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Shaftesbury Arts Centre has been at the heart of the local community for more than 50 years, providing a wide range of entertainment and cultural activity for a large area of Dorset and Wiltshire, and even parts of Somerset and Hampshire.

As well as a resource for the community to develop, pursue and promote their artistic and cultural interests, the centre hosts a varied and lively year-round programme of theatre and live performances, drama for all ages and abilities, films, art, photography, craft exhibitions, dance. music and other group activities.

Shaftesbury Arts Centre is a charitable company limited by guarantee - a charitable company in short - run wholly by volunteers drawn from its membership. It receives virtually no public subsidy and relies on the generosity of its patrons, members and supporters to keep the centre running.

Our expansion plans

The Arts Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007 by launching a long-planned project to expand by buying, converting and refurbishing the building next door at No 11 Bell Street. Completed in 2009 at a total cost of nearly £500,000, the expansion has provided the centre with a shop-front retail unit, three extra large meeting/function/activity rooms, five new toilets, including disabled toilets, a lift for the disabled, and a refurbished box office.

In autumn 2009 the centre replaced its main heating system and extended it to include No 11 at a total cost of nearly £19,000.

Further work took place in 2012  when the shop unit was converted into a new Art Gallery.

Additionally, in summer 2014 the old Gallery space was transformed into a new Foyer/Bar area and the Auditorium entrance centralised with additional seating installed at a cost of £20,000.

We are now raising funds for Phase 4 of our improvement plans which will include:-

  • Extending the fly tower
  • Re-roofing the auditorium/stage area
  • Providing a new two storey rear extension containing a large workshop/arts and crafts studio, storage facilities, dressing rooms, toilets and muti-purpose meeting rooms.

This ambitious project is costed at £750k and our aim is to raise £250k of this sum with the remainder being grant- aided.

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If you would like to help the centre with a donation you can text us at SACT11 to 70070 with the amount you want to donate (from £2), pick up a donation form in the foyer and pass a payment to the box office, or send a cheque to the treasurer. You can also donate by clicking on 'Donate Here' below.

Other ways in which you can support our efforts are by:

Becoming a member
From just £25 per annum you can enjoy reduced ticket prices for most performances, participation in the centre’s many group activities, receive mailings of the centre's seasonal programme of events and newsletter and vote at the annual meeting. Details and an application form are inside the seasonal programme or available from the box office.

SupportUs_SeatsSponsoring a seat Sponsor one of the seats in the theatre and you will be playing an important supporting role in our fundraising efforts. Introduced in 2008, many seats have already been sponsored in this way and but there are still some available. For a single donation of £150 the centre will fit a stylish plaque to the seat of your choice and it will remain there for ten years with the dedication of your choice. For more details pick up a leaflet in the foyer.

Leaving a legacy Leaving a gift to the Arts Centre in your will is a wonderful way of ensuring your support for the centre will be remembered.

For details of this and other ways in which you can help the centre contact Geoff Spencer (Treasurer) by  email:  treasurer@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

We hope you enjoy our shows and activities and thank you in advance for your generosity.

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In the gallery from today four artists – Caroline Hughes, Lindsey Keir, Gillian McCormack, Rachel Raine – until April 2nd. #ceramics #paintings #fusedglass #silverjewellery #inspiredbynature # https://t.co/3qp75ECFR9

Saturday 23 March
Sinnober
A welcome back to Shaftesbury for Sinnober following their Fringe debut.

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Check out one of our Spring Plays! ‘Audience’

Tickets on sale at the box office.

#justgoodfun

Tuesday 19 March, 2pm. Swimming with Men (12A)
A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team. Rob Brydon and Jane Horrocks star in this laugh out loud… https://t.co/Z0WnzKTFFM

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  • In the gallery from today four artists - Caroline Hughes, Lindsey Keir, Gillian McCormack, Rachel Raine - until April 2nd. #ceramics #paintings #fusedglass #silverjewellery #inspiredbynature # http://ow.ly/wuiM30o7yPL

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery from today four artists - Caroline Hughes, Lindsey Keir, Gillian McCormack, Rachel Raine - until April 2nd. #ceramics #paintings #fusedglass #silverjewellery #inspiredbynature # http://ow.ly/wuiM30o7yPL"
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  • Last two days to see this exhibition of two local artists, Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #camouflage #nestingbox #elevatedhideout #assemblage #conversationpiece #oilpainting #expressiveart #shaftesburyartists http://ow.ly/YMaQ30o2MwI

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this exhibition of two local artists, Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #camouflage #nestingbox #elevatedhideout #assemblage #conversationpiece #oilpainting #expressiveart #shaftesburyartists http://ow.ly/YMaQ30o2MwI"
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  • Great article about the gallery in the BM mag this week, but don't just 'happen' upon the Gallery, make a point of checking out the exhibitions every week if you have any interest in art at all or are just curious. #bvmmagazine #artforveryone #localartists #shaftesburyartscentre #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/rqA630o4fwc

    shaftesburyarts: "Great article about the gallery in the BM mag this week, but don't just 'happen' upon the Gallery, make a point of checking out the exhibitions every week if you have any interest in art at all or are just curious. #bvmmagazine #artforveryone #localartists #shaftesburyartscentre #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/rqA630o4fwc"
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  • Check out this exhibition of expressive painting and quirky assemblages from Eric Bailey and Rob Neeley. Continues to 19 March 10am - 4pm daily. #vaticanminibar #birdstage #foulplay #stilllife http://ow.ly/rWdY30o2Max

    shaftesburyarts: "Check out this exhibition of expressive painting and quirky assemblages from Eric Bailey and Rob Neeley. Continues to 19 March 10am - 4pm daily. #vaticanminibar #birdstage #foulplay #stilllife http://ow.ly/rWdY30o2Max"
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  • In the gallery this week - Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey until 19 March. Many a fascinating conversation piece along with expressive paintings. #castrelief #transferprints #oilpainting #philosophy #football. http://ow.ly/Vmve30o1SoI

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week - Rob Neeley and Eric Bailey until 19 March. Many a fascinating conversation piece along with expressive paintings.  #castrelief #transferprints #oilpainting #philosophy #football. http://ow.ly/Vmve30o1SoI"
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  • Last two days of this special exhibition - Peter Gardner with Charlotte Dooley. Peter has over 80 years experience as a painter and Charlotte just four, encouraged by him. Ends Tues 4pm #londonstreets #beautyofthecity #memory #experience #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XVsz30nWy1K

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days of this special exhibition - Peter Gardner with Charlotte Dooley. Peter has over 80 years experience as a painter and Charlotte just four, encouraged by him. Ends Tues 4pm #londonstreets #beautyofthecity #memory #experience #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XVsz30nWy1K"
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  • Posted @withrepost • @yourvalleynews Shaftesbury Arts Centre welcomes gardener and broadcaster Alan Power, who gives a richly-illustrated spring lecture on gardens that he loves. Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm, tickets available from Shaftesbury Arts Centre @shaftesburyarts #shaftesburyabbey #alanpower #gardens #gardening #horticulture #presenter #gardenersworld #myjourneythroughgreatgardens #headgardener #stourheadgardens #stourheadnt #nationaltrust @ntstourhead

    shaftesburyarts: "Posted @withrepost • @yourvalleynews Shaftesbury Arts Centre welcomes gardener and broadcaster Alan Power, who gives a richly-illustrated spring lecture on gardens that he loves. Wednesday 13th March 7.30pm, tickets available from Shaftesbury Arts Centre @shaftesburyarts #shaftesburyabbey #alanpower #gardens #gardening #horticulture #presenter #gardenersworld #myjourneythroughgreatgardens #headgardener #stourheadgardens #stourheadnt #nationaltrust @ntstourhead"
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  • Posted @withrepost • @shaftesburyfringe Thinking of performing at Shaftesbury Fringe? There’s just over a month to go before registration closes on 14 April. See website for details, and help us to make this the best Fringe yet! . . . . . . . #shaftesburyfringe #shaftesbury #visitshaftesbury #fringefestival #artsfestival #whatsonindorset #dorsetevents #arts #performance #drama #comedy #music #theatre #poetry

    shaftesburyarts: "Posted @withrepost • @shaftesburyfringe Thinking of performing at Shaftesbury Fringe? There’s just over a month to go before registration closes on 14 April. See website for details, and help us to make this the best Fringe yet!
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  • Charlotte Dooley has been painting for the past four years and exhibits with her mentor and friend, professional artist, Peter Gardner in the gallery until Tuesday 12 March. #ageisjustanumber #ageconcern #ruralart #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/jImh30nWxyW

    shaftesburyarts: "Charlotte Dooley has been painting for the past four years and exhibits with her mentor and friend, professional artist, Peter Gardner in the gallery until Tuesday 12 March. #ageisjustanumber #ageconcern #ruralart #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/jImh30nWxyW"
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