Brighton-based arts charity South East Dance has been given a £95,000 funding boost for its capital building project to create a new home for dance in the region.
The Dance Space is due for completion next year and will be the first publicly funded arts building to open in Sussex for more than a decade.
Featuring a double-height performance space – enclosed in one of the building’s three studios – and a floor of office space for creative businesses, the Dance Space will provide a creation space for professional dance artists and companies, as well as hosting a year-round programme of classes and community projects.
It will cost £6.6 million to build, of which 98% has now been raised, thanks to an addition £95,000 from a number of donors and grant-giving organisations including the Pebble Trust, the Rampion Fund and the Jamie Watton Fund, set up to support South East Dance in the name of its late artistic director, who died in 2018.
South East Dance said Brighton and the wider South-East region has one of the largest dance communities in the UK, but many are forced to travel elsewhere to create work.
Artistic director Cath James said: “Our vision for a green and sustainable home for dance and dance artists that is accessible for everyone has been more than a decade in the making so we are over the moon to have reached this new milestone.”
South East Dance supports artists to create new work, increase participation in dance in the South East and help grow the sector’s infrastructure.