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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 £24 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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  • Last few days to see 'Elements' in the gallery - closes 4pm 24 July. Holly Norris and Stephen Yates show a selection of their work inspired by their travels and life on Portland. #embroidery #applique #weave #ceramics #painting #collaboration http://ow.ly/AEsW30kVZ1f

    shaftesburyarts: "Last few days to see 'Elements' in the gallery - closes 4pm 24 July. Holly Norris and Stephen Yates show a selection of their work inspired by their travels and life on Portland. #embroidery #applique #weave #ceramics #painting #collaboration http://ow.ly/AEsW30kVZ1f"
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  • Continuing this week to 24 July, in the gallery 'Elements' from Holy Norris and Stephen Yates. #textiles #painting #ceramics #pallingtonlakes #australia #portland #morocco #naturalform #flora http://ow.ly/lfZq30kVYHb

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week to 24 July, in the gallery 'Elements' from Holy Norris and Stephen Yates. #textiles #painting #ceramics #pallingtonlakes #australia #portland #morocco #naturalform #flora http://ow.ly/lfZq30kVYHb"
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  • In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 19 July - Shaftesbury School A-Level Art. #organicforms #contemporary #expressive #bodyimage #structures #schoolart #youthissues #experiments #sketchbooks @shaftesbury_sch_art #artdepartment http://ow.ly/Fhny30kWsOH

    shaftesburyarts: "In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 19 July - Shaftesbury School A-Level Art. #organicforms #contemporary #expressive #bodyimage #structures #schoolart #youthissues #experiments #sketchbooks @shaftesbury_sch_art #artdepartment http://ow.ly/Fhny30kWsOH"
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  • In the gallery to 24 July Holly Norris and Stephen Yates present 'Elements' inspired by #travels #sea #shore #architecture #richcolours #subtlecolours #texture #pattern #dorsetartists #portlandartists #closedsunday http://ow.ly/PBhv30kVYqc

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery to 24 July Holly Norris and Stephen Yates present 'Elements' inspired by #travels #sea #shore #architecture #richcolours #subtlecolours #texture #pattern #dorsetartists #portlandartists #closedsunday  http://ow.ly/PBhv30kVYqc"
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  • In the gallery to 24 July - 'Elements' paintings, pots, textiles and collaborative pieces by @hollymnorris and @stephen_yates_artist #Dorsetartists #portland #seashore #antipodes #seaanenome #cliffs http://ow.ly/t3Qj30kUfg7

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery to 24 July - 'Elements' paintings, pots, textiles and collaborative pieces by @hollymnorris and @stephen_yates_artist  #Dorsetartists #portland #seashore #antipodes #seaanenome #cliffs http://ow.ly/t3Qj30kUfg7"
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  • Last two days for 'Walking Feet' in the gallery. Five textile artists set each other challenges to produce an exhibition with five sets of hangings with common features. #treechallenges #complexpiece #9patch #quilting closes Tues 10 July 4pm http://ow.ly/VdnZ30kNGHE

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days for 'Walking Feet' in the gallery. Five textile artists set each other challenges to produce an exhibition with five sets of hangings with common features. #treechallenges #complexpiece #9patch #quilting closes Tues 10 July 4pm http://ow.ly/VdnZ30kNGHE"
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  • Walking Feet in the gallery to 10 July - five Dorset textile artists. #saristripchallenge #9patchchallenge #embellishment #printedtextiles #patchwork #quilting #dorsetmags #dorsetlife #iloveshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XsKI30kNGp9

    shaftesburyarts: "Walking Feet in the gallery to 10 July - five Dorset textile artists. #saristripchallenge #9patchchallenge #embellishment #printedtextiles #patchwork #quilting #dorsetmags #dorsetlife #iloveshaftesbury http://ow.ly/XsKI30kNGp9"
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  • This weekend in the gallery printmakers Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell with 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea'. Meet the artists Saturday pm and enjoy a cream tea! Open Sunday. #shaftesburyfringe #dorsetlife #coastalsailing #printmaking #drawing #painting http://ow.ly/yelC30kHEK4

    shaftesburyarts: "This weekend in the gallery printmakers Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell with 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea'. Meet the artists Saturday pm and enjoy a cream tea! Open Sunday. #shaftesburyfringe #dorsetlife #coastalsailing #printmaking #drawing #painting http://ow.ly/yelC30kHEK4"
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  • In the gallery this week - 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea' - Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell. #printmaking #monotype #painting #drawing #seaside #dorsetcoast #jurassiccoast #opensunday #shaftesburyfringe http://ow.ly/vZbA30kHEwp

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week - 'The Art of Staring Out to Sea' - Sarah Humby and Jayne Soakell. #printmaking #monotype #painting #drawing #seaside #dorsetcoast #jurassiccoast #opensunday #shaftesburyfringe http://ow.ly/vZbA30kHEwp"
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  • Last weekend for Creative & Brave - open Sunday, closes Tuesday 26 June. Three women artists. #fineart #crafts and #design #localrtists #dorsetart #dorsetlife #doersetmags http://ow.ly/lT3630kuBxF

    shaftesburyarts: "Last weekend for Creative & Brave - open Sunday, closes Tuesday 26 June. Three women artists. #fineart #crafts and  #design #localrtists #dorsetart #dorsetlife #doersetmags http://ow.ly/lT3630kuBxF"
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