Council officers tour Eastbourne's new creative hub

Senior council officers have been given a tour of Eastbourne's new creative and cultural hub.

Thursday, 16th February 2017, 5:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:55 am
Council officers visited the Devonshire Collective SUS-170216-172918001

Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council Cllr David Tutt, 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 are now open to the public.

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 provide 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 Devonshire Collective comprises three buildings.

DC1 is at 67-69 Seaside Road and houses a contemporary café and gallery with space available for events, workshops, seminars and training.

DC2 at 137-139 Seaside Road – 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.

Finally, 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.