We are an international creative arts centre in Rye.
Our established international residency programme for the creative arts represents the culmination of an £8 million regeneration project, converting a disused warehouse on Rock Channel, Rye and developing it into artist’s studio workshops, accommodation, a gallery, and performance rehearsal space.
Bridgepoint is a privately-funded creative space, founded by Sarah and David Kowitz.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Born and educated in London, Sarah trained as a reporter in Sussex and worked as a subeditor in print journalism before settling to raise a family. She lived and worked in Asia and America for over ten years and since returning to the UK has been an active supporter of various charities supporting the arts, education, and horticulture. She is a trustee of Hastings Contemporary, Hastings International Piano, and the Fairlight Arts Trust, as well as a Patron Governor of Ark Schools. She is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Bridgepoint, Rye, and a Director of the Community Interest Company which manages Rye Creative. She is a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex and was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia in 2019.
David Kowitz was the co-founder and one of the principal fund managers of Indus Capital Partners. Founded in 2000, it is one of the largest Asian-based alternative investment managers, with assets of over $6 billion, and offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. He remains non-executive Chairman of the firm, though no longer has active duties there. He is the founder and CEO of Martello Developments Ltd., a company in the homebuilding and commercial property business. Mr. Kowitz is a minority shareholder and adviser to a number of other UK businesses, in the areas of hospitality, fine arts and collectibles, and technology.
Brad began his career in his native Australia. After a successful career in fashion Merchandising and modeling. Brad moved to England in the late 1980s.
In England, he became a talent agent for premier models and within 6 months he was promoted to Director of the Men’s division launching models careers in the UK and global Markets. Brad also appeared in fashion documentaries and organized a nationwide model search in conjunction with channel 4 Television.
What people are saying
This exciting new creative hub
“aims to support a residency programme of innovative world-class artists across numerous disciplines and hopes that if planning permission is granted for the development, it will create a flourishing community of exceptional talent and encourage a migration of arts, which will continue the drive towards coastal regeneration.”
Sarah Kowitz, Co-Founder & Executive Producer at Bridgepoint Rye.
The site lies on the Riverfront in Rye, East Sussex within an area which has been predominantly industrialised over the last 100 years. Before this the site was a mud flat around the base of the cliff of Rye, historically know as a boat-making area, with Rye itself being one of the Cinque Ports. This ambitious scheme designed by local Rye architect practice, RX Architects, involves the conversion of a large warehouse building into a multi-purpose arts centre.
The riverfront in Rye will become a complex of artists workshops, exhibition space, rehearsal studio and sound stage.
“A multi-disciplinary arts space where things are created”