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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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It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too! @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/Tpfi50yhAcY

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You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS

It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/Y9vV50yhzl0

Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/jhnr50yhySZ

Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks! @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/flQa50yhyL1

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  • It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too! @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/YOvI50yhAcX

    shaftesburyarts: "It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too!  @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/YOvI50yhAcX"
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  • You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS

    shaftesburyarts: "You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS"
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  • It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/3VVD50yhzkZ

    shaftesburyarts: "It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/3VVD50yhzkZ"
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  • Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/ytLD50yhySV

    shaftesburyarts: "Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile  #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/ytLD50yhySV"
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  • Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks! @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/ZqTV50yhyL0

    shaftesburyarts: "Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks!  @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/ZqTV50yhyL0"
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  • Congratulations to @percylizzard who's painting 'White Bird with Snowdrop' has been chosen by the committee to be the poster image for next year. Continues until 23rd Feb so plenty of time to see it. @SnowdropWalks #happypainting #collage #ceramictiles http://ow.ly/13DT50yhygV

    shaftesburyarts: "Congratulations to @percylizzard who's painting 'White Bird with Snowdrop' has been chosen by the committee to be the poster image for next year. Continues until 23rd Feb so plenty of time to see it. @SnowdropWalks #happypainting #collage #ceramictiles  http://ow.ly/13DT50yhygV"
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  • It’s the first weekend of Shaftesbury Snowdrops Festival with study sessions, walks and this amazing open exhibition in the gallery which continues to 23 February. @snowdropwalks @visitshaftesbury @bbccountryfile #sculpure #mosaic #painting #galanthus #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyartists #westcountryartists

    shaftesburyarts: "It’s the first weekend of Shaftesbury Snowdrops Festival with study sessions, walks and this amazing open exhibition in the gallery which continues to 23 February. @snowdropwalks @visitshaftesbury @bbccountryfile #sculpure #mosaic #painting #galanthus #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyartists #westcountryartists"
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  • The Snowdrop exhibition opens tomorrow at 10am to herald the start of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival. As always there is a vast range of approaches to portraying Shaftesbury’s adopted flower. @snowdropwalks @shaftesburytown @bbccountryfilelive #galanthus #snowdropseason #milkflowers

    shaftesburyarts: "The Snowdrop exhibition opens tomorrow at 10am to herald the start of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival. As always there is a vast range of approaches to portraying Shaftesbury’s adopted flower. @snowdropwalks @shaftesburytown @bbccountryfilelive #galanthus #snowdropseason #milkflowers"
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  • It's the last week to see Welcome 20, the taster show that previews the exhibitions of 2020. Continues to Saturday 1st February. @dorsetartweeks #creativetextiles #ceramics #interpretingthesea #jurassiccoast #landscapepainting #sculpture http://ow.ly/e7t950xY8rP

    shaftesburyarts: "It's the last week to see Welcome 20, the taster show that previews the exhibitions of 2020. Continues to Saturday 1st February. @dorsetartweeks #creativetextiles #ceramics #interpretingthesea #jurassiccoast #landscapepainting #sculpture http://ow.ly/e7t950xY8rP"
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  • Gallery open today, Sunday 10am-4pm and until 1st February. Great variety of medium and style from familiar artists and newcomers. @nationaltrust @WoodlandTrust #upcyclingsurfaces #wildlife #figuresculpture #textiles #abstractpainting #moonlanding http://ow.ly/jS1550xY7V0

    shaftesburyarts: "Gallery open today, Sunday 10am-4pm and until 1st February. Great variety of medium and style from familiar artists and newcomers. @nationaltrust @WoodlandTrust #upcyclingsurfaces #wildlife #figuresculpture #textiles #abstractpainting #moonlanding http://ow.ly/jS1550xY7V0"
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