The Storey Creative
Industries Centre


Spotlight is hosted by litfest in the auditorium at The Storey Creative Industries Centre on Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.





 Refurbished in 2009 with a purpose-built

The empty space...  

has a stage, full lighting rig and 6 channel PA. Spotlight attracts, on average audiences of 60 - 70 people so come early to get a seat!

The building has been central to Lancaster's artistic, technical and scientific innovation for 130 years. What was The Storey Institute has been remodelled as a purpose-designed centre for the creative industries, ensuring the building retains its prominent position while fulfilling the expectations of the 21st century creative industry.




The new auditorium gets the Spotlight treatment for our


Our 1st gig at The Storey was on May 15th 2009.


What's Your Storey?
Are you an aspiring superstar like Flight of the Conchords, Nine Inch Nails or Bill Bailey?  Maybe you're a mover and shaker like Tony Wilson or Murray Hewitt?  Or perhaps you're developing something completely new and original that you're just waiting to reveal to the world? 

If so, then you'll be interested to learn that the Storey Creative Industries Centre in Lancaster has issued a call for creative producers to get in touch with their ideas.  "We've got some great spaces just waiting for people to bring them to life.  We want to hear from artists, innovators, visionaries, but most of all, people who want to earn a living with their creativity and share it with others.  Just drop in, call or email us!"

So if you are an aspiring or professional musician, DJ, comedian, film-maker, animator, games programmer, fashion designer, playwright, sculptor or dancer …indeed any kind of creative producer… then this is a great opportunity for you.  Alternatively, if you think you've got a nose for talent and some entrepreneurial flair, then this is the ideal place from which to market and promote your favourite creative projects, build links in the industry or get specialist advice and guidance. 

Independent production company, Mushroom Concepts Ltd, is just one of a number of organisations already working with the spaces.  Simon Harrison, who is co-ordinating music, comedy and other events in the auditorium explains his reasons for getting involved.  "The Storey offers more than just a collection of great performance spaces and a bulging contacts database.  It's a safe space to work and take risks, and reach out to new audiences.  Every day I bump into someone new which always sparks new ideas. It's very exciting."

Storey Creative Industries Centre reopened its doors following a substantial refurbishment in May 2009 and flies a banner outside that reads 'leading contemporary culture'.  Neil Simpson explains, "It's a bold claim, but we are making it a reality by collaborating with our rich and varied set of partners and residents, by bringing in top names from the international circuit, and by offering a platform for local creative producers to develop.  We're waiting to plug people in to networks and expertise to help them find the widely-distributed niche audience that they need in order to sustain themselves through their creative aspirations."

Any aspiring producer or promoters, or if you would simply like to know more, should get in touch with the team at The Storey via or by calling 01524 509 000.


Storey Creative Industries Centre in Lancaster is the new name for The Storey Institute.  It is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, number 5731953.  Its brief is to 'develop the creative industries in Lancashire'. 

Storey Creative Industries Centre is home to Lancaster's Visitor Information Centre, The Storey Gallery, Litfest and numerous independent companies producing film, design, theatre, music, etc.  

Storey Creative Industries Centre is partnered with Lancaster University InfoLab21, Creative Lancashire and Business Link delivering support, guidance and information to the region's creative businesses.  

The refurbishment of Storey Creative Industries Centre was funded by European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council and North West Development Agency to help stimulate growth in the Creative Industries Sector. 

The original Storey Institute was founded in 1891 by Thomas Storey.  It was endowed to the people of the city of Lancaster with a covenant that is should always be used for the pursuit of art, science and technological or industrial education.


Photo: S. Harrison