JAMBOREE: Fun during the Summer Holidays

Bridport Arts Centre and The Lyric Theatre are excited to be presenting Jamboree!

Join us for a second Summer of creative activities and fantastic family friendly performances in a variety of spaces around Bridport.

A full programme can be downloaded below, you can pick up your copy from the Arts Centre, or browse all events on our website  – so don’t worry, we’ve got Summer covered!


Heather our Work Experience reviews our exhibition

Exhibition Review – The Milking Parlour

By Heather Lambourn

” Whilst walking around the gallery the first exhibit you will come across is a section of wall covered with about fourteen black boards, a TV playing a short film and a bench and chair.

The first thing I did was sit and watch the short film. It was about a woman called Nessie who went to a cattle farm and spent time with the cows there. She focused especially on two cows that she eventually took to the harbour side in Bristol. She set up a big white tent to act as the ‘barn’ and laid lots of hay inside for the two cows to sleep on. She also made herself a bed from hay bales and blankets, she stayed with the cows for three days and it attracted a lot of attention!

The film is about the fact that milk in Britain has become cheaper than water and this leads to the question, what price do we actually pay for our milk? Dairy farming has a big impact on the environment and the demand for low milk prices results in thorough bred cows that are injected with hormones and fed large quantities of food to keep the amount of produce up and the time taken to produce it down.

I think that this exhibit stands out from the rest in the fact that it isn’t complicated to understand and the message behind it is ultimately your own opinion. Also I think that it is has a quirky gimmick that interests you and keeps the story from being just about boring cows, after all it isn’t every day that you see two cows outside a night club in Bristol.

There is a part in the production where a man she is talking to says that you can think of any environmental issue; deforestation, global warming, climate change or even floods and in some way it can be linked back to the choices we make as human beings. In the short film the artist tells us that the reason she set up the milking parlour in Bristol was because she wants to motivate and create an area for people to discuss these issues, whilst explore the impacts of different lifestyle choices.”

‘The Milking Parlour’ was a Cape Farewell residency based in Bristol and Nessie Reid’s work is on view alongside two other projects, Field of Wheat by artists Anne-Marie Culhane & Ruth Levene and EXCHANGE by Artists Chris Drury & Poet Kay Syrad in the Allsop Gallery.

CAPE FAREWELL runs until Saturday 3 June in the Allsop Gallery, Open Tues-Sat, 10-4

Heather attends Bridport Arts Centre’s Youth Theatre – BACstage and is doing work experience with us for a few weeks! If you are interested in work experience or how to volunteer at Bridport Arts Centre contact Megan Dunford the Exhibitions & Participation Officer – participation@bridport-arts.com


Opportunity to work at Bridport Art Centre

Bridport Arts Centre seeks a skilled and dedicated Technical Manager to run their newly refurbished theatre, which has just benefitted from significant investment as part of a capital development programme.

Applications must be received by Midnight on Tuesday 23rd May.

To download the application form click here > Technical-Manager-4:4:17-App-pack

Photo by Pete Millson 2013.
Mobile phone: 07768 077353. UK.
© Pete Millson 2013.
From Page To Screen film festival 2013, Bridport, Dorset.


















Download the full programme here:

From Page To Screen 2017 Programme





















We would like to thank all of out supporters and sponsors for their generosity

Bridport Old Books, Cilla and Camilla, Townsend Engineering, Ingrid Hull, Bearcat Bistro and Supper Club, Bridport Youth and Community Centre, B Sharp, Force 8, Kitchen Collective, New House Farm and Pottery, Olive Tree Restaurant, Wessex Wines.

Two Waiting Staff Positions in a Thriving Arts Venue

Would you like the opportunity to work in a thriving Arts venue and develop on hospitality skills?

This is a great time to join the team at Bridport Arts Centre as we develop our catering offer for our diverse audiences and visitors. This position would suit someone with some previous experience of working in a café or restaurant environment and who is willing to undertake relevant training.

Application: Waiting Staff Positions 3.3.17

Applications must be received by: 10.00am on Monday 27th March 2017


The Alan Williams Bursary

We are pleased to introduce an artistic award is for young people aged 18-25 who are undertaking a recognised programme of study in a performing arts discipline. The award aims to support dedicated students who may otherwise find undertaking

The funds may be used towards a course or living costs.

Applicants must be current or past participants in the Bridport Music Theatre Company.

The final award amount is at the discretion of the panel, but awards are generally between £500 – £1000.

Application deadline: April 1.

Download the form here: The Alan Williams Bursary




  • Bridport Arts Centre is participating in Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign, launching on 18th October 2016
  • Bridport Arts Centre will use funds raised through the campaign to support the work we do in the community.
  • Local Giving will match one-time donations pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months
  • BAC also has funding support from Arts Council England through the Catalyst: Evolve programme, designed to encourage philanthropic giving. ACE will match pound-for-pound the funds raised. So, your £10 will be matched by Local Giving = £20. ACE will match this = £40!

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