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Your frequently asked questions answered

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Here are some popular questions we get asked. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for below, drop us an email via our contact page.

Why has the Culture In Our City site been created?

Brighton & Hove is a wonderful, creative city full of possibilities. However, there is work to be done to join-up thinking, share knowledge & initiatives and ensure the arts & creative industries are inclusive and sustainable.

This site is designed to support the industry through Covid-19 recovery & to encourage city collaborations as we move forward. We hope it provides you useful information, ways to connect with others & up-to-date resources on what’s happening locally.

What is the Arts & Creative Industries Commission?

The Arts & Creative Industries Commission (ACIC) – is a group of voluntary members and cultural leaders within the city (see our People page), coming together with the mission to support the Brighton & Hove arts and creative industries sector.

They champion sector strengths & advocate the central role the arts & creative industries play in the city’s life & economy. The commission focuses on achieving five ambitions, called the ‘cultural framework’.

How is the Commission related to the Arts team at Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton & Hove Connected?

Consider us cousins.

Brighton & Hove Connected is an umbrella organisation, bringing together different parts of the public & private sector, as well as business, community and voluntary sectors across the city, so that different initiatives and services support each other and work together.

Brighton & Hove City Council Arts team support the mission of Brighton & Hove Connected, specifically working to provide leadership in the arts, cultural and creative sector as well as develop and input into cultural policies and strategies for the city. They set up the Arts & Creative Industries Commission to bring the local sector together and strengthen citywide connected thinking.

The Commission follows a ‘cultural framework’ what is this?

When the Arts & Creative Industries Commission was created, the members undertook an extensive consultation process across the city to establish five key ambitions to strengthen the arts & creative industries sector going forwards.

The ‘cultural framework’ is the result of this process. You can read the written documentation produced here. We recommend ensuring any local funding applications you partake in link to this thinking.

The Commission has five subgroups. What are these and can I be involved?

The Arts & Creative Industries Commission has developed a cultural framework for the city, which has five actions. These aims are designed to develop & strengthen the arts & creative industries in Brighton & Hove. To achieve these, the commission has set up five subgroups (see The Cultural Framework page), which look after different strands of the city’s cultural life.

Groups

arts, creative industries & wellbeing [Arts, Health & Wellbeing group]
arts, creative industries & business [Creative Coast group]
arts, creative industries & access [Open Up Arts group]
freelancers in arts & creative industries [Bursting The Bubbles group]
public art/city brand/tourism [The Brighton Experience group]
inclusion [read more on the Inclusivity Charter]

Voluntary members

Members of the commission lead the groups. Each group has voluntary members and focuses on problem-solving different industry obstacles, in order to join up thinking & access to the arts & creative industries, citywide. All groups are committed to the commission’s voluntary Inclusivity Charter.

If you have expertise to offer a particular group please email group leaders directly (contact emails are listed on the individual group pop ups on The Cultural Framework page).

I’m new to Brighton & Hove. How can I get involved in the arts & creative industries scene?

Welcome!

Arts & Creative Industries mailing list

Keeping an eye on this website and joining our arts & creative industries mailing list (bottom of our Home page) are two great ways to remain updated on what is happening in the city.

Local Events & adding a listing

Check out our Events page to see what’s upcoming, or to add your own local arts & creative industries listing. You are welcome to submit: local events or network groups and national funding, opportunities and relevant resources.

Arts Council England interactive map

The Arts Council England has an interactive map – allowing you to identify local National Portfolio Organisations / venues within the city, that you may like to contact directly, pending your interests. Each venue will be able to advise on their programming processes, upcoming events, opportunities and volunteering needs.

Further Information

Additionally, The Brighton & Hove city council website lists local galleries, live music, cinemas & public art, VisitBrighton is the city’s definitive tourism & festival guide, What’s On Brighton has daily listings and Brilliant Brighton has a city directory. Design My Night offers a range of after hours/other activities. Go out and see as much as you can – the city has cultural offers every night of the week! (Covid-19 pending).

See also
[How can I volunteer in the Arts & Creative Industries locally?]
[How can I take part in the annual Brighton Festival or Fringe?]

I’m an artist or organisation looking for funding for an arts or creative industries project/event can Brighton & Hove City Council support me?

Public Art funding

Local public art commissions are funded currently by Section 106, an act that requests financial contributions from developers to reduce the impact of new developments in the city. Funding opportunities are sent via our public art mailing list, which you can join here.

[See also: How can I be commissioned to create a piece of Public Art for the city or elsewhere?]

Communities funding

If the work you undertake benefits local community groups or if you are part of a local voluntary organisation that addresses improving wellbeing, building cohesion and promoting fairness, you can apply for The Communities Fund and The Communities and Third Sector Commissioning Prospectus Fund.

BAME Engagement funding

The BAME Engagement Fund 2020-21 has been set up to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and voluntary organisations.

The above two funds are distributed by the Equalities & Inclusion team at the city council. These funds do not support individual applications, however if you were to partner with a community group, that would increase your eligibility. Questions? equalities@brighton-hove.gov.uk

When applying for any council funds – please align your application carefully with the goals of the cultural framework document as you’ll have more chance of being successful. This will also avoid duplication of project/event requests and support a joined up approach to the development of city project proposals.

General funding

No general funding is available to support artistic projects in the city via Brighton & Hove council, for that we would recommend you approach The Arts Council England about their National Lottery Project Grants. This is a useful guide. Do also check out the external Funding page of this website, as well as our Opportunities page, where you can use the filters to narrow down your search.

How can I be commissioned to create a piece of Public Art for the city (or elsewhere)?

Public Art mailing list

Sign up to the council’s public art mailing list group for local (& national) opportunities. Every time we are notified of a commission opportunity we will send the brief & application details to you. Please note: Brighton & Hove City Council does not accept speculative applications for public art, so this is the best way to stay in touch.

If you have access needs, let us know via our contact page and we’ll do our best to send the application in a format that supports you.

The Brighton Experience group

Be sure to read The Brighton Experience group info on The Cultural Framework page of this site, this is one of the commission’s subgroups, which looks specifically at the strategy of public art within the city.

Cultural Framework & submissions

For local submissions, be sure to align your application carefully with the goals of the commission’s cultural framework document, as you’ll have more chance of being successful.

Public Art

Read more about Public Art in the city on the Brighton & Hove City Council public art page.

See also
[The Commission has five ‘sub-groups’ within it. What are these and can I be involved?]
[The Commission follows a ‘cultural framework’, what is this?]

I’ve noticed a piece of local Public Art that has been damaged – how do I report this?

Thanks for taking the time to let us know. Please email us via our contact page, stating a location, details and add an image if possible. The city is currently undergoing a public art strategy consultation. Read more about this on The Cultural Framework page / The Brighton Experience group (one of the commission’s subgroups, which looks specifically at the strategy of public art within the city). Part of the consultation will be looking at the city’s public art upkeep. Going forwards, we’ll be implementing systems to maintain our public art more regularly.

I’m a graffiti / mural artist – how would I go about being commissioned for a city piece?

Street Art mailing list

If you are a Street Artist, be sure to sign up to our Street Art mailing list by emailing arts@brighton-hove.gov.uk and if we receive commission requests, we’ll forward these on to you. The council does not accept speculative applications, so this is the best way to stay in touch.

If you have access needs, let us know via our contact page and we’ll do our best to send the application in a format that supports you.

Council permissions

The city council receives many requests from artists to access walls in the city, however it actually does not own the vast majority and unfortunately does not have funds to support street art currently.

Finding a wall

The best approach is to locate a wall, find out if it is council or privately owned (via signage, asking local residents, the interactive property map below) and then contact the owner directly.

Next, we would recommend researching what local community groups or charity organisations are active in that district of Brighton & Hove. Create a brief & contact these groups directly, suggesting them as partners to create the work, for example if the wall was in Surrey street Brighton, you could connect with the Brighton Peace & Environment Centre.

Then think about appropriate local sponsors (or donations in kind, e.g. paint companies, local businesses).

Property map 

To support your investigations, there is an interactive property map on the Brighton and Hove council website that allows you to decipher whether property is privately or council owned. This how to guide supports users using the map.

If council owned

Please only contact the city council if you have checked via the above interactive map that the wall is council owned. Please note: although an object may show as council owned, it will then fall under many different services, i.e. Highways, parks, premises. These will all have a different approval process and may have a policy to just say no. However, you are always welcome to get in touch and ask.

Conservation area

If you have a query about whether a wall/property is part of a conservation area, you can check this by getting in touch with the city council planning team directly on conservation@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Street Art Tours

Check out Enter Gallery’s Street Art Tours, happening weekly, to see what currently exists in the city.

I’d like to create an outdoors/site-specific event in the city, how would I go about this and do I need a permit from the city council?

The council is often approached about permissions to use outdoor spaces in the city – but many are not council run and have private owners you’d need to contact directly, before then requesting license or permit requirements.

Ownership

Firstly, please identify the owner of the space you are interested in (this includes shop fronts / street furniture e.g. electrical boxes & phone booths, parks, green spaces etc). This may involve some investigation e.g. looking for signage, asking locals and using the city council’s interactive property map.

Property map 

To support your investigations, there is an interactive property map on the Brighton and Hove council website that allows you to decipher whether property and land is privately or council owned. This how to guide supports users using the map. Please only contact the city council if you have checked via this map that the outdoors space is council owned.

Popular locations NOT owned by the council

Brighton Train Station: contact Network Rail.
Jubilee Square: contact Sick Festival.
Jubilee Library windows: contact Jubilee Library.
Bus Stops: contact Brighton & Hove Buses.
Car parking spaces: private owners are often named on plaques. Most local car parks are owned by NCP.
Green Spaces: not all are owned by the council, please check via this interactive map.

If identified as council owned

Once certain the space is council-owned please read this guide and be specific about your idea, including details of the exact location, an image, your proposal, duration needed, activity etc. Next you will need to contact the most relevant department to your location, to ask about permissions & permit/licensing requirements. A number of council-owned spaces have pre-existing licenses so it’s worth checking these.

Costs & Events Application form

If you would like to host an event on land owned by the council (including green spaces / parks) you will need permission from our Events Office. Download this form to see full costs and email to: eventsinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Licensing permits

To apply for licensing permits contact Environmental Health: ehl.safety@brighton-hove.gov.uk

You might need a license for a number of reasons, e.g. serving alcohol, performing a play, exhibiting a film, live music/dance. More details.

Public Art mailing list

Generally speaking, Brighton & Hove city council do not accept speculative applications for unfunded council-owned outdoors spaces, the best way to stay in touch is to sign up for our Public Art mailing list, for local (& national) opportunities.

See also
[How can I be commissioned to create a piece of Public Art in the city, or elsewhere?]
[I’m a graffiti / mural artist – how would I go about being commissioned for a city piece?]

I’m a photographer and would like to exhibit work within the city, how would I go about doing this?

Lens-based organisations

There are a number of lens-based arts organisations within the city.

PhotoFringe is a volunteer-led, collaborative platform providing essential professional development opportunities & peer-support for lens-based artists.

Photoworks is an international platform for artists and audiences and a registered charity.

Additionally, the city council website lists local galleries which may also be a useful starting point.

Exhibiting site-specifically

If you are looking to exhibit site-specifically, please identify whether the space you are interested in is privately or council owned (this may involve some investigation, perhaps talking to people in the community, looking for signage, using the interactive map below). If it is privately owned, please contact the owner directly, as the council would not hold these permissions.

Property map
To support your investigations, there is an interactive property map on the Brighton and Hove council website that allows you to decipher whether property and land is private or council owned. This how to guide supports users using the map. Please only contact the city council if you have checked via this map that the space you are interested in is council owned.

If identified as council owned

Once certain the space is council owned please be specific about your idea, including details of the exact location, an image, your proposal, duration needed, activity etc. Next you will need to contact the most relevant department to your location, to ask about permissions & permit/licensing requirements. A number of council owned spaces have pre-existing licenses so it’s worth checking these.

Popular areas

If you would like to host an event on land owned by the council, you need permission from our Events Office: eventsinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk
The Seafront: contact seafrontoffice@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Traffic/Highways: contact highwayevents@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Hove Lawns / Valley Gardens/ Green spaces/ Parks: eventsinfo@brighton-hove.gov.uk

See also
[I’d like to create an outdoors/site-specific event in the city, how would I go about this and do I need a permit from the city council?]
[How do I host a pop-up shop / exhibit or perform in an empty shop window in the city?]

 

How do I host a pop-up shop / exhibit or perform in an empty shop window in the city?

Ownership

The council does not own / host permissions for many shops & shop windows within the city. Firstly, please carefully investigate who owns the space you are interested in by looking for signage, asking locals and using the city council’s interactive property map below.

Property map

To support your investigations, there is an interactive property map on the Brighton and Hove council website that allows you to decipher whether property is private or council owned. This how to guide supports users using the map.

If privately owned

If you discover the space is privately owned, please contact the owner to ask for permission. Once you have permission, you can then contact the council to discuss licensing / permits and the details of your event by getting in touch with the relevant team.

Licensing permits

To apply for licensing permits contact Environmental Health on: ehl.safety@brighton-hove.gov.uk

You might need a license for a number of reasons, e.g. serving alcohol, performing a play, exhibiting a film, live music/dance. More details.

If council owned

All Brighton & Hove council properties are managed by Avison Young real estate so the best way to find any unused property is to check out their website, refining your search to Brighton to see what is available to rent. Each property listing has a contact you’ll need to get in touch with directly, regarding availability. Once the property is leased to you, you may need to contact the council for licenses / permits (see above).

Jubilee Library windows

Jubilee Library are occasionally able to display / offer usage of their windows. Please contact Jubilee Library directly to request permission. Once received, if licenses / permits are required get in touch with the Environmental Health team at the council (depending on your proposal).

Brilliant Brighton pop-up shop project

As of September 2020 Brilliant Brighton (a not-for-profit organisation, formed of 517 businesses within Brighton city centre to make Brighton a fantastic place to work, live and visit) has partnered with Brighton & Hove City Council to utilise the city’s vacant premises. The project is initially running for six months and will predominately focus on creating pop-up shop opportunities. However, they are also looking for organisations interested in dressing windows/ creating art installations to improve the appearance of vacant properties too. If you are interested in hosting a pop-up shop or being involved in window dressing please email: admin@brightonbid.com

Please note: for pop-up shops, please let Brilliant Brighton know your rental budget and how long you would like to have a temporary store for.

How do I add a listing to this site for a local event or network, opportunity, fund, network or resource?

Please head over to our contribute page to submit an entry.

Please Note

Listings for local arts & creative industries events & groups and national funding, opportunities and relevant resources are welcomed. Unfortunately if your Event is not local it will not be eligible.

Submissions are updated every ten days, please bear in mind this time turnaround when sending through your entry.

Submissions are checked and if not relevant to the sector will not be listed.

Due to the volume of entries received – only submissions submitted via the contribute page will be added.

If you have an access need and require support let us know and we will do our utmost to help.

How can I volunteer in the Arts & Creative Industries locally?

A number of city organisations offer voluntary schemes including: FABRICA & ONCA galleries, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton Festival, Springboard Festival, Little Green Pig (young writers), Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton Museum & Brighton Digital Festival. Community Works has an excellent local volunteer opportunity directory.

The Arts Council England has an interactive map – allowing you to identify local National Portfolio Organisations / venues within the city, that you may like to contact directly to see what their current needs are.