Frequently Asked Questions

Who are we?

The Spire Arts is an artistic resource for the community of Brighton & Hove and beyond. We are an arts organisation and producing resource supporting the development and presentation of high quality theatre and performance. The Spire Arts is a registered charity (Number 1165244).

The Spire can be used for rehearsals, development periods, set builds, exhibitions and events.

The Spire can be used for live performance but we are not a year-round live performance venue. We do not have a programming, marketing or press team and budget to support these activities.

The building

The Spire is an old building that is being given a new lease of life. Throughout its history (formally St. Mark’s Chapel), the building has been a resource for the community, something that will continue in its new guise as The Spire. The building belongs to the Diocese of Chichester and is closely linked with St. George’s in Kemptown.

The building has a premises license granted by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Management team

The management team consists of two individuals (David Sheppeard & Faith Dodkins) who work in the independent arts sector in Brighton and further afield (some times together, sometimes separately). They have an informal relationship with the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Church of England (licensing negotiations are in process), are the spokespeople for the organisation and guardians of the charity (and of the relationship with St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mark’s and St. Georges).

On any given day they administer the organisation and look after the building; run the front of house and take responsibility for health & safety, fire safety, first aid and licensing. They are the fundraisers, financial officers and business managers.

They are the optimists, risk takers and vision-holders of The Spire.  They only work (on average) one day per week on all things Spire.

What we do

The Spire Arts is a work in progress.

The Spire Arts is committed to creating and maintaining a thriving hub for theatre and performance and community development. We value the arts and the people that work within the sector (and wider sectors connected to it).

We want to create experiences for a range of people to engage with and participate in the arts – building a community of users that reflect the diversity of our city.

The Spire Arts strives for an uncomplicated way of working, managing the expectations of users/potential users by working on an open proposal model. We are approachable. We are a broad church. We want to be accessible, sustainable and resilient.

At the moment, the organisation relies heavily upon income raised through private hire to survive.

Opening hours

The Spire is available to hire throughout the year, however the building is not open every day and the management team is not based on site.

Please bear with us with requests to visit the space/carry out site visits – we can usually accommodate requests with a couple of days notice.

What we don’t do/what The Spire Arts isn’t

The Spire Arts is not exclusive and we’re not a faceless organisation. The management team will not get bogged down in gatekeeping. The building is not hireable by the hour and we cannot host regular classes, workshops, crèches or children’s parties.