Refurbished Brighton Dome to reopen venues with world famous Van Gogh Alive exhibition

Graham Robson January 25, 2023

Lead Photo: Richard Blake

Brighton Dome has announced that the opening event for its refurbished Grade I and II listed Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre will be the ground-breaking immersive experience Van Gogh Alive, taking place from May 12 to August 6.

Van Gogh Alive will be the first event to welcome back audiences to the fully restored venues ahead of a packed schedule of live performances returning from autumn 2023.

This unique multi-sensory experience explores the life and work of the seminal Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. More than 3,000 images will be spectacularly presented in stunning detail, including iconic works such as Sunflowers and lesser-known paintings.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Van Gogh Alive will be the inaugural event at Brighton Dome’s newly refurbished Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

“After extraordinary partnerships working with Brighton & Hove City Council, our other funders and donors and the painstaking restoration work to our venues, this innovative and immersive exhibition provides the perfect opportunity to welcome audiences old and new to these unique historic spaces, ahead of our own performance programme from autumn 2023.”

Having welcomed over 8.5 million visitors in 80 cities around the world including sell-out runs in Edinburgh, Manchester and London, Van Gogh Alive, created by Grande Experiences, promises to be one of the highlights of the spring and summer events calendar.

Brighton visitors will have first access to a brand new Starry Night installation. There will also be a dedicated artist studio that invites people to replicate Van Gogh’s artistic style. Audiences will be able to create their own souvenirs within a life-sized walk-in representation of Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles painting, and the iconic Sunflower selfie room – a 360° mirrored space complete with hundreds of sunflowers.

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State-of-the-art SENSORY4™ immersive gallery technology will display Van Gogh’s work in a kaleidoscope of colour. Set to an evocative classical score, delivered via a high-fidelity 3D sound system, this combination of sound, visuals and even aromas of Provence will give visitors the sensation of the artist’s paintings as if they are living and breathing.

Bruce Peterson, Founder & CEO of Grande Experiences, said: “We are thrilled to bring Van Gogh Alive to Brighton and to be the first event on show at the beautifully restored new Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre at Brighton Dome – one of the country’s most beautiful Regency palaces.

“Brighton, with its rich artistic heritage and abundance of creative talent, is the ideal location for the next stop of the hugely successful UK tour. We look forward to sharing it with the Brighton community very soon.”

Tickets go on general sale from Wednesday, February 1, with adult tickets from £24 and concs tickets from £19. Reduced price early bird tickets are available from January 25 to 31 for Brighton Dome members and supporters and to those who register online. School group discounts are also available, along with free entry for under-fives and essential companions.

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