A new contemporary art gallery and project space will soon open in the centre of Newhaven, providing a permanent home for contemporary art and putting the town on the map of cultural destinations along the Sussex Coast. Newhaven Art Space is the brainchild of Helen Turner and Nick Marsh, the experienced artists and educators behind Newhaven Art Projects (NAP) and the long-running Newhaven Open Call, which has seen dozens of artists exhibit their work at various pop up locations around the town.

The gallery opens on Thursday 1st September with an exhibition of work by the founding artists, and will be open Thursday – Saturday each week. Visit to stay updated on the gallery news and full programme of events.

Image: Bunny © Helen Turner 2020

The Grassroots Awards

We’re excited about the six winners of the inaugural Newhaven Grassroots Awards, who will share £15,500 to produce events this Summer. These six Newhaven based projects will form part of the BN9 Cultural Programme. Look out for these projects as they take place this summer and get to know the winners:

The Living Coast Undersea Experience (@kpprojectsCIC) will be bringing a unique interactive virtual reality experience and 360-degree film of Newhaven’s Beachy Head Marine Conservation Zone’s underwater world, which is home to one of the world’s only chalk reefs, with unique species of plants & animal life.

Photo Fringe (@photofringe) invites local residents to reimagine Newhaven and explore personal hopes and dreams. Using  photography, archive material and their own stories, local participants will create photomontage artworks to be shown as a town-centre exhibition during the tenth Photo Fringe festival in October.

Newhaven Youth Club (@newhaven_youth_centre) will be producing an immersive youth-led fashion-show, incorporating music, dance, performance and costumes exploring themes of ‘identity’. This showcase will provide young people the opportunity express creative ideas and interests and develop their skills and confidence.

KDE Dance (@katiedaleeverettdance) will be using the funding to develop P.L.A.Y, new work which responds to the mental health crisis, growing popularity of interactive media and isolation many felt during the pandemic and explores how motion capture and dance can open people up to play and exploration.

Hospitable Environment (@hositable_environment) are refurbishing their community bread oven and will be bringing it to the Hillcrest Community Centre and to help build a social space for Newhaveners which will positively benefit community wellbeing. They aim to use the oven to make food with the community at our events such as Soup and Social.

Creative Force (@creativeforceuk) and Inroads will be bringing to Newhaven a pilot intergenerational project called, BOOM TEEN, this August. Boom Teen will bring together Generation Z and Baby Boomers to share their experiences of being a teenager in Newhaven at very different times, through storytelling, music and dance.

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