Saving our Heritage through Arts Events
All our events are fundraisers!
St Anne’s Arts and Community Centre has been open to the community for 3 years this August and now has a well established exciting programme of music gigs, exhibitions, workshops and events. A fantastic resource for the town which didn’t exist before. Last summer over 600 families joined in with the summer holiday activities, a number which will be surpassed this year. The building has been visited by thousands of people – locals and tourists – but what is often not realised is that every time a ticket is sold or a donation given it helps to preserve the towns heritage for future generations.
“We don’t shout about it enough but the truth is – all our events are fundraisers!” Dion Sears, Culture and Community Development Manager for Barnstaple Town Council. “The aim is to make the centre as self sustainable as possible, the events and activities are fantastic for the community but also help to keep the building alive. It’s my job to open up our historic buildings for arts events and celebrations, we have had some great sucesses so far but could always sell more tickets”.
“The people of Barnstaple have been so supportive of St Anne’s and many are thrilled to see the building open and in use again after so many years. However we are always in need of more help, either through volunteer hours, people attending events or telling their friends about what’s happening. All the surplus from our ticketed events goes towards the maintenance of the town’s historic buildings such as the Guildhall and St Anne’s Arts Centre” Will Austin, Town Clerk.
“St Anne’s has entered an exciting stage in it’s development with lots of events going on, it’s brilliant for the community. All the concerts, exhibitions and activties are helping us to look after these wonderful buildings on behalf of the town and I am proud to support them”. Cllr Mrs Liz Davies, Chair of the Heritage, Culture and Community Committee.
This summer St Anne’s Arts Centre is hosting a programme of craft activities from The Art Hopper, a mid summer Mad Hatter’s party on 14 August, an evening of music with Jack Harris on 25 August and much more. The new monthly Barnstaple Craft Market in Barnstaple Guildhall has created a regular opportunity for the local community to access the historic building and support local businesses, next month on 9 August makers and artisans will be celebrating the coast.
Top left: Jack Harris, Top right: Summer holiday activities,
Bottom left: Sam Dowden, Bottom right: Music at St Anne's
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