In both the Joint Core Strategy Document for Lewes and feedback from the January public consultation workshops indicated there is support for artistic and creative facilities in Lewes. To inform this we commissioned an artistic and creative audit of artists’ studios and performance venues in the town. The overall aim is to ensure that the right mix of artistic and creative facilities is retained in the town, reflecting priorities in the Lewes District Local Plan (Part 1) Joint Core Strategy Submission document (2013).
1) Use this opportunity to influence how proposed developments within the town can meet the demand for artistic/creative space in a co-ordinated way.
2) Establish a Creative Forum for the town to develop an ‘holistic’ approach to identifying and seeking funding support for creative space; to develop a co-ordinated approach to market and audience development; and to ensure that availability of space in existing venues is co- ordinated.
3) Any proposals to develop new cultural spaces within the town should be subject to a detailed appraisal to ensure that they are financially viable, and sustainable; they fit within wider strategic aims; and they do not have negative displacement impacts on existing creative spaces and venues.
4) Attempts should be made to retain the creative essence that has developed in the North Street Quarter, where this is economically viable and any proposals for providing creative spaces should be developed in conjunction with the town’s creative community.
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