Open Venues

Open Venues is an initiative encouraging venue-based cultural institutions to provide their space free of charge to artists for creative and professional development opportunities.

Open Venues was set up in Brighton in August 2020 and is currently run at Fabrica and Brighton Dome.

The initiative was set up following a consultation with Brighton based artists and performers and aims to provide artists the time and space to develop new work while connecting cultural organisations to local talent.

Our long term aim is to:

encourage other venue based cultural organisations in Brighton to join the initiative

develop the initiative to create a network of interconnected venues providing a production hub for the city

encourage other artist-led networks across the UK to replicate this model by sharing the knowledge and experience we gained so far


We are running 3 consultations this summer with visual and performing artists. We want to hear your views and ideas about our vision for Open Venues and find out more about your needs.
Theatre Makers – 7 July, 1 pm:
Dancers – 14 July, 1 pm:
Visual Artists – 21 July, 1 pm:

For artists

We advertise available time slots to all of our members at the beginning of each month. To find out about available dates become a member.

For organisations

Want to support local artists? Interested in joining the initiative? Please contact us at

Do you run an artists network?

Are you interested in replicating Open Venues elsewhere in the UK? We’d love to share our experience to help you get set up. Please email us at