Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) release print by David Shrigley #BringBackBrightonDome Crowdfunder campaign
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) has joined the national #SaveOurTheatres crowdfunding campaign by the Theatres Trust to help prevent the permanent closure of UK theatres.
Since March 2020, Brighton Dome is amongst hundreds of theatres and arts venues across the country currently closed for live events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Following Brighton Dome’s closure and the cancellation of Brighton Festival 2020, the organisation lost 67% of its self-generated income through ticket sales and events. With the continued uncertainty around when large-scale live events might return, the registered arts charity is asking the community to raise £25,000 for the #BringBackBrightonDome appeal which will help towards the additional £250,000 it needs to raise in the next year.
Supporters can choose a range of ‘rewards’ for different levels of donation, including limited edition prints; ticket vouchers; signed posters and personal backstage tours. The prints on offer include four exclusive screenprints of favourite Brighton Festival brochure cover art works. The available works were selected by audience members from Brighton Festival’s back catalogue from the last 54 years and include visual artist David Shrigley’s illustration from 2018; Brighton tattoo artist Adam Sage and leading design agency Johnson Banks created poet and musician Kate Tempest’s artwork in 2017; a 1972 graphic of Brighton palace pier and a firework display image from 1988, both by unknown artists. These A2 (420 x 594 mm) deluxe prints have been lovingly handmade by Brighton's The Private Press and with premium paper donated by GF Smith.
Brighton-based artist David Shrigley explains why he’s backing the campaign:
“As a Brighton resident, it was an honour to be the Guest Director of Brighton Festival in 2018 and to see how much joy it gave to people. I was extremely saddened that Brighton Dome was forced to close and Lemn Sissay’s Festival cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. By helping to support this campaign it gives us all a glimmer of hope that we will be able to enjoy live art events again in the city."