Supporters of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) have raised over £70,000 towards our crowdfunding campaign #BringBackBrightonDome and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen.
In just 42 days, 963 donors contributed to the final total which was initially set at £25,000, when it launched on 8 September as part of the nationwide #SaveOurTheatres campaign. The community appeal featured rewards for supporters to purchase, including art prints from Brighton Festival’s archive.
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said:
“The public’s response to our campaign has surpassed all our expectations and our thanks go to everyone who has contributed through donations, as well as the heart-warming messages that have spurred us on during closure.We couldn’t have done this without the generosity of the artists and designers who gave permission for us to reproduce their work and to local businesses for their time and effort. This financial help, together with the award we received from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, means we can be optimistic about bringing arts and culture back to the venue and the wider community in the future.”
Following our venue’s closure in March and the cancellation of Brighton Festival 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we lost 67% of our self-generated income through ticket sales and events. The 1,800 capacity Concert Hall is only able to offer vastly reduced attendances of socially distanced performances and the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatres are undergoing major refurbishment until autumn 2021. As a registered arts charity we asked for the public’s support towards raising a proportion of the additional £250,000 needed to help us recover over the next year.
Artist Morag Myerscough added:
“I love Brighton and I was so excited when I was asked to create this new artwork for the #BringBackBrightonDome campaign. My work is rooted in creating a sense of joy and belonging and I have always felt strongly that we need art in every form to stimulate us and transport us from the everyday, especially at this time it feels essential for our wellbeing.”
Remaining handmade print editions by renowned artists Morag Myerscough, David Shrigley, Martin Sharp and Adam Sage/Johnson Banks are still available to purchase online from Brighton based studio, The Private Press, proceeds from sales go towards Brighton Dome’s fundraising.
Purchase a print here