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OUR STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS AND ARTS SECTOR SUPPORT


Last updated: 19 March


COVID-19, our upcoming programme, and support for the affected arts sector in these uncertain times.


Our team is closely following the situation related to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. For the safety of our team, artists and attendants we have rescheduled The Space in Sound programme for September, and are currently adapting other scheduled events for digital presentation. We have not taken these decisions lightly, but believe it to be the best for the sake of the community to make proactive changes while we have the chance to reduce health risks to everyone connected to the events. Lighthouse’s venue hire is closed until further notice. Please contact info@lighthouse.org.uk to discuss bookings for Summer 2020 and beyond.

UPCOMING EVENTS


The Space in Sound symposium (consisting of talks, performances and workshops) that was set to take place at Lighthouse and The Old Market on 24th-25th March is now going to happen on 17th-18th September, same time and place.

Purchased tickets will be transferred to the rearranged dates or you will be offered a refund if you are no longer able to attend. Please see event page for more information.

We are still very excited to share with you what we have planned. We hope that you will join us in the Autumn for what will be an incredible, inspiring and, above all, safe event.


Lighthouse Young Creatives Showcase (part of Viral) will take place in the coming weeks as planned, but adapted to a digital format. More news on this will be available as plans develop.


The Informals II (part of now-cancelled Brighton Festival 2020) is in the process of re-development for online presentation, and we will be updating audiences via our website and social media channels when we have news.


SUPPORT

These decisions are hugely impacting artists, speakers, and freelancers from our local community and those who were set to come from around the world to share their work in our programmed events, as well as the arts and cultural sector as a whole. It is critical for us to mobilise and provide any support we can in this unprecedented time.

If you are able to contribute a donation it would greatly contribute to our efforts to ensure our organisation and its network of creatives are getting the care and aid necessary. Lighthouse is a registered charity and hugely relies on our commercial venue hire and ticket sales (both of which have been compromised due to Coronavirus) for financial stability.

Donate to Lighthouse here:
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Some of the first artists affected by Lighthouse’s decision to postpone its programme are musicians and composers invited to perform at The Space in Sound Symposium. You can support them by purchasing their music. This Friday, 20th March, Bandcamp are waiving artist fees for all purchases to ensure musicians are getting maximum pay for their work. Click on the artists’ names below to visit their Bandcamp pages:

Nina Pixel
Ji Youn Kang
Lee Gamble
Rie Nakajima
Hugo Esquinca

And you can stream music for Fedde ten Berge.


If you or your peers are financially affected by widespread public event cancellations, reach out to the Support Networks put in place for artists, creatives and beyond:

Mutual Aid
COVID-19 UK-wide List of Mutual Aid Groups
Mutual Aid in Sussex

Food
Queercare COVID-19 food networking
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership can be contacted for aid with food and advice on keeping a healthy diet.

Work
COVID-19 Freelance Artist resources – an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
Information about future contracts and securing payments in advance
Work for freelancers and small businesses
An online notice board to advertise your skills and get job opportunities.
Creative Industries Federation free membership for the upcoming 6 months.
Adobe Creative Cloud two-months free membership

Mental Health
DIY Art Therapy Workshop

We will be updating this page as the situation develops, and will be adding recommendations.

Our thoughts are with everyone who is being affected by this situation and we pass on our very best wishes to all of you and your loved ones.


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