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About

Lights of Soho is a culture hub, gallery and Member’s club, operating as a social enterprise out of Soho’s Brewer St, London. 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 to date have been put back into the venue, with the Directors and owners not taking a fee or wage in the two years of its operation.

Large rises in business rates are pushing out the independent operators and Lights of Soho itself now needs to expand into a new space it has lined -up and ready to go, to create a self-funding, sustainable business, without which it too will struggle to survive.

The funds from Kickstarter will enable us to do just that - without these crucial funds for development our future is at risk.

We have also spearheaded the campaign #NoArtistsNoArt as a local movement that serves as a way of gaining mass recognition of this ongoing struggle, raising awareness of the wider issue to help keep Soho burning as London’s bright, neon beacon of creativity.  

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 in Soho.

Lights of Soho are asking people to donate at this kickstarter and become an active member of the campaign by taking pictures of the covered canvas’ around Soho, sharing the photos on the social handles on @lightsofsoho with the hashtag #NoArtistsNoArt With your support, we can protect the essence of Soho that makes it so iconic worldwide.

The campaign is supported by Soho 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 - Lights of Soho

We are an essential, integral and embedded part of London's art world, and have been very lucky for the following artists to donate pieces in order to help our campaign. 

Original Banksy £10 Note
Original Banksy £10 Note

Original Banksy £10 Note

£10 Note featuring Princess Diana's Face
Unframed 
Edition of 10,000 - 7.6 x 14.3

Buy Now Price: £1,500

Al Murphy - Brothel
Al Murphy - Brothel

Al Murphy Brothel
Felt on Cotton
60cm x 84.5cm
Kickstarter Price: £300 INC VAT  

House Artworks

As we are great believers in art being accessible to everyone, we have chosen some of our favourite pieces, and lowered the valued prices, in order to allow you to purchase these for your own home.

Rebecca Mason - Bewilder
Rebecca Mason - Bewilder

Rebecca Mason Bewilder
Print (Unframed)
59.4 x 60 cm
RRP: £300+VAT / £360 INC VAT
Kickstarter Price: £210+VAT / £252 INC VAT 

Aphra Shemza - Flux
Aphra Shemza - Flux

Aphra Shemza Flux
DirectPrint on Aluminium Dibond
(Framed) Edition
1/63
3.7 x 46 cm
RRP: £300+VAT / £360 INC VAT
Kickstarter Price: £210+VAT / £252 INC VAT 

Kim Smith - Dreamers
Kim Smith - Dreamers

Kim Smith Dreamers
Print (Unframed)
Edition 1/1550 X 60 CM
RRP: £250+VAT / £300 INC VAT
Kickstarter Price: £175+VAT / £210 INC VAT 

Dijon Dajee - Maori Heart 2
Dijon Dajee - Maori Heart 2

Dijon Dajee Maori Heart 2
Paper, LED lights and iridescent gels. (Framed) 
Unique 1/1  
RRP: £600+VAT / £720 INC VAT
Kickstarter Price: £420+VAT / £504 INC VAT 

Ben Eine - SOHO
Ben Eine - SOHO

Ben Eine Soho
(Colours - Pink, Warm Pink, Acid Green, Orange, Blue and Yellow) Edition 1/25 
85.5 x 77 CM
RRP: £275+VAT / £330 INC VAT
Kickstarter Price: £220+VAT / £264 INC VAT  

Please purchase via the Rewards section of this website, and for any further enquiries on art purchases, contact alexa@lightsofsoho.com.

Risks and challenges

The current issue that faces us are the increased costs of operating in Soho and the fact that we are too small to operate with any economies of scale. By expanding into the basement space next door, it will mean increasing running costs only slightly with a very significant increase in income.
This will enable us to keep supporting creatives, allowing them to use upstairs to promote their art, show their films, play their music, while the members can still access the basement at all times.
This means we can stay true to our mission of supporting in creatives while having a sustainable business - which we hope to be able to expand into other cities and countries in the future.

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    Membership and an Original BANKSY!

    £10 secures you 3 months membership and one lucky member will receive an original Banksy!

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    On the house

    Access and Complimentary Cocktails for Two We'd be delighted to welcome you and a guest to a month's membership, and on arrival, offer you and your guest a sample of our outstanding cocktails. Perfect to kick off the Valentines season! Value £50

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    Kim Smith Print

    Kim Smith
    Dreamers
    Print (Unframed)
    Edition of 15
    50 X 60 CM
    2016
    RRP £250+VAT / £300 INC VAT

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    David Shillinglaw

    David Shillinglaw
    Optical Delusion
    Framed Print
    1/40

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    Rebecca Mason Print

    Rebecca Mason
    Bewilder
    Print (Unframed)
    59.4 x 60 cm
    RRP £300+VAT / £360 INC VAT

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    Aphra Shemza Direct Print

    Aphra Shemza
    Flux
    Direct Print on Aluminium Dibond (Framed)
    Edition 1/6
    33.7 x 46 cm
    RRP - £300+VAT / £360 INC VAT

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    Ben Eine Original

    Ben Eine
    Soho (Colours - Pink, Warm Pink, Acid Green, Orange, Blue and Yellow)
    Edition of 25
    85.5 x 77 CM
    RRP £275+VAT / £330 INC VAT

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    Meet the artist - Friends with Benefits

    In classic soho tradition, come and have some "benefits". Treat yourself and 4 friends to a years membership each. Plus our art curator will give you a private tour of the gallery and an intro to one of our artists. Membership perks include: - Art discounts - Lots of fun and frolics - Event invites to music and arts evenings - Favourable venue hire rates - The street cred of having an LOS membership card in your wallet ;-)

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    Al Murphy - Brothel (Original)

    Al Murphy Brothel
    Felt on Cotton
    60cm x 84.5cm

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    Jimmy Galvin - If you think...

    JIMMY GALVIN
    If you think the small things in life are insignificant then try
    12.5 x 12.5
    Painting with a bullet - acrylic on canvas
    original
    Framed

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    TONE - Stop The World I'm Getting Off

    TONE
    Stop The World I'm Getting Off
    69.6 x 60
    Framed Print
    £500

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    Dijon Dajee Original *Unique*

    Dijon Dajee
    Maori Heart 2
    Paper, LED lights and iridescent gels. (Framed)
    Unique 1/1
    2015
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    Julian Marshall - Sian 1

    Julian Marshall
    Sian 1
    Framed Print

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    Friends for Life

    Lifetime membership for 4 and a no hire fee for an evening with up to 50 of your guests. We'd love to welcome you to our warm Neon hub for years to come

    Value - £2500

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    Richie Culver - I Loved You

    RICHIE CULVER
    I loved you, you just couldn't see it
    Original Painting
    69 x 50 cm
    RRP £1,000

    Includes 2x yearlong membership to Lights of Soho worth £200

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    Christian Furr - Joissance Crown Purple

    CHRISTIAN FURR
    Jouissance Crown Purple
    59.4 x 42 cm
    Artist Proof (edition 50)
    Framed

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    Original Banksy £10 Note

    Original Banksy £10 Note
    £10 Note featuring Princess Diana's Face - Unframed
    Edition of 10,000
    7.6 x 14.3
    2004
    £1,500

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    Unique Artist Commission

    Lifetime membership for 6 and a commission from one of our LOS affiliated artists made in Neon - up to 10 letters

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    Neon Glory

    Lifelong membership for you and 10 of your friends. Exclusive use of the venue for one night. Membership to Sanctum Hotel in Soho. Your Choice of a Limited Edition Print.

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