Build Brighton Dome

Build Our Future. Imagine Our Past. Be there.

  • £6,007

    pledged of £200,000

    • 27

      sponsors

    • 39

      days left

This project has no minimum! This project will receive all pledges made by midnight, Sat 30 Jun 2018

Build Brighton Dome

Why we need your support

Help us breathe new life into our historic venue and build more dynamic spaces for all to enjoy.

Much more than a Concert Hall…

  • 1 in 3.5 households in the city engage with our activities
  • Last year we reached 669,617 audiences, participants & visitors
  • 17,725 people took part in creative learning activities
  • Presented over 30 world and UK premiers

We are refurbishing our Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre to improve your experiences at our pioneering events. Along with reviving long-lost heritage features, we are also building a dedicated creative space for workshops and rehearsals, a delightful street-facing café and other public spaces in the venue where you can hang out, relax and enjoy the iconic architecture at the heart of our city.

When complete, our transformational project will bring you

  • A beautifully restored Corn Exchange highlighting the wooden beams and restoring the iconic windows within the building
  • A refitted and remodelled Studio Theatre adding more seats and making the venue accessible to all
  • A new Creative Studio for artists and our community to use and explore their creativity
  • A delightful new street-facing café adding to the buzz of Brighton
  • Two new bars and extra public amenities
  • Upgraded seating, better accessibility for all and new state-of-the-art acoustics, temperature controls and flooring
  • New public spaces to enjoy the history and architecture of the building plus a viewing gallery into the Corn Exchange
  • Dynamic and appealing displays in the venue showcasing our history

Benefits

We are creating new spaces for everyone to enjoy and engage with pioneering arts events from music, dance, theatre and comedy to heritage displays and education projects, or to simply socialise.

With this project we will be providing

  • Even more internationally acclaimed and ground-breaking arts and artists
  • Outstanding sound quality and sightlines, comfortable temperature controls and spacious seating
  • Open public spaces for you to enjoy the building, its architecture and its historical moments
  • Delightful spaces for you to eat and drink pre and post show, or simply visit if you are passing by

What makes us different?

These buildings have formed the backdrop for thousands of memorable moments for over 200 years.

Prince Regent built Brighton Dome as a grand riding house and stables. Later, Victorian gentry donned their roller-skates and rumbled and roared under the grand arches of our Corn Exchange. During WWI, over 4,000 soldiers were nursed back to health in a make-shift hospital sited across the Royal Pavilion Estate. And in WW2, allied soldiers danced their cares away every Saturday night with local Brightonians.

Brighton Dome has been an art installation, a thwarted suffragette protest, a boxing ring, a conference hall, held graduation ceremonies and of course responsible for hundreds of eclectic, pioneering and boundary pushing performances.

The importance of our buildings to Brighton is significant. Brighton Dome is the first building of the Regency culture in Brighton and the Corn Exchange roof is the widest span timber frame building in the country. As a venue the Corn Exchange is a one of a kind, there is no other space quite like it.

The history of these iconic buildings needs protecting for future generations and for the future of our city.

What will your support mean?

Brighton Dome is a symbol of Brighton & Hove’s vibrant spirit and its future.

Life for Brighton Dome started as Prince Regent’s riding house and stables, over the centuries we have transformed  but always remained at the heart of our community.

Now, as the largest and most dynamic multi-arts venue in the south east, we have touched thousands of lives; you’ve graduated, danced, laughed, cried, fallen in love and married under our roof.

Your support will enable us to reach our fundraising target and complete our building project.  We will protect and restore the buildings rich heritage and continue to provide the very best arts and culture in Brighton & Hove and to enrich and change lives through the work we do in our community.

We may have begun as a playground for a Prince but we’re reopening for everyone.

With over 90% of funding in place, help us go all the way.

Now it’s your time take a leading role in helping us to build our future and support the arts in our city.

Imagine Our Past. Build Our Future. Be there.