Newly refurbished Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre to reopen with Van Gogh Alive

25 Jan 2023

“This innovative exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to welcome audiences old and new to these unique historic spaces”

We are delighted to announce the ground-breaking immersive exhibition Van Gogh Alive will welcome back audiences to our fully restored Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre from spring this year. Running from 12 May to 6 August, this unique experience combines sound, visuals and even aromas of Provence to bring Vincent Van Gogh’s work to life.

Van Gogh Alive - a floor covered in 3D sunflowers with a path through the middle. The mirrored ceiling reflects the sunflowers and has thin blue lights.

More than 3,000 images will create a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour set to an evocative classical music soundtrack. Alongside the iconic ‘Sunflower selfie room’ that has delighted Instagram feeds across the world, Brighton visitors will be the first to see a brand new ‘Starry Night’ installation. There is also a life-sized walk-in version of Van Gogh’s bedroom (famously depicted in his Bedroom of Arles painting) and a dedicated artist studio where you can replicate Van Gogh’s artistic style.

Van Gogh Alive - a man stands silhouetted in a room with floor-to-ceiling screens. The screens are showing a Van Gogh picture of apples

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘glorious, stunning…(and) very moving’, Van Gogh Alive has toured more than 80 cities around the world, with over 8.5 million visitors. We are thrilled to partner with Grande Experiences, the team behind the event, to share new spaces with you, ahead of a packed schedule of live performances returning in the autumn. Our dedicated creative space for artists and communities Anita’s Room, supported by The Roddick Foundation, will also be available from the spring.

The exterior of the Corn Exchange. The building is pale beige stone with dramatic columns rising along the outside and has ornate arched windows

This event marks the completion of a major project to restore and protect the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre as part of a long-term vision between Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Brighton & Hove Museums to make Brighton Dome and the wider Royal Pavilion Estate a landmark centre for heritage and the arts that reflects the unique spirit of Brighton.

A visualisation of the refurbished Corn Exchange. It's a large room with a high, arched ceiling from which high quality theatre lights are suspended. People are walking around the room

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival says:

“We are thrilled that Van Gogh Alive will be the inaugural event at Brighton Dome’s newly refurbished Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. After extraordinary partnerships working with Brighton & Hove City Council, our other funders and donors and the painstaking restoration work to our venues, this innovative and immersive exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to welcome audiences old and new to these unique historic spaces.”

Van Gogh Alive tickets go on general sale from Wednesday 1 February, with adult tickets from £24 and concession tickets from £19. School group discounts are also available, along with free entry for under-fives and essential companions.

Visit our Van Gogh Alive event page for more details.