Opening at Brighton Dome for an exclusive three-month run, Van Gogh Alive will be the first event to welcome back audiences to the fully restored venues since work began in 2017 to restore the Grade I and II listed Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.
Located on the Royal Pavilion Estate, the venues have a rich history spanning over 200 years (starting life as the Prince Regent’s stables and riding house), providing an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive.
The restoration of these historic buildings is the result of a long-term vision between Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Brighton & Hove Museums (formerly the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust) to reunite the historic Royal Pavilion estate as a major UK cultural destination.
With the first phase of the Royal Pavilion Estate regeneration project almost complete, this historic collaboration will position Brighton Dome and the wider Estate as a landmark centre for heritage and the arts, equipping it for a sustainable future which reflects the unique spirit of Brighton.
Phélim Mac Cafferty, Council Leader, Brighton & Hove City Council said:
“It is only fitting that the first art exhibition in the city’s new Corn Exchange will celebrate Van Gogh, an artist renowned for his innovative technique and unique view on the world. We are thrilled that the city’s newest arts venue is able to attract this prestigious Van Gogh Alive exhibit.
“Brighton Dome as we know it today was built when Van Gogh was a teenager, so this is a powerful marriage of people and place; a visionary building with a celebrated artist. As well as offering an inspiring new way to see this art, Van Gogh Alive will afford visitors an opportunity to appreciate the magnificently restored heritage features. These along with the innovative new spaces have created a sought after venue for artists and performers for many years to come.
“We have worked hard with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Brighton & Hove Museums to bring these iconic buildings back to life. Such a landmark opening exhibition signals a bold, new start for the city.”