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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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Let us introduce you to another group at Shaftesbury Arts Centre! Head over to our facebook page or our website to learn more about our Circle Dance Group!

http://ow.ly/km4O50zPCOM

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

A massive thank you to our judges for our Short Story Competition -
@TiggyWalker @FionaDart and Rosie King.

http://ow.ly/1iu450zPCT7

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

Four more of the 12 - 18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE from Mia, Sadie, Lilyrose and Lareina. Such a variety of ideas and techniques. @ShaftesburyArts #sculpture #drawing #painting #talentedteens http://ow.ly/VJg950zRpw2

http://ow.ly/faXM50zPCsR

It is that time of the week again! Head over to our facebook page and website to have a listen to our Weekly Poem!

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

Dorset Art Weeks should be up and running now, with 'Two by Two' showing in the gallery as part of this major Art Event. Here's another taste of what Sandy, Jane, Janet and Sallyrose had planned to exhibit. @dorsetartweeks #mixedmedia #ceramics #painting http://ow.ly/ENTU50zRkJ6

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  • Let us introduce you to another group at Shaftesbury Arts Centre! Head over to our facebook page or our website to learn more about our Circle Dance Group! http://ow.ly/93Bm50zPCOL #shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

    shaftesburyarts: "Let us introduce you to another group at Shaftesbury Arts Centre! Head over to our facebook page or our website to learn more about our Circle Dance Group! 
http://ow.ly/93Bm50zPCOL

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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  • A massive thank you to our judges for our Short Story Competition - @TiggyWalker @FionaDart and Rosie King. http://ow.ly/kcQE50zPCT9 #shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

    shaftesburyarts: "A massive thank you to our judges for our Short Story Competition - 
@TiggyWalker @FionaDart and Rosie King.

http://ow.ly/kcQE50zPCT9

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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  • Four more of the 12 - 18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE from Mia, Sadie, Lilyrose and Lareina. Such a variety of ideas and techniques. @ShaftesburyArts #sculpture #drawing #painting #talentedteens http://ow.ly/y5Bo50zRpw1

    shaftesburyarts: "Four more of the 12 - 18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE from Mia, Sadie, Lilyrose and Lareina. Such a variety of ideas and techniques. @ShaftesburyArts #sculpture #drawing #painting #talentedteens http://ow.ly/y5Bo50zRpw1"
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  • http://ow.ly/Xy3R50zPCsQ It is that time of the week again! Head over to our facebook page and website to have a listen to our Weekly Poem! #shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone

    shaftesburyarts: "http://ow.ly/Xy3R50zPCsQ

It is that time of the week again! Head over to our facebook page and website to have a listen to our Weekly Poem! 
#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone"
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  • Dorset Art Weeks should be up and running now, with 'Two by Two' showing in the gallery as part of this major Art Event. Here's another taste of what Sandy, Jane, Janet and Sallyrose had planned to exhibit. @dorsetartweeks #mixedmedia #ceramics #painting ow.ly/ENTU50zRkJ6

    shaftesburyarts: "Dorset Art Weeks should be up and running now, with 'Two by Two' showing in the gallery as part of this major Art Event. Here's another taste of what Sandy, Jane, Janet and Sallyrose had planned to exhibit. @dorsetartweeks #mixedmedia #ceramics #painting ow.ly/ENTU50zRkJ6"
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  • Everything upsized with 'Pop Art" giant sculptures and a snakes and ladders installation. !2 -18 Category art from Lola, Tanushree, Erin and Louis. #sculpture #installation #talentedteens #gillingham #mauritius #artinlockdown http://ow.ly/JjWv50zPyLs

    shaftesburyarts: "Everything upsized with 'Pop Art" giant sculptures and a snakes and ladders installation. !2 -18 Category art from Lola, Tanushree, Erin and Louis. #sculpture #installation #talentedteens #gillingham #mauritius #artinlockdown http://ow.ly/JjWv50zPyLs"
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  • What song are you singing as part of our Singing Fiesta? We can't wait to hear it! Head over to our website to find out more about how to get involved and where to send your recorded song! http://ow.ly/PhId50zPCmG #shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone #singyourheartout

    shaftesburyarts: "What song are you singing as part of our Singing Fiesta? We can't wait to hear it! 
Head over to our website to find out more about how to get involved and where to send your recorded song! 
http://ow.ly/PhId50zPCmG

#shaftesbury #dorset #somethingforeveryone #singyourheartout"
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  • Head over to the website and facebook page to have a little look at our trip down memory lane today! Which year was this and who wrote it? http://ow.ly/VbFW50zPBRk

    shaftesburyarts: "Head over to the website and facebook page to have a little look at our trip down memory lane today! 
Which year was this and who wrote it? 
http://ow.ly/VbFW50zPBRk"
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  • More submissions from the 12-18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE online ary competition. Here are paintings from Amelia, Charlotte B, Charlotte G and Charlotte Gr. So many Charlottes with different ideas! @shaftesburytown @ShaftesburyArts #talentedteens http://ow.ly/JSf350zPywh

    shaftesburyarts: "More submissions from the 12-18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE online ary competition.  Here are paintings from Amelia, Charlotte B, Charlotte G and Charlotte Gr. So many Charlottes with different ideas! @shaftesburytown @ShaftesburyArts #talentedteens http://ow.ly/JSf350zPywh"
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  • Here is our winner of our 16+ category for our Short Story Competition - Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness' Head over to http://ow.ly/bFou50zO7hW to have a listen to her winning entry! Thank you to everyone who entered and the fantastic judges!

    shaftesburyarts: "Here is our winner of our 16+ category for our Short Story Competition - 
Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness'

Head over to http://ow.ly/bFou50zO7hW to have a listen to her winning entry! 
Thank you to everyone who entered and the fantastic judges!"
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