorate, and reflect the Brighton art scene.

“Having this space in such a stunning location is an exciting opportunity and I am very excited to be part of making this site a cultural hub. It really is becoming a place for up and coming artists in Brighton to exhibit, meet and enjoy. ”

For more on Pop-Up Brighton and upcoming events visit their website.













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