Third Thursdays – a monthly opportunity to engage with communities and audiences through art, music and culture. 

Third Thursdays is a new arts, music and culture programme that aims to make the centre of Brighton more vibrant, through events, performances, film projections and new artwork commissions. It will create moments each third Thursday of the month for residents and visitors to engage with art and culture around the centre of Brighton. 

Third Thursdays will be an opportunity to showcase creativity and involve audiences with artistic work, including exhibition openings, events, music performances and film projections. It will be a chance to reach people interested in arts, film, culture and music, and audiences who are shopping, socialising, and seeking entertainment around every corner.

How to get involved

There are several ways to get involved and participate in Third Thursdays for artists and organisations. 

1. Submit an event – organisations and businesses can propose an event for Third Thursdays as part of the programme. This could be for an existing or new event such as an exhibition opening, cultural event, performance, film screening, talk or a creative new product launch. We want to help promote and include your event as part of Third Thursdays’ cultural programme. Scroll down to find out more.

2. Create and show artwork – artists, collectives and groups in Brighton & Hove can apply for production fees to make and show work for Third Thursdays. 

– 6 event / exhibition fees of up to £500.

– 8 exhibition fees of up to £1,000.

Scroll down to find out more. 

3. Submit work for screening or exhibition – we’ll be delivering a programme of projections and screenings in Brighton, and we’ll be curating programmes from material submitted to us. Open to UK and international artists. Scroll down to find out more.

We particularly encourage submissions from artists and organisations who are from diverse backgrounds. (See FAQs for information.)

There are budgets for access support, which can be discussed if work is selected for exhibition or commission.

View this information in a document by clicking here. See application FAQs by clicking here

1. Submit an event

Submit an event for Third Thursdays as part of the programme. This could be an exhibition opening, cultural event, performance, film screening or talk. We want to include and help promote your events and activities as part of Third Thursdays’ cultural programme.

We’ve put together a simple submission form, so we can find out which Third Thursday you want to present on, what the event is, who it’s aimed at and its location.

To be part of the Third Thursdays programme events must:

– Take place on one of the Third Thursday dates: 20 Jan 22, 17 Feb 22, 17 Mar 22, 21 Apr 22.

– Have an artistic, creative or cultural component to the event – this could include design, videogaming, visual art, performing arts, creative media, sound art, heritage, film, music or fashion.

To submit an event or activity for inclusion in the programme, click here.

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2. Create and show artwork 

Artists, collectives and groups can apply for commission fees to make and show work for Third Thursdays. 

– 6 event / exhibition fees of up to £500.

– 8 exhibition fees of up to £1,000.

Submissions can be made by individuals, collectives, or groups who are based in Brighton & Hove. A number of these commissions will be dedicated to early career artists from diverse backgrounds (see FAQs for definition), supported by The Pebble Trust.

The aim is to show work in public spaces using projection in outdoor areas in the Brilliant Brighton Business Improvement District. Proposals must be for work that is made for projectable exhibition – this could be film & video (artists’ film & video, heritage film, narrative), digital work, videogames, etc. We suggest proposing artwork that will work well in public spaces – work that attracts and can hold attention, or that can enhance a location or tell a story in an accessible way. 

Work must be shown in the Brilliant Brighton Business Improvement District (BID). You are asked to suggest where your work might be exhibited in the BID area (click here, then click on ‘MAP’). 

We would like to know where you see your work being shown, and how you want to exhibit it. What location would it need to be shown? (For example, an outside wall or a window onto the street at a certain location.) Does it need sound? Giving us a sense of how and where the work might be experienced will help us assess your application.

Up to £500 and £1,000 exhibition fees

Budgets up to £500 and £1,000 are to support the delivery of events and exhibition of work. You can apply for costs towards such as:

– Artists’ fees.

– Technical costs.

– Equipment hire.

Applicants will need to provide: 

– Evidence of past work – through a website link / online.

– A basic budget breakdown.

– A description of the planned work.

– A proposed location.

– A description of how you are ensuring accessibility of the work shown.

Deadlines for submissions and themes for dates

To apply for an exhibition fee of up to £500 or £1,000, CLICK HERE to complete an application.

If you would simply like to submit a work for screening or exhibition (without also organising its exhibition) – then please submit your work by clicking here.

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3. Submit work for screening or exhibition 

We’ll be delivering a programme of projections and screenings in Brighton, curated from material submitted to us. Submissions will be accepted by artists and filmmakers locally, from the UK and internationally.

Screening submissions

Screening submissions, if selected, will be shown via our mobile cinema, which will show works on walls around the BID area.

Artists and filmmakers can submit up to 2 films for each deadline. Submissions can be artists’ film & video, experimental film, Machinima, short film or digital works. 

Criteria for screening submissions:

– Between 2 and 5 minutes in length.

– Be engaging for viewers who may be passing by or watching throughout, for example be visually stimulating, humorous, narrative, spectacular, fun, surprising and accessible.

– For public / outdoor exhibition (i.e. be suitable for children and adults in public).

– Work must be in digital format and be high enough in resolution to show at scale.

A screening fee of £50 will be paid if work is shown in the programme.

Deadlines for submissions and themes for dates

To submit your work, CLICK HERE.

Exhibition submissions

Exhibition submissions will be shown at static sites in the BID area. This might include projection onto walls of buildings or inside windows in stores. Works will be shown as part of a programme or on a loop. Submissions will be accepted by artists and filmmakers locally, across the UK and internationally.

Artists and filmmakers can submit up to 2 works for each deadline. Submissions can be artists’ film & video, experimental film, Machinima or digital works. This programme is for longer form or loop-able works. Submit gallery-based work to this programme.

Criteria for screening submissions:

– No minimum length.

– Be engaging for viewers who may be passing by or watching throughout, for example be visually stimulating, spectacular, surprising and accessible.

– For public / outdoor exhibition (i.e. suitable for children and adults in public).

– Work must be in digital format and be high enough in resolution to show at scale.

An exhibition fee of £100 will be paid if work is shown in the programme.

Deadlines for submissions and themes for dates

To submit your work, CLICK HERE.
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