ABCD Plan for Cultural Recovery

Right Here, Right Now: where next for culture in our city and how?




A lot has happened since the ABCD Plan for Cultural Recovery in Brighton & Hove was published at the end of 2020. The world has changed, although the pandemic is still with us, and we’ve all learnt and experienced a great deal.


It’s a good moment to reflect, but mainly to look forwards, and on 15 June ABCD held a session to share ideas and priorities about the future of culture in the city.


It was an open space event, so the agenda was set by participants on the day. You can read the report from the session here.


The ABCD Governance Group are reviewing the outcomes and will use them to help shape the ABCD programme for the next six months, and also inform the discussion on what comes after the cultural recovery programme concludes at the end of the year.


Watch this space for updates and sign up to the newsletter to make sure you don’t miss anything.


If you have any questions, contact Polly Gifford, ABCD Programme Manager, [email protected]

The disruption of the pandemic brought together over 100 creatives in Brighton & Hove to explore how arts & culture can be more inclusive, sustainable and collaborative in the City in the future.

It resulted in a recovery plan that has so far raised over £400k for the cultural sector in the City. Overseen by an independent group of people formed of a Governance Group and a series of Working Groups, the plan aims to create paid work and opportunities for creative workers in the City, develop a more inclusive cultural offer and encourage partnership working to strengthen the creative sector in the long term.

Our partners include Brighton & Hove City Council, Arts Council England, Brilliant Brighton Business Improvement District, Visit Brighton the Pebble Trust and many funded arts organisations in the City.

The ABCD projects were also funded by the Welcome Back Fund, part of the European Regional Development Fund.


You can find recordings of all the ABCD online activity on our YourTube channel, including the Igniter Events Series, Creativity & Meanwhile Use sessions, Fundraising Strategy workshops and Brighton Creative Stories videos.


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ABCD Projects

Alternative Tours

Led by Sussex Dance Network, the tours will offer new perspectives of the city centre.  The tours will be led...
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Brighton Creative Stories Campaign

Led by Storythings, who have created five short films that profile creative and cultural businesses and organisations in the city....
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Community-led Events Development

Led by Tarner Community Project, working closely with young people in the Tarner Park area, the project will present a new...
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Creativity & Meanwhile Use Training

Led by Meanwhile Space, Creativity & Meanwhile Use training will introduce the opportunities for accessing temporary space in the city...
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Culture in Our City website

Led by LMNOP Studios this project involves redevelopment and redesign of the website to act as a hub for opportunity...
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Enliven Brighton Art Trail

Led by Wolfströme Design, the trail will encourage and entice people to explore the city centre and discover stories along...
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Igniter Events

Led by always possible, Igniter Events are an online series of  events focused on inspiring ideas, exploring new ways of...
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Leadership Training

Led by the hub, this project provides support and training to 15 creative and cultural leaders to adapt to future...
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Meanwhile Use: Toolkit

Meanwhile Use is a way to unlock underused spaces. Whether you are an artist looking for space for a new...
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Third Thursdays

Led by videoclub, Third Thursdays is a platform to commission and present new and existing outdoor projections and live music in...
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ABCD Opportunities

All the upcoming events and opportunities across the ABCD project.

Theatre503: Submissions open for 2023 International Playwriting Award

The winning playwright will receive £6,000 including the Carne Prize and a guaranteed production at Theatre503.
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Alternative Tours of Brighton & Hove: Workshop Participants Call Out

Sussex Dance Network are looking for workshop participants to develop a series of Alternative Tours of Brighton & Hove, as...
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Watch videos from the events and the Storythings videos.

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Latest ABCD Resources

ABCD Fundraising Strategy Workshop 1 with Rachel D’Souza-Siebert

Many people feel that their fundraising strategy needs refreshing, rethinking or restarting but don’t know where to begin. With so many uncertainties where do you start?...
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ABCD Fundraising Strategy Workshop 2 with Wayne Murray

Many people feel that their fundraising strategy needs refreshing, rethinking or restarting but don’t know where to begin. With so many uncertainties where do you start?...
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Other ABCD projects

Equality & Safety of Women in the Arts

Supported by the Safer Streets Night Time economy funding. The project aims to develop resources around gender equality and women’s safety, such as a toolkit to women workers (safety info, travel, local services, how to report misconduct, etc.); run workshops for venues and other NTE partners, run consultations and establish a working group to support the project.

Fundraising Strategy Workshops

Two online workshops supported by Cause 4 that explored equity, diversity and inclusion through a Community-Centric Fundraising lens and a ‘human centered’ approach to fundraising strategy development.

% for Cultural Recovery

Organisations in the City applying for the third round of the Cultural Recovery Fund were asked to contribute 3% of their award to a central fund to support the cultural recovery programme. 10 organisations did so and their contribution has supported ongoing freelancer involvement in the ABCD programme and decision making process.