Artists are our currency. They light up all we do and give purpose to our business.

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.

Artistic Producer Stephen Wrentmore

We aspire to be part of a network of extraordinary art that, through a collective endeavour, means the people of the South West have access to quality creative experiences on their doorstep. Through partnerships and shared ambition we make the money go further, efficiently making all this possible.

Lighthouse Presents

Beyond the work of others Lighthouse is also developing and making our own work. In the Sherling Studio this includes Archipelago, a world premiere of Caridad Svich’s play, which we prepared for its national tour.

Audacious held Poole's first festival of lights, Light Up Poole, which Lighthouse were proud partners of and brought 20,000 people out and about in Poole on a cold February weekend! Click here to find out more about the festival. 

Angel Exit developed and previewed their new production, The Drive, with us prior to its national tour. 

REND Productions collaborated with us, to present their powerful one-act reimagining of the apocryphal legend of Judith.

With Duncan Reeves we co-produce an annual pantomime that is developed and rehearsed with and through Lighthouse.

Mac's Arcadian co-produced their first play, Great Odds, with Lighthouse. The play had its world premiere with us in October 2017.

Dante or Die, a brilliant and innovative theatre company, are working with Lighthouse to co-produce 80's inspired interactive show Take On Me. We will be delighted to share this amazing company and production with our audiences.

The Grief Series is a sequence of seven projects by Leeds-based artist and performance maker, Ellie Harrison. She will be brining her performance Journey With Absent Friends to Lighthouse in June.