The abiding narrative in these straitened times is that arts organisations are on the back foot and holding on to the purse strings, so what is happening at Lighthouse is a bold step forward. We’re taking a deep breath and sending out a message that celebrates a powerful artistic statement as well as some amazing educational and participatory activities.
At our heart we must ask why we exist and for whom? The answers are complex and our audiences varied, but we feel there is a space that we should and must fulfil in order to support, nurture and celebrate the work that is and will be made in Poole and the wider Dorset area – that is where our work begins.
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Our challenge is to enable people that are already making work, or that want to make work or that have yet to find the twinkle in their eye that they will want to make work in the future. Lighthouse can be the space where they meet, where they grow and where they develop.