ENTER THE MASRWOOD VALE AWARDS

mv-awards-2015_logoArtists are invited to submit work to any one (or more) of the categories and the relevant judge will select three artists from that category to exhibit in a high-profile mixed exhibition at the Bridport Arts Centre from 24th October – 21st November 2015.

The Marshwood Arts Awards is the third in a series that began in 2008. Designed to highlight and promote the wealth of creativity in the South West, the Awards are divided into six categories Continue reading

Local Faces and Bridport Scenes In Nicole Burt’s Arts Centre Mural

Aritst Nicole Burt has unScreen Shot 2015-04-23 at 13.06.27veiled a mural that is a real visual delight. The artwork that details Bridport’s relationship with its favorite Arts Centre will be on display in the foyer until 9 May.

Bridport based Nicole is a illustrator, artist, wall muralist and professional doodler. She’s inspired by people, relationships and her surroundings, creating quirky tongue in cheek, designs in a variety of different styles.

If you look closely at the mural in the Arts Centre foyer you will see some of Bridport’s favorite acts as well as some familiar scenes. Continue reading

Ballet Central 2014 nationwide tour to perform at Bridport Arts Centre

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.26.23The renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central’s 2014 nationwide tour is underway and will perform at Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 7 June at 7.30pm.

The annual Ballet Central tour offers a chance to see some of the most highly skilled, new dance talent perform newly commissioned works and much-loved revivals by the dance industry’s top choreographers.

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Sir John Colfox and Beaminster Schools Writing Workshop

west-dorset-district-council-175x175In October 2014 a group of students from Sir John Colfox and Beaminster schools took part in a week-long writing workshop with writer and producer Paul Dodgson to create original radio dramas. The two pieces they developed were a contemporary response to Little Red Riding Hood and can be heard by following the links below.

Jelly Snakes was written and performed by Alice Etherington, Carly Poole, Adam Harris and Bethan Hewitt-Bell

Faded Purple was written and performed by Monika Krzysztopolska, Ruby Neville, Sam Green and Lucy Taylor.

Both plays were recorded at The Humph studio at Bridport Youth Centre and produced and edited by Paul Dodgson

The project was supported with a grant from the Leisure Development Fund at West Dorset District Council”

BAC welcomes the appointment of its new Director – Laura Cockett

Laura headshot 1Bridport Arts Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director Laura Cockett.

Laura joins BAC from Hope Street Limited in Liverpool where she is a currently the Projects Producer. Hope Street Limited is a major Arts organisation and part of the Arts Councils’ National Portfolio which has led on many projects in Liverpool and beyond. Many of these have been in partnership with Liverpool City Council and cultural partners in the North West. She has headed up the ’On the Verge ‘ Festival which is dedicated to developing new work and emerging artists. Among her other projects ‘Suitcase’ saw performances in 10 train stations across the country. Continue reading

JOIN US AT THE MET OPERA

indexBe transported to New York’s world-famous Metropolitan Opera House with a series of performance broadcasts at Bridport Arts Centre. Audiences will get to see a series of 10 live performances transmitted in high definition from the famous opera house in New York.

The season starts with Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi on Tues 14 October.Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts. Continue reading

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PRESENT A SHOW ON BRIDPORT FM?

IMG_2015We are looking for new people to co-present our daily lunchtime and Mon – Fri drive time radio shows going out at midday and 5pm. This will include doing live interviews and researching for the interviews beforehand. Ideally we want two presenters per show and we can try to match you up if you don’t have a co-presenter in mind. Full training will be given. This offer is open to anyone aged 16+ but preference will be given to people who haven’t presented a live radio show before. Get in touch with Kate at kate@bridport-arts.com or via the Bridport FM Facebook page as soon as possible.

Kate Wilson ~ Learning Co-Ordinator

BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE SUCESSFULL IN IT’S APPLICATION FOR NATIONAL PORTFOLIO FUNDING

Polly outside of BACBridport Arts Centre is pleased to report that our application for Arts Council England National Portfolio funding for 2015-18 has been successful, and we will receive a continuation of our annual funding at the present level.

In our 40th Anniversary year, this award is a strong endorsement of the Arts Centre’s work locally and regionally and confirms our position as an important part of the cultural landscape in Dorset and the South West.

This ongoing support from the ACE will enable us to continue our diverse and high quality programme of live performance, film, exhibitions and talks, and also to continue to develop our learning and outreach work.

We’d like to thank ACE and all our other supporters, and to send our congratulations to everyone who received NPO funding and commiserations to those who did not

Polly Gifford, Director

A Wine Tasting Evening with Steven Spurrier

017#2We’re delighted to announce that its recent fundraising event has raised £1400 for the Arts Centre Funds.

The wine tasting evening was led by the internationally renowned wine expert Steven Spurrier. The event – A Tour de France – highlighted a range of French wines. These were specially selected by Mark Banham who is in charge of Palmers Wines in Bridport. The sell out event was held in the Allsop Gallery at the Arts Centre. After the wine tasting a buffet themed to complement the French wines was provided by Modan Catering. Cudmore Event Hire provided the logistical support for the event.  Continue reading