Supporting Creativity

You probably know that the Arts Centre is a multi-arts venue. You might not know that we are a registered charity. The kind generosity of supporters like you, means that we can transform lives by providing creative opportunities.

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£5-£50

A gift of up to £50 could:

Give a young person aged 14-25 their FREE BACStage Pass membership. (Setting this up costs around £10 per person).

Provide a free ticket for a carer when they accompany an audience member with a disability to an event.

£50-£100

Your donation of £51-£100 could:

Subsidise a place in our Youth Theatre for a full term for a local young person aged 12-18.

Support a Dementia Friendly film screening for people with dementia, their family and carers.

£100-£500

A donation of £100-£500 could:

Help to mount a visual arts show in the Cafe and Foyer galleries, supporting local artists.

Support the delivery of activities for children and young people, like our summer programme, Jamboree!

£500-£1000

Your gift of £501 - £1000 could:

Support the costs of mounting an exhibition in the Allsop Gallery.

Cover the costs of a workshop delivered free to children in local schools.

Help to bring an important performance to Arts Centre audiences.

£1000-£3000

Your donation over £1000 could:

Cover the production costs of the next Youth Theatre performance.

Support the expansion of the BACStage Pass membership scheme, a free to join programme to help young people aged 14-25 access the arts in their area.

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Where does the money come from?

Public investment from Arts Council England, West Dorset County Council and Bridport Town Council equates to less than 20% of our income. Each year, with your help, we raise the vital funds we need to continue our work within the community.

18% – Public investment
32% – Ticket sales and theatre activity
4% –   Grants for community workshops
2% –   Visual arts
8% –   Raising funds from trading
13% – Fundraised income
23% – Bridport Prize Writing competition fundraising

18%PUBLIC23%BRIDPORT PRIZE13%FUNDRAISING8%TRADING2%VISUAL ARTS4%GRANTS32%TICKET SALES

What does the money get spent on?

BACStage Youth Theatre

Every week during term time, young people aged 12-18 make BAC their home for a few hours. BACStage is a safe and supportive space that helps develop their social and communication skills and build confidence. Some of the young people coming along today will be the theatre makers of tomorrow. Keeping BACStage fees as low as £2 an hour for our young people costs BAC around £5,000 a year.

 

Visual Arts

It costs over £30,000 a year to run the Allsop Gallery and to keep it free to enter for all. This includes the costs of exhibitions, staff costs and maintenance of the gallery space. We are committed to bringing high quality and diverse visual arts shows to Bridport, and to supporting local artists to exhibit.

 

Shows and events

We firmly believe that our rural community deserves world-class arts and culture. The costs of work varies depending on the programme every year, but we can expect to expend between £80,000 – £100,000 each year to bring to Bridport the theatre, dance, comedy and music our audiences of all ages want to see.

 

Keeping the rain out

Our beautiful building is nearly 200 years old and needs a lot of care to preserve and protect the fabric of the spaces. From roof repairs to replacement technical equipment, to the day-to-day cleaning, these costs are in the region of £20,000 a year.

 

Let there be light

We are open to the public six days a week, 50 weeks of the year – that’s a lot of heat, light and water! We have solar panels on the roof, Smart lighting systems, energy-efficient LED lights and dual flush toilets to reduce water consumption – but our utility bills are still more than £10,000 a year.

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