Culture hub and members bar fights to save Soho as London’s bright, neon beacon of creativity. Lights of Soho, a culture hub, gallery and Member’s club, operating as a social enterprise out of Soho’s Brewer St, London, is spearheading a campaign #NoArtistsNoArt, supported by local galleries, restaurants and bars around Soho that will remove or cover up every piece of art on their walls – a bleak intimation of what is happening because of the large rises in business rates, pushing out the independent operators. Lights of Soho itself now needs to expand to create a self-funding, sustainable business, without which it too will struggle to survive. #NoArtistsNoArt is a local movement that serves as a way of gaining mass recognition of this ongoing struggle, raising awareness of the wider issue and their Kickstarter campaign to help keep Soho burning as London’s bright, neon beacon of creativity. Lights of Soho’s mission is to support all creatives, including those in film, fashion, music, art, publishing and design, giving them a platform and venue to promote their work - for free. All profits from the bar, art sales and corporate events is put back into the venue, with the Directors and owners never taking a fee or wage in the two years of its operation. The #NOARTISTSNOART campaign has been created in collaboration with M&C Saatchi and is supported by venues such as Soho House, Quo Vadis, Blacks, The Box, The London Cocktail Club, Cass Art, Balans, Randall & Aubin, Pix, Soho Radio, Save Soho and many others.
“Without a venue like Lights of Soho there will be almost nowhere in central Soho for new magazines, musicians, film makers, fashion designers, photographers and artists to promote their work for free. Sometimes the only difference between a song or art work only ever being heard or seen by your mates, and a big record deal or global art career is having the chance to show your work to a broad community. It is this support of cultural creators that drives the owners of Lights of Soho to keep the Lights on – please support culture, support artists, support Lights of Soho”. Dudley Nevill – Spencer, Partner – Lights of Soho