The University of Brighton offers event space for hire across the Sallis Benney Theatre, the Edward Street lecture theatre, and a number of breakout and informal reception spaces.
Our exhibition spaces cover the ground floor of the Grand Parade building, including the street-facing North and South galleries, cafe foyer and reception. We also programme the reception and floor one exhibition spaces at the Edward Street building. We are open to proposals from staff, students, alumni and members of the public.
All users are bound by agreement with the university Code of Conduct and the theatre and galleries' terms and conditions of hire.
The Sallis Benney Theatre and University of Brighton Gallery complex provides an adaptable series of spaces suited to hosting a wide range of events and exhibitions.
The SBT itself is a flexible and versatile space, which is available to hire in a variety of formats and configurations, comfortably accommodating a seated audience of up to 272. See details of facilities in the theatre and gallery
There are a number of foyer options, including a fully stocked café/bar, available for welcoming and registering guests along with a cloakroom and designated box office facility for ticket administration.
Highly trained and experienced staff can assist with exhibitions and events in the complex.
Café/Bar & Garden Quadrangle
A range of venue facilities are available and the Grand Parade building can include full catering from the university caterers.
The Café/Bar area at Grand Parade is available at no extra cost during Sallis Benney Theatre and UoB Gallery events. Operated by the UoB’s catering department, the Café/Bar sells a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks.
A garden quadrangle is available in suitable weather with outdoor seating and roof terrace, offering a welcoming, private green space in the city centre. This area is also available to hire and is used annually for the Arts and Humanities graduate exhibition and fashion shows.
Please refer to our page for Hire Charges at the University of Brighton Theatre and Gallery
Please note that a minimum hire period of 4 hours applies to the Sallis Benney Theatre.
Special deals may be available for longer runs/regular events/local promoters.
Events from theatre hirers will be added to an online calendar but will not usually be advertised by the university, college or theatre beyond this.
Booking the spaces
Requests should all be made using one of the online forms at the top of this page.
The office is happy to answer any questions you may have, see contact information for university theatre gallery.
The University of Brighton Gallery at Grand Parade has a footprint of approximately 225m2, and can hold around 200 guests, depending on the nature of the exhibition. The space can be divided into two areas (North and South), if required. Full plans are available to download from the pdf links below.
In general, the gallery, along with the ground floor of the Grand Parade building, is open to the public Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, although private viewings are often arranged outside of these hours.
We have exhibition space in the complex that includes the gallery foyers in Grand Parade and Edward Street.
GALLERY HIRE (FUNCTIONS)
The University of Brighton Gallery is available to hire for functions during some exhibitions, see contact information for university theatre gallery.
GALLERY HIRE (EXHIBITIONS)
The University of Brighton Gallery, University Edward Street gallery and adjacent corridor and cafe gallery spaces, are programmed spaces. Proposals for exhibitions are welcome. Please use the online form for University of Brighton galleries as an initial enquiry. As an exhibitor you will abide by the Code of Practice for exhibition spaces at the University of Brighton
The upper floor of the Waste House is available for hire. We also welcome visitors who are interested in the architectural project. Please use the Waste House booking form.
Your initial enquiry will receive a response from our team within two weeks. Please note that we only accept hires that adhere to our programming remit:
We will contact you to ascertain any technical requirements and, once accepted, you will have an Events Supervisor appointed to your event as a point of contact. Your Events Supervisor will be able to discuss risk assessments, website copy and further details and you will be required to fill in details online and accept the full terms and conditions.
At this point your event will be confirmed by email. Your Events Supervisor will then help with the preparation for the event.
All use of the University of Brighton events and exhibition spaces are undertaken in full understanding of and agreement with the institution's Equality and Diversity Policy. The Statement of Intent of intent is included below. A full document will be provided with Terms and Conditions upon booking space.
The University of Brighton is committed to creating a stimulating and supportive learning and working environment based on mutual respect and trust. We will continue to celebrate and value diversity within the community of staff and students, to promote equality of opportunity and to challenge and strive to eliminate unlawful discrimination.
This policy is informed by law. However, the university also seeks to encourage and promote equality of opportunity amongst those groups and individuals within society who experience discrimination and disadvantage on the basis of particular social circumstances and who are not covered by existing legislation.
The university is committed to the fair treatment of all people, be they staff, students, visitors, or those applying for employment or study, regardless of disability, gender, sexual identity, marital status, family or caring responsibilities, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, nationality, trade union membership and activity, political or religious beliefs, work or study pattern or contractual status.
The university acknowledges the duty of higher education in promoting equality of opportunity and furthering social inclusion. We recognise the link between equality and high quality performance and we understand that ensuring equality of opportunity is essential for the successful and innovative development of the university and its community.
The university’s commitment to equality and diversity is made explicit throughout its Corporate Plan which declares a ‘shared value’ to “value the different contributions and experiences of all who make up our community; promoting equal treatment, mutual respect and understanding; respecting freedom of thought and its appropriate expression”. Specifically the Plan commits the university “to provide an experience of higher education that is challenging and enjoyable for its students and staff; that embodies equality of treatment; and that equips its students to be socially purposeful professionals and citizens.”
Layout of gallery space at the University of Brighton [pdf 275.1 KB]
Seating plan using raked seating in University of Brighton Sallis Benney Theatre. [pdf 66.0 KB]
Seating plan using raked seating plus extra independent chair arrangement in University of Brighton Sallis Benney Theatre. [pdf 82.8 KB]
Plan of theatre with seating in position
Plan of theatre auditorium with seating retracted [pdf 80.2 KB]
Plan of theatre seating with numbers [pdf 118.6 KB]