Rye Creative Centre (formerly known as “The School Creative Centre”), 
2009 – 2014


Working closely with local Councillors in Rye, Rother and East Sussex and with Rye College, B&R Productions developed plans to continue the life of Freda Gardham School when it was de-commissioned in 2008. This resulted in the generation of a centre of creative excellence with over 30 studio spaces, a theatre, gallery, workshop and print room alongside working with voluntary, statutory and third sector agencies to derive a mixed economy and provide a unique resource for artists and the people of Rye. After launching The School Creative Centre in 2009 and developing it into a vibrant and sustainable creative organisation, B&R Productions handed over the lease of the building to ARRCC in 2014.

The use of the building is fantastic. It is an inspired use of a building like this, developing a facility like this for the community rather than razing it to the ground and building houses or a supermarket.
— Open Day visitor
The place is just fizzing!
— Dizraeli, Musician
Since B&R Productions launched The School Creative Centre I have been consistently impressed with the way in which a building which could have lain empty has been transformed into a mould-breaking initiative, celebrating and developing the arts. We have been proud to have been the council to facilitate this and to hear that other councils are looking to The School Creative Centre as a model to adopt.
— Councillor Keith Glazier leader East Sussex County Council