We’re fundraising to create new work at Lighthouse, support emerging artists and expand our Learning programmes for local schools and young people…

Lighthouse receives crucial funding from Arts Council England and the Borough of Poole. But as a charity we also depend on the generosity of the individuals, businesses and trusts/foundations who recognise the value of the arts to our shared community.

As we are celebrating our 40th birthday this year, Lighthouse is looking to the future and how we can make our mark as a creative force. This means maximising use of Lighthouse’s amazing facilities and expertise to enable new work to be made here in Poole by local artists. Led by our first-ever Artistic Producer this activity will encourage cultural exchange and risk taking and give Lighthouse refreshed vitality and an enhanced artistic identity and profile.

We’re creating three associate artist and artist-in-residence strands offering professional development, commissioning and touring opportunities alongside practical support, space and expertise to emerging artists. Our Sherling Studio is the only dedicated space in Dorset for supporting emerging talent across drama, circus, spoken word, dance and other genres. Our Studio is conducive to R&D and removes much of the risk for our artists and collaborators.

Can you help to support our new work, talent development and Learning ambitions?

Leading Lights is our figurehead strand, enabling partnerships that feed Lighthouse’s Main House theatre programme and demonstrate our commitment to excellence. We recently made integrated circus companies Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies Associate Companies of Lighthouse. 

Working Lights is about theatre that is in development, which will feed the pipeline of new work for our Sherling Studio whilst enabling emerging artists and companies to step up the ladder. 

Bright Sparks is about developing the next generation of arts practitioners – enabling and inspiring young people from across this region to develop professionally in a wide range of roles across the arts sector.

Click here to find out more about Bright Sparks and how you can support these projects.


Any contribution - large or small - really does make a difference. If you'd like to be in touch about supporting Lighthouse please email fundraising@lighthousepoole.co.uk or call 01202 781310.