Phoenix Brighton’s Vision and Strategy
To establish ‘Phoenix Brighton’ as a major, independent, regional
- Centre of artistic activity that brings together artists and the public in a setting that encourages creativity, collaboration and exchange
- Supporter of a diverse range of artists’ practice providing affordable studio facilities and creative professional development opportunities
- Gallery presenting a high profile public programme of contemporary art exhibitions and events accompanied by an integrated programme of educational activities
- Inclusive organisation delivering its activities from an accessible, sustainable and fit for purpose building
To create the conditions in which artists can develop their practice, and the public can engage with and participate in the creative process of making art. We believe that this process is as important and valuable as the end product, and is central to the way we deliver our artistic strategy.
Phoenix Brighton runs a gallery, an education programme, residencies, events, and provides over 100 artists’ studios all under one roof. We wish to reflect and cross-reference this unique and synergistic combination of activities by collaborating with local, national and international artists, curators and organisations and providing a setting where imagination, experimentation, dialogue and critical engagement are fostered and celebrated.
With its distinctive history and responsiveness to the ideas and needs of practicing artists, Phoenix is characterized by a flexibility and independence of vision which allows us to function both within and beyond the parameters of the arts mainstream. We are guided by a common interest in investigating the creative process in its many permutations, and placing this into a wider critical context. Our audience’s encounter with art is enhanced by a range of measures which deepen and enrich their experience and facilitate engagement. Both artists and audience participate in the vital and vibrant life of the imagination and connect with a wider creative community when they enter the building.