News/May 2024
Group of people participating in a cooking workshop, preparing food at a kitchen counter with various ingredients and utensils around.

We are very proud that Blast Theory’s Pot Luck programme is among the first to be awarded a grant in Brighton & Hove under the Shared Prosperity Fund.

Via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Brighton & Hove City Council is supporting projects which aim to create opportunities, reduce inequality, improve pride in place and increase life chances for residents in the city.

The £5,000 grant will enable Blast Theory to boost Pot Luck sessions with a new skills development offer and grow the programme to reach more early career creatives across the city.

Pot Luck is a unique programme for young creatives. Led by artist Ju Row Farr and hosted at the Blast Theory studio in Portslade, it is designed to build confidence, facilitate connections, and develop skills.

Pot Luck is based on the Potlatch, a North American indigenous communal meal or gathering where everyone brings something they can contribute to the meal or to give away. As well as bringing a dish, participants share ideas, work, and experience.

Asked about the impact of coming to Pot Luck, artist Simon James said:

[Pot Luck] is a safe, welcome, compassionate space. […] Even though I’ve done music for most of my life, the idea of being an ‘artist’ is new. And so having somewhere where I can come and be that artist and feel safe and not like I’m going to be judged [has] been important for me.

Ju Row Farr said:

We are delighted to receive this support. It is an integral part of working as an artist to share ideas, practical advice and skills to new generations of creative people. It is not easy developing a career or even enjoying creative sparks that sizzle inside of us. We are especially pleased to be able to reach out to a wider group of people locally to offer something fun and useful, to give a real sense of possibility and connection.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in attending our Pot Luck events. Drop your email into the form below to sign up to our monthly newsletter and we’ll update you on the latest Pot Luck information.

Pot Luck is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


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