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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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When you dig up broken crocks in the garden and use them for a mosaic windowsill or use scrap wire to create a penny farthing; the ingenuity given to the INSIDE/OUTSIDE competition. These from Julie, Keith, Leslie and Lucy. #upcycling #drawing #painting http://ow.ly/cbcz50zWwvJ

Did you hear the conversation on 1st June on This is Alfred about the history of Shaftesbury Arts Centre? Then have a look at http://ow.ly/M1im50zX8Cf and find out more!

A Phoenix from the Ashes:The Story of The Old Marketplace Theatre and The Shaftesbury Arts Centre.

Two by Two exhibition should have been entering their final week in the Gallery today. Here is the last slide show of the work from Sandy Roberts, Jane Shepherd, Janet Parker-Laird and Sallyrose Dhuev. @dorsetartweeks @shaftesburytown #artinlockdowneasing http://ow.ly/wS1y50zWvt4

Views through in watercolour, abstract symbols and cyanotype feather add to the variety from the adult artists Jane, J. Mason, Jonathon and Jo in the online art competition. @shaftesburytown #roomwithaview #glasshouse #futurism #cyanotype #insideoutside http://ow.ly/GG3w50zWvYQ

Have a listen to our first short story - 'A reserved seat' by Jenny Parker, - our Chairman.

If you have a story to submit, then take a look at our website below to find out how!

http://ow.ly/illT50zUNQ0

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

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  • When you dig up broken crocks in the garden and use them for a mosaic windowsill or use scrap wire to create a penny farthing; the ingenuity given to the INSIDE/OUTSIDE competition. These from Julie, Keith, Leslie and Lucy. #upcycling #drawing #painting http://ow.ly/fXsQ50zWwvL

    shaftesburyarts: "When you dig up broken crocks in the garden and use them for a mosaic windowsill or use scrap wire to create a penny farthing; the ingenuity given to the INSIDE/OUTSIDE competition. These from Julie, Keith, Leslie and Lucy.  #upcycling #drawing #painting http://ow.ly/fXsQ50zWwvL"
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  • Did you hear the conversation on 1st June on This is Alfred about the history of Shaftesbury Arts Centre? Then have a look at http://ow.ly/8TXh50zX8Cg and find out more! A Phoenix from the Ashes:The Story of The Old Marketplace Theatre and The Shaftesbury Arts Centre.

    shaftesburyarts: "Did you hear the conversation on 1st June on This is Alfred about the history of Shaftesbury Arts Centre? Then have a look at  http://ow.ly/8TXh50zX8Cg and find out more! 
A Phoenix from the Ashes:The Story of The Old Marketplace Theatre and The Shaftesbury Arts Centre."
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  • Views through in watercolour, abstract symbols and cyanotype feather add to the variety from the adult artists Jane, J. Mason, Jonathon and Jo in the online art competition. @shaftesburytown #roomwithaview #glasshouse #futurism #cyanotype #insideoutside http://ow.ly/uNcV50zWvYP

    shaftesburyarts: "Views through in watercolour, abstract symbols and cyanotype feather add to the variety from the adult artists Jane, J. Mason, Jonathon and Jo in the online art competition. @shaftesburytown #roomwithaview #glasshouse #futurism #cyanotype #insideoutside  http://ow.ly/uNcV50zWvYP"
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  • Have a listen to our first short story - 'A reserved seat' by Jenny Parker, - our Chairman. If you have a story to submit, then take a look at our website below to find out how! http://ow.ly/HuUG50zUNQ1 #shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

    shaftesburyarts: "Have a listen to our first short story - 'A reserved seat' by Jenny Parker, - our Chairman.

If you have a story to submit, then take a look at our website below to find out how! 
http://ow.ly/HuUG50zUNQ1

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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  • Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting! Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place! http://ow.ly/7jWo50zUNKT

    shaftesburyarts: "Our next 'lockdown move and groove' taster - Come and shake it, wiggle it and experience the joy of movement! No experience needed and can be done sitting!

Get in touch on movesandgrooves@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk to book your place!

http://ow.ly/7jWo50zUNKT"
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  • The ideas kept on coming from our over 18 group. These are from Gabrielle, Ian. Helen and Iris. #dreamholidays #orderandchaos #naturecreepingin #abutterflybeatsitswings #insideoutside #onlineartcompetition http://ow.ly/YbDt50zUVh7

    shaftesburyarts: "The ideas kept on coming from our over 18 group. These are from Gabrielle, Ian. Helen and Iris. #dreamholidays #orderandchaos #naturecreepingin #abutterflybeatsitswings  #insideoutside #onlineartcompetition http://ow.ly/YbDt50zUVh7"
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  • Did you get the last one? It was 'Under Milk Wood' and Bob Dylan wrote it! Head over to our facebook page or our websitefor this week's! Can you name the show and the year? https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/flashback-through-the-archives/

    shaftesburyarts: "Did you get the last one? It was 'Under Milk Wood' and Bob Dylan wrote it! 
Head over to our facebook page or our websitefor this week's! Can you name the show and the year? 
https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/flashback-through-the-archives/"
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  • Social commentary and flowers from our next four adult artists, Dean, Dejan, Denise and Emma, who entered the online art competition. #homelessness #ppeforcarers #artinthetimeofcorona #sayitwithflowers #socialcommentary http://ow.ly/KsN950zUV4p

    shaftesburyarts: "Social commentary and flowers from our next four adult artists, Dean, Dejan, Denise and Emma, who entered the online art competition. #homelessness #ppeforcarers #artinthetimeofcorona #sayitwithflowers #socialcommentary http://ow.ly/KsN950zUV4p"
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  • Doe a deer a female deer.......have you decided on which song you are singing yet? Go on - sing your heart out and be part of our singing fiesta! Who is in? http://ow.ly/FofW50zUNic #shaftesbury #dorset #singyourheartout

    shaftesburyarts: "Doe a deer a female deer.......have you decided on which song you are singing yet? 
Go on - sing your heart out and be part of our singing fiesta! Who is in? 
http://ow.ly/FofW50zUNic

#shaftesbury #dorset #singyourheartout"
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  • Introducing 'Once upon a line' - do you have a passion for writing short stories? Well - come and join us! To submit a story, either create an audio file, ensuring that you include the story title and your name at the beginning, or send us a written version and we will read it on your behalf. Submissions to press@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk. http://ow.ly/LupP50zUNfv

    shaftesburyarts: "Introducing 'Once upon a line' - do you have a passion for writing short stories? Well - come and join us! 
To submit a story, either create an audio file, ensuring that you include the story title and your name at the beginning, or send us a written version and we will read it on your behalf. Submissions to press@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk.

http://ow.ly/LupP50zUNfv"
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