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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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Today should be the start of Alan Booth's exhibition in the gallery, sadly cancelled. Here is a selection of his work. Inspired by natural form he embraces photography & ceramics to express his passion. Find out more on https://www.alan-booth.com/exhibition-2020 #naturalform #photography #ceramics

Here is a selection of the work that Elizabeth Hand would have brought to the gallery for her exhibition this week. You can find more of her art on her website http://www.heritagecourtyardstudio.com or contact her directly by email lizhand2@hotmail.com #travellingartist #Myanama #historictraces

Today should be the first day of Elizabeth Hand's exhibition 'Traces'. Sadly, it is cancelled but you can see more of her work on the website for the Heritage Courtyard Studio where she works. Link below #distantplaces #abandonedplaces #Myanmar http://ow.ly/ScN450yUCXY

Last two days to see 'Mind and Matter' an exhibition of work by Piers Muiry, London based artist. Closes tomorrow ant 4pm. Dreamscapes and fractal mandala's with a nod to Fibonacci show Pier's versatility in style. #monument #dreamscape #mandala #relief http://ow.ly/hfzY50yMeJb

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  • Here is a selection of the work that Elizabeth Hand would have brought to the gallery for her exhibition this week. You can find more of her art on her website www.heritagecourtyardstudio.com or contact her directly by email lizhand2@hotmail.com #travellingartist #Myanama #historictraces

    shaftesburyarts: "Here is a selection of the work that Elizabeth Hand would have brought to the gallery for her exhibition this week. You can find more of her art on her website www.heritagecourtyardstudio.com or contact her directly by email lizhand2@hotmail.com #travellingartist #Myanama #historictraces"
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  • Today should be the first day of Elizabeth Hand's exhibition 'Traces'. Sadly, it is cancelled but you can see more of her work on the website for the Heritage Courtyard Studio where she works. Link below #distantplaces #abandonedplaces #Myanmar http://ow.ly/GDEX50yUCXX

    shaftesburyarts: "Today should be the first day of Elizabeth Hand's exhibition 'Traces'. Sadly, it is cancelled but you can see more of her work on the website for the Heritage Courtyard Studio where she works. Link below #distantplaces #abandonedplaces #Myanmar http://ow.ly/GDEX50yUCXX"
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  • Last two days to see 'Mind and Matter' an exhibition of work by Piers Muiry, London based artist. Closes tomorrow ant 4pm. Dreamscapes and fractal mandala's with a nod to Fibonacci show Pier's versatility in style. #monument #dreamscape #mandala #relief http://ow.ly/HAJ250yMeJc

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see 'Mind and Matter' an exhibition of work by Piers Muiry, London based artist. Closes tomorrow ant 4pm. Dreamscapes and fractal mandala's with a nod to Fibonacci show Pier's versatility in style. #monument #dreamscape #mandala #relief http://ow.ly/HAJ250yMeJc"
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  • Continuing this week and to 24 March, 'Mind and Matter' from Piers Muiry. Portraiture (commissions taken) and imagined landscapes add to the range of ideas and styles in this exhibition. #portraits #dreamscapes #oiloncanvas #painting #mindandmatter http://ow.ly/A5RG50yMex2

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week and to 24 March, 'Mind and Matter' from Piers Muiry. Portraiture (commissions taken) and imagined landscapes add to the range of ideas and styles in this exhibition. #portraits #dreamscapes #oiloncanvas #painting #mindandmatter http://ow.ly/A5RG50yMex2"
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  • Open all weekend including Sunday, Piers Muiry shows his interest in symbolism and ritual in this eclectic exhibition 'Mind and Matter' #stag #fractals #masque #peacock #mesmerised #dreaming http://ow.ly/MTSf50yJ3pY

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday, Piers Muiry shows his interest in symbolism and ritual in this eclectic exhibition 'Mind and Matter' #stag #fractals #masque #peacock #mesmerised #dreaming http://ow.ly/MTSf50yJ3pY"
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  • In the gallery until 24 March, 'Mind and Matter' from London based artist, Piers Muiry. Paintings which show the influence of his travels to India. #portraits #lifeinIndia #bodyandmind #mindandmatter #artinshaftesbury #artfromindia http://ow.ly/Bt6H50yJ2dw

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery until 24 March, 'Mind and Matter' from London based artist, Piers Muiry. Paintings which show the influence of his travels to India. #portraits #lifeinIndia #bodyandmind #mindandmatter #artinshaftesbury #artfromindia http://ow.ly/Bt6H50yJ2dw"
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  • Last two days to see 'The Winter Visitor' showing the original paintings for a children's book written by Nick Andrew and illustrated by Tanya Hinton. Closes tomorrow at 4pm @WiltshireWild #wildlifeonreclaimedwood #annotatedenvironments #mixedmediadrawing http://ow.ly/MAsm50yAKfy

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see 'The Winter Visitor' showing the original paintings for a children's book written by Nick Andrew and illustrated by Tanya Hinton. Closes tomorrow at 4pm  @WiltshireWild #wildlifeonreclaimedwood #annotatedenvironments #mixedmediadrawing http://ow.ly/MAsm50yAKfy"
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  • 'The Winter Visitor' is a must see and is open every day until 10 March including Sunday. Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton capture the season in rural Wiltshire through painting and mixed media drawings. #wylyevalley #childrensbook #localartists #wildlife http://ow.ly/tfnx50yAJM5

    shaftesburyarts: "'The Winter Visitor' is a must see and is open every day until 10 March including Sunday. Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton capture the season in rural Wiltshire through painting and mixed media drawings. #wylyevalley #childrensbook #localartists #wildlife http://ow.ly/tfnx50yAJM5"
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  • Continuing this week and to 10 March, Nick Andrew's recent paintings of the River Wylye on canvas and paper with Tanya Hinton's paintings of wildlife on reclaimed wood. @WiltshireWild #wildwoodarts #wylyevalley #thewintervisitor #artinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/FJIg50yzCid

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week and to 10 March, Nick Andrew's recent paintings of the River Wylye on canvas and paper with Tanya Hinton's paintings of wildlife on reclaimed wood. @WiltshireWild #wildwoodarts #wylyevalley #thewintervisitor #artinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/FJIg50yzCid"
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  • Open all weekend, inc Sunday 10am-4pm - 'The Winter Visitor' paintings and mixed media drawings from Nick Andrews and Tanya Hinton. Their new book of the same title is also available at the gallery. #wildwoodart #reclaimed #oilpainting #acrylicpainting http://ow.ly/6NQD50yzeig

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend, inc Sunday 10am-4pm - 'The Winter Visitor' paintings and mixed media drawings from Nick Andrews and Tanya Hinton. Their new book of the same title is also available at the gallery. #wildwoodart #reclaimed #oilpainting #acrylicpainting http://ow.ly/6NQD50yzeig"
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