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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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Open all weekend including Sunday. Percy Lizzard paintings inspired by travel to India, Africa and the Far East. Exhibition continues to 21 May. #happyelephants #lonelybird #contemoraryframes #contemporaryart #happyart #affordableart https://t.co/msdd79Lbie

This week in the gallery to 21 May. Percy Lizzard with paintings to make you happy! #birdlife #tuscanchurch #giltframes #dorsetartist #theshaftesburygroup https://t.co/RGTdIP463d

Last two days to see ‘Plantation to Palladwr’, Karren Burkett’s solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and printmaking. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #treesnearhome #gloriousspring #summerlight #autumnsoft #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury https://t.co/fsVRSZky6h

Tomorrow is Shaftesbury Food Fair and many will watch the Cheese Race on Gold Hill. Here’s a different approach to famous hill and it’s glorious view from Karren Burkett whose exhibition in the gallery will be open until 4pm. #goldhill #visitshaftesbury https://t.co/82rCsSUK31

‘Plantation to Palladwr’ continues this week in the Gallery until 14 May. Trees in all seasons from Karren Burkett’s surroundings past and present. #lightandcolour #paintinglight #winterspringsummer #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset https://t.co/AfOqWHUHzO

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  • Open all weekend including Sunday. Percy Lizzard paintings inspired by travel to India, Africa and the Far East. Exhibition continues to 21 May. #happyelephants #lonelybird #contemoraryframes #contemporaryart #happyart #affordableart http://ow.ly/hkDJ50uddfa

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday. Percy Lizzard paintings inspired by travel to India, Africa and the Far East. Exhibition continues to 21 May. #happyelephants #lonelybird #contemoraryframes #contemporaryart #happyart #affordableart http://ow.ly/hkDJ50uddfa"
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  • This week in the gallery to 21 May. Percy Lizzard with paintings to make you happy! #birdlife #tuscanchurch #giltframes #dorsetartist #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/yaSO50udc5Q

    shaftesburyarts: "This week in the gallery to 21 May. Percy Lizzard with paintings to make you happy! #birdlife #tuscanchurch #giltframes #dorsetartist #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/yaSO50udc5Q"
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  • Last two days to see 'Plantation to Palladwr', Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and printmaking. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #treesnearhome #gloriousspring #summerlight #autumnsoft #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/C4fL50u7vfZ

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see 'Plantation to Palladwr', Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and printmaking. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #treesnearhome #gloriousspring #summerlight #autumnsoft #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/C4fL50u7vfZ"
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  • Tomorrow is Shaftesbury Food Fair and many will watch the Cheese Race on Gold Hill. Here's a different approach to famous hill and it's glorious view from Karren Burkett whose exhibition in the gallery will be open until 4pm. #goldhill #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/PPhB50u7unI

    shaftesburyarts: "Tomorrow is Shaftesbury Food Fair and many will watch the Cheese Race on Gold Hill. Here's a different approach to famous hill and it's glorious view from Karren Burkett whose exhibition in the gallery will be open until 4pm.  #goldhill #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/PPhB50u7unI"
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  • 'Plantation to Palladwr' continues this week in the Gallery until 14 May. Trees in all seasons from Karren Burkett's surroundings past and present. #lightandcolour #paintinglight #winterspringsummer #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/1vWJ50tBmS2

    shaftesburyarts: "'Plantation to Palladwr' continues this week in the Gallery until 14 May. Trees in all seasons from Karren Burkett's surroundings past and present. #lightandcolour #paintinglight #winterspringsummer #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/1vWJ50tBmS2"
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  • Open all weekend inc. Sunday and Bank Holiday Mon 10am-4pm and to May 14. Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of work showing responses to her past and present. #plantationtopalladwr #ontheedge #oilpainting #charcoal #linocut #shaftesburyartist #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/4zDp50tB0QH

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend inc. Sunday and Bank Holiday Mon 10am-4pm and to May 14. Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of work showing responses to her past and present. #plantationtopalladwr #ontheedge #oilpainting #charcoal #linocut #shaftesburyartist #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/4zDp50tB0QH"
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  • In the gallery until 14 May, 'Plantation to Palladwr'. Paintings, drawings and printmaking from Karren Burkett. She invites you to join her for a drink and a chat this evening 5.30-7.30pm #movinghome #fromthekitchenwindow #wisemonkey #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/PGxr50tAMDX

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery until 14 May, 'Plantation to Palladwr'. Paintings, drawings and printmaking from Karren Burkett. She invites you to join her for a drink and a chat this evening 5.30-7.30pm #movinghome #fromthekitchenwindow #wisemonkey #dorsetartist  http://ow.ly/PGxr50tAMDX"
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  • Last two days to see this mixed exhibition from members of The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group. Closes 4pm tomorrow They meet to make art together on Monday afternoons and welcome new members. #landscapepainting #collage #assemblage #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/hlez50ruGEa

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this mixed exhibition from members of The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group. Closes 4pm tomorrow They meet to make art together on Monday afternoons and welcome new members.  #landscapepainting #collage #assemblage #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/hlez50ruGEa"
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  • Open all weekend including Sunday, The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group with their annual exhibition. #lifedrawing #penandwash #painting #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/DFV550rusqC

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday, The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group with their annual exhibition. #lifedrawing #penandwash #painting #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/DFV550rusqC"
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  • In the gallery this week until 1 May. The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group. A wide range of style and subject. #landscapepainting #stilllife #abstractpainting #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/9NKd50runmf

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week until 1 May. The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group. A wide range of style and subject. #landscapepainting #stilllife #abstractpainting #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/9NKd50runmf"
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