Devonshire Collective is a managed entity, establishing and maintaining a self-sustaining economic model in order to support and develop emerging, mid-career and established artists across the visual and performance spectrum.

Background

In 2016, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Housing Investment Company supported the transformation of three of its properties on Seaside Road and Seaside into creative spaces (DC1, DC2, DC3), to be leased to the Devonshire Collective C.I.C. for the benefit of artists and community members. Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre and Royal Hippodrome Theatre are part of the Devonshire Collective as DC+ Associates. The initiative is supported by Devonshire West Big Local and was originally set up by B&R Productions, who were commissioned by Eastbourne Borough Council to deliver the project.

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

DC2 at 137-139 Seaside Rd houses four artists’ studios, four pods and two makerspaces: Eastbourne Studio Pottery and The Print Room, offering a wide range of accessible courses for all levels.

DC3 at 1-5 Seaside houses the Workshop, a multi-purpose space for making, building and classes.

Ethos

Devonshire Collective is a managed entity, establishing and maintaining a self-sustaining economic model in order to support and develop emerging, mid-career and established artists across the visual and performance spectrum.

Through our work, we provide opportunities for community engagement, nurturing social cohesion and supporting cultural and economic regeneration.

The Devonshire Collective’s guiding principles are to:
•   Support and develop emerging, mid career and established artists across the visual and performance spectrum
•  Promote socially engaged creative practice
•   Create opportunites for community engagement
•   Offer training and professional development
•   Encourage, promote and practice wider social benefits

Governance

A Community Interest Company (The Devonshire Collective C.I.C.) holds the head lease and employs the staff involved in day-to-day management with Arts Advisory and Finance sub-committees.

DC Staff

Programme Development Manager: Amy Zamarripa Solis
Administrator: Rory Prout
Venue Technician: Jason Williams

Bookkeeper: Lesley Maiden AICB (Prontac Data Services)

Membership

Full membership £60 per annum or free to studio holders

This includes:

Full membership £60 per annum or free to studio holders
Promotion on the Devonshire Collective website and social media
Up to 50% discount on DC venue hires
Discounts on hires of DC Associate venues, Leaf Hall and the Royal Hippodrome
Discount in the DC1 café
Discount at participating local retailers, restaurants and venues (TBC)
Members monthly social event
Advance mailing of newsletter and all offers

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