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Established in 2020 as part of the Devonshire Collective, VOLT provides a platform for emerging and mid-career artists to showcase new work through commissioned solo presentations, and through open call opportunities such as our biennial Eastbourne Open and Façade Commission. VOLT proudly encourages experimentation and criticality, and supports artists to realise the full potential of their practice, producing bold and ambitious iterations of their work.

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VOLT puts artists at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide opportunities for artists to develop their practice and to take important steps within their career, often providing them with their first institutional solo exhibition. Exhibiting artists work closely with both our curatorial team and learning department to assure a rich collaborative experience; they will immerse themselves in producing public programming through writing, talks and workshops supported by VOLT.

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At VOLT we believe in the power of art and culture to inspire and nurture both individuals and communities. VOLT makes contemporary art accessible to everybody. Alongside its established programme of exhibitions, VOLT, together with partner DC Learn, provides support and activities that respond to the artworks, encouraging different levels of learning and engagement from different audiences. Working with the local community, we hope to inspire new and exciting connections between people and art.

VOLT is part of the Devonshire Collective – a network of creative activity located in the vibrant and dynamic area of Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Devonshire Collective was conceived in 2016 as a way of making cultural opportunities more accessible to those who might otherwise feel alienated from institutions. It comprises VOLT, DC Learn and Makerspace. To find out more about Devonshire Collective, visit their website.

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