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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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Last two days to see Christine Rogers super-realist paintings of the Dorset Coast. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #closeup #photorealism #onthebeach #dorsetcoast #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset https://t.co/sZLjjywy2t

This evening 5-6.30pm, Christine Rogers invites you to a celebration of her exhibition of seascapes in the gallery. Open all weekend including Sunday and until 16th July. #pulpitrock #portlanddorset #jurassiccoast #supportdorsetartists #visitshaftesbur https://t.co/gBpqMSqD0T

Surf’s up! In the gallery this week super-realist paintings from Christine Rogers until 16 July. Come in an cool off! #dorsetcoast #summerseas #superrealism #lightandcolour #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset https://t.co/MPHYMCvzbX

Last two days to see this colourful painterly exhibition from Sabine Abrahams. ‘Open Interpretations’ closed tomorrow at 4pm. #warmpalette #texture #boldshapes #naturalform #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury #highpointofdorset https://t.co/jhqTg7w9RF

As part of the Fringe in the Ron Holmes Gallery until 7th July, Venezuelan artist, David Vina exhibits his installation portraying fashion as a living being. #communitcation #socialcommentary #fluidity #female #fashion #installation #shaftesburyfringe https://t.co/ZBx54OBAoO

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  • Last two days to see Christine Rogers super-realist paintings of the Dorset Coast. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #closeup #photorealism #onthebeach #dorsetcoast #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/U0tA50uXsm0

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see Christine Rogers super-realist paintings of the Dorset Coast. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #closeup #photorealism #onthebeach #dorsetcoast #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset  http://ow.ly/U0tA50uXsm0"
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  • This evening 5-6.30pm, Christine Rogers invites you to a celebration of her exhibition of seascapes in the gallery. Open all weekend including Sunday and until 16th July. #pulpitrock #portlanddorset #jurassiccoast #supportdorsetartists #visitshaftesbur ow.ly/gkPa50uXrQ0

    shaftesburyarts: "This evening 5-6.30pm, Christine Rogers invites you to a celebration of her exhibition of seascapes in the gallery. Open all weekend including Sunday and until 16th July. #pulpitrock #portlanddorset #jurassiccoast #supportdorsetartists #visitshaftesbur  ow.ly/gkPa50uXrQ0"
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  • Surf's up! In the gallery this week super-realist paintings from Christine Rogers until 16 July. Come in an cool off! #dorsetcoast #summerseas #superrealism #lightandcolour #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/MMX350uXrzZ

    shaftesburyarts: "Surf's up! In the gallery this week super-realist paintings from Christine Rogers until 16 July. Come in an cool off! #dorsetcoast #summerseas #superrealism #lightandcolour #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset  http://ow.ly/MMX350uXrzZ"
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  • Last two days to see this colourful painterly exhibition from Sabine Abrahams. 'Open Interpretations' closed tomorrow at 4pm. #warmpalette #texture #boldshapes #naturalform #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury #highpointofdorset http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this colourful painterly exhibition from Sabine Abrahams. 'Open Interpretations' closed tomorrow at 4pm. #warmpalette #texture #boldshapes #naturalform #westcountryartist #visitshaftesbury #highpointofdorset  http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events"
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  • Down the Rabbit Hole has just kicked off at the Arts Centre with @iainlee - all very jolly! . . . . . . . . #shaftesburyfringe #radio #dorset #shaftesbury #fringe #live #talkradio #worldfringe #weekend #comedy #visitdorset

    shaftesburyarts: "Down the Rabbit Hole has just kicked off at the Arts Centre with @iainlee - all very jolly!
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  • It’s looking mighty fine down Bell Street - step inside and enjoy the @shaftesburyfringe acts we have on this weekend. Touch peckish? Saturday we have a pop up cafe from 10 til 10. . . #bellstreet #shaftesburyfringe #arts #music #comedy #theatre #art #fringe #weekendvibes #dorsetrocks #dorset #shaftesbury

    shaftesburyarts: "It’s looking mighty fine down Bell Street - step inside and enjoy the @shaftesburyfringe acts we have on this weekend. Touch peckish? Saturday we have a pop up cafe from 10 til 10.
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#bellstreet #shaftesburyfringe #arts #music #comedy #theatre #art #fringe #weekendvibes #dorsetrocks #dorset #shaftesbury"
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  • Check out all the lovely acts we’ve got coming to the Arts Centre in Bell Street for @shaftesburyfringe - all kinds of interesting performances throughout the weekend. And tomorrow from 10 til 10 you can grab a bite at our pop up cafe. Sorted! . . #shaftesburyfringe #music #theatre #weekend #arts #comedy #shaftesbury #dorset #lotsgoingon #comeandsayhello #cafe #fringe @visitshaftesbury @swisbest @visitdorset

    shaftesburyarts: "Check out all the lovely acts we’ve got coming to the Arts Centre in Bell Street for @shaftesburyfringe - all kinds of interesting performances throughout the weekend. And tomorrow from 10 til 10 you can grab a bite at our pop up cafe. Sorted!
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#shaftesburyfringe #music #theatre #weekend #arts #comedy #shaftesbury #dorset #lotsgoingon #comeandsayhello #cafe #fringe @visitshaftesbury @swisbest @visitdorset"
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  • Adding to the colour of the Fringe this weekend are the paintings of Sabine Abrahams in the gallery and until 9th July. #naturalform #abstractcomposition #currentaffairs #stilllife #landscape #shaftesburyfringe http://ow.ly/XhP650uPa35

    shaftesburyarts: "Adding to the colour of the Fringe this weekend are the paintings of Sabine Abrahams in the gallery and until 9th July. #naturalform #abstractcomposition #currentaffairs #stilllife #landscape #shaftesburyfringe  http://ow.ly/XhP650uPa35"
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  • Continuing in the gallery this week to 9th July - 'Open Interpretations' from Sabine Abrahams. It is worth looking carefully for the symbolism in many of these paintings. #socialcommentary #narrativepaintings #modernlife #westcountryartist http://ow.ly/vYER50uP9zw

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing in the gallery this week to 9th July - 'Open Interpretations' from Sabine Abrahams. It is worth looking carefully for the symbolism in many of these paintings. #socialcommentary #narrativepaintings #modernlife #westcountryartist  http://ow.ly/vYER50uP9zw"
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  • The gardeners who opened their gardens got the chance to visit the Open Gardens themselves last night, and what an evening to do it! Everything smelt heavenly, the views were amazing, and we topped it off with sunset drinks. Shaftesbury - you’re amazing! . #opengardens #shaftesbury #fundraising #flowerstagram #gardeninspo #garden #greenfingers #dorset

    shaftesburyarts: "The gardeners who opened their gardens got the chance to visit the Open Gardens themselves last night, and what an evening to do it! Everything smelt heavenly, the views were amazing, and we topped it off with sunset drinks. Shaftesbury - you’re amazing!
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#opengardens #shaftesbury #fundraising #flowerstagram #gardeninspo #garden #greenfingers #dorset"
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