A group of Hove artists facing eviction from their premises on School Road in Hove are looking for somewhere new to get creative.
Situated in the Westerman Complex, Red Herring Studios is currently home to 23 artists who have used the space for 32 years. But the building is set to be knocked down by developers who plan to replace it with a complex including offices and 100 homes.
In the planning application, the developer’s planning consultant says that the current units are outdated and could attract higher rents and levels of employment if updated. But the members of Red Herring, which has a lease expiring this June, say the move is a classic example of gentrification.
Chris McHugh, co-founder of Red Herring, said: “With property prices rising, and suitable industrial sites getting scarcer, it will be a challenge to find an affordable new home for this well-established and vital artistic community.
“How do we value art and creativity in our community? How can we expect artists to produce the work that is enjoyed in galleries, private homes, schools and public spaces without affordable studios in which to make it?”
Westows soft play and the Written Word church, who also use the building, are facing eviction as well. To combat the loss of community facilities, the developers are proposing to pay the council £288,990 towards open space and indoor sports.
If you know of a large space within commuting distance of Brighton and Hove, recommend the venue Red Herring Studios by clicking here. The current space measures 8,000 square feet (740 square metres), but any suitable space will be considered.
Featured Image: 360° panoramic photo of the main room at Red Herring Studios, taken by Nick Sayers.