Artists Support our Crowdfunder #BringBackBrightonDome with Brighton Festival Prints
24 Sep 2020
A series of exclusive, high quality screen prints now available!
We selected four art works after surveying our nearest and dearest which they preferred from our 54-year back catalogue of Brighton Festival brochure covers.
The favourites were:
- Visual artist David Shrigley’s illustration from 2018
- Leading design agency Johnson Banks and Brighton tattoo artist Adam Sage’s design for poet and musician Kae Tempest’s festival in 2017
- A 1972 graphic of Brighton palace pier, unknown artist
- A firework display image from 1988, graphic designer Martin Sharp
These prints have been produced and supported by local fine art screen printers, The Private Press who have hand-made the artworks as full colour A2 screen prints in their Brighton studio. GF Smith, makers of fine quality paper have also donated premium stock to produce a high-quality finish.
Click here to reserve your print before they all go!
Why support #BringBackBrightonDome
Back in March, when we had to close the doors to Brighton Dome and cancel Brighton Festival, we lost a whopping 67% of income from ticket sales overnight. That hammer blow was felt up and down the country by thousands of other theatres and arts venues, some of which are now at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.
Our future depends on filling our venues with amazing culture and entertainment night after night. Normally we would be welcoming over 500,000 people a year to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. But now, with social distancing, hosting an economically viable event is impossible and stands to stay that way for quite some time.
We are delighted Brighton-based artist David Shrigley is backing our campaign, he shares why:
“As a Brighton resident, it was an honour to be the Guest Director of Brighton Festival in 2018 and to see how much joy it gave to people. I was extremely saddened that Brighton Dome was forced to close and Lemn Sissay’s Festival cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. By helping to support this campaign it gives us all a glimmer of hope that we will be able to enjoy live art events again in the city.”
And local creative business Gary Parselle, Founder of The Private Press added:
“It’s been a pleasure to support Brighton Dome with their fundraising campaign. It was so interesting looking through the range of artists’ work in the Brighton Festival archive and re-produce them as new prints. The venue and the festival bring so much to the city’s cultural life and as a local business, we wanted to do our bit to make sure they can get through this difficult time.”
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Your donations will help towards an additional £250,000 we need to raise in the next year in order to bring back live performances for all, and in turn supporting the entire city’s theatre and arts community.
Initially, we asked our community to help us raise £25,000, and in just two weeks we have over £23,000! So we are now stretching our target to £40,000 and we need to hit that mark by 20 October.
Your help in doing so will be invaluable!
By donating to #BringBackBrightonDome, you will be bringing back live performance to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival 2021 and in turn supporting the entire city’s theatre and arts community.