Cold Feet actor Robert Bathhurst was one of many to enjoy the opening of the Devonshire Collective, the new creative hub in the Devonshire Ward.
The gallery and cafe space at DC1 opened last month with launch exhibition.
The collective artists are: Hermione Allsopp, Judith Alder, Rachel Cohen, Susannah Douglas, Axel Hesslenberg, Suzanne O’Haire, Liv Pennington, Victoria Threlfall, Alexandra Valy, Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still. It has been curated by Judith Alder.
There is still time to see the exhibition, which opened on January 26 and will end on Saturday (February 11).
When it opens its doors fully in the Spring, Devonshire Collective will include five venues along Seaside Road, all within minutes walking distance from one another, providing artists’ studios, makerspaces, a workshop, a gallery and cafe.
The project will offer a resource that aims to integrate arts into the regeneration of Devonshire Ward and will involve the Hippodrome Theatre and Leaf Hall as collaborative partners, as well as having links to Towner Gallery.
In addition to Eastbourne Borough Council’s commitment to the project, the initiative has been made possible by securing funding from Devonshire West Big Local and East Sussex County Council.
The project is also part of the Driving Devonshire Forward initiative and has been designed to spearhead independent retailers and deliver a range of creative projects to attract audiences, provide employment, engage the community and promote wellbeing.