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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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It is Dress Rehearsal day for The Nutcracker – a pantomime!

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  • The Gallery opens its doors for 2019 with Welcome 19, a taster show with art representing each of the 32 exhibitions that are booked this year. A huge variety of style, technique and subject matter. Until 2 February. #oilpainting #impasto #collage http://ow.ly/bMPE30nmONz

    shaftesburyarts: "The Gallery opens its doors for 2019 with Welcome 19, a taster show with art representing each of the 32 exhibitions that are booked this year. A huge variety of style, technique and subject matter. Until 2 February. #oilpainting #impasto #collage http://ow.ly/bMPE30nmONz"
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  • In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 27 Jan - Footprints - photography by Neil Baird. Social commentary on the theme of climate change. What is your carbon footprint? #climatechange #carbonfootprint #portraits #frequentflyer #longhaul #walking #driving http://ow.ly/L7h030nmNv6

    shaftesburyarts: "In the Ron Holmes Gallery until 27 Jan - Footprints - photography by Neil Baird. Social commentary on the theme of climate change. What is your carbon footprint?
#climatechange #carbonfootprint #portraits #frequentflyer #longhaul #walking #driving http://ow.ly/L7h030nmNv6"
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  • The gallery team have been busy refreshing the walls with their annual coat of paint ready for the first exhibition of the year 'Welcome19' which opens on 17 January. Find out more in this interview http://thisisalfred.com/arts/shaftesbury-art-centre-previewing-this-years-gallery-artists/ #artinshaftesbury #tastershow http://ow.ly/kOiL30nhL7S

    shaftesburyarts: "The gallery team have been busy refreshing the walls with their annual coat of paint ready for the first exhibition of the year 'Welcome19' which opens on 17 January. Find out more in this interview http://thisisalfred.com/arts/shaftesbury-art-centre-previewing-this-years-gallery-artists/  #artinshaftesbury #tastershow http://ow.ly/kOiL30nhL7S"
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  • Last two days to see this exhibition. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott. #ceramics #pastellandscapes #pastelstilllifes #decorative #functional #crafts #postChristmasgift #artisforlifenotjustforchristmas http://ow.ly/xfw230n3Vly

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this exhibition. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott. #ceramics #pastellandscapes #pastelstilllifes #decorative #functional #crafts #postChristmasgift #artisforlifenotjustforchristmas http://ow.ly/xfw230n3Vly"
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  • Walking off the excesses of the festivities? Wander into the gallery to see Eeles' Pottery and Keith Stott's soft pastels. Open every day until New Year's Day. #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset #swirlsandspirals #lustrousglazes #locallandscapes http://ow.ly/UO4e30n3V1p

    shaftesburyarts: "Walking off the excesses of the festivities? Wander into the gallery to see Eeles' Pottery and Keith Stott's soft pastels. Open every day until New Year's Day. #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset #swirlsandspirals #lustrousglazes #locallandscapes http://ow.ly/UO4e30n3V1p"
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  • Great for last minute Christmas shopping - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels. In the gallery everyday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day until 1st January. #lustreglaze #tablelamps #vases #ceramics #landscapes #softpastels #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Ssiw30n3TKA

    shaftesburyarts: "Great for last minute Christmas shopping - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels. In the gallery everyday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day until 1st January. #lustreglaze #tablelamps #vases #ceramics #landscapes #softpastels #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Ssiw30n3TKA"
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  • In the gallery until 1st January 2019 - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels with their annual Christmas show. #studiopottery #ceramics #landscapes #affordableart #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Vb1E30n16tH

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery until 1st January 2019 - Eeles Pottery and Keith Stott Pastels with their annual Christmas show. #studiopottery #ceramics #landscapes #affordableart #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/Vb1E30n16tH"
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  • Last two days to see this rich and diverse exhibition - Perguadeo closes tomorrow at 4pm. #collagraph #silvergoldjewellery #cyanotype #ceramicsculpture #mixedmedia #painting #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas #affordableart http://ow.ly/HvRH30mSeLF

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this rich and diverse exhibition - Perguadeo closes tomorrow at 4pm. #collagraph #silvergoldjewellery #cyanotype #ceramicsculpture #mixedmedia #painting #supportlocalartists #giveartforchristmas #affordableart http://ow.ly/HvRH30mSeLF"
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