Square Chapel Centre for the Arts Announces £6.6m Build: The Centre, based in Halifax, has announced its plan for a £6.6m build as part of a major capital redevelopment project.
The venue has spent several years successfully applying for and raising money towards securing funds for a major redevelopment project. The total contributions have come from various sources including Arts Council England, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Monument Trust, Sir George Martin Trust as well as public donations, individual giving, businesses and fundraising events by the Centre’s circle of supporters – Friends, volunteers, staff, performers and partners.
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts welcomes over 40,000 people a year. The venue is a Grade II* listed building in the centre of Halifax that was saved and restored by the Square Chapel Trust. The Trustees are a group of passionate local individuals with the common vision of developing the building as a Centre for the Arts for its community to enjoy.
The confirmed capital build will transform the venue by creating a new extension and improved facilities for everyone who uses the thriving arts and community venue. The space will include an intimate 108 seater multi-purpose cinema/studio theatre space for film screenings, performances and workshops; new dressing rooms, improved toilets; a dedicated space for its committed volunteers; and a café-bar area where they will serve locally sourced food and drink. There will also be direct access into the Piece Hall’s new interpretation centre creating a seamless cultural quarter in the heart of Halifax.
The build is part of the centre’s ambition to deliver a wider programme of events for its existing audiences, to attract new audiences and to help Square Chapel raise its profile and grow the community around it.
Work will commence onsite from September 2015 and the project should be completed by the summer of 2017 with a full programme of events to launch in the autumn of that year.
Although Square Chapel have reached the initial target to complete the build, they will continue to fundraise to add the much needed details to the venue and to produce a great programme for all to enjoy.
Sally Martin, Director of Square Chapel Centre for the Arts said…
“Square Chapel has come of age and has outgrown the building as it currently stands. It’s an amazing credit to community action and commitment. Literally hundreds of people have generously donated their time, effort, skills and inspiration to do what the centre has achieved to date. The volunteers and the community have been at the heart of what we do here and without them we wouldn’t have survived. The next chapter is just as exciting as the new extension will help generate more income for us and the area and also means we’re part of the culturally-led regeneration happening in this particular quarter with The Piece Hall and Library. It’s wonderful to see money being invested in Halifax and I’m personally delighted to see culture and the arts leading the way and bringing new life into Halifax.”
Square Chapel would like to express thanks to the many organisations and individuals who have supported the campaign over the last three years. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Calderdale Council, the other trusts and foundations and the generosity of the public, this £6.6million project will enable Square Chapel Centre for the Arts continue to create a hub to grow talent, ambition and to give people a platform to create great work.
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