In the rural City of Ripon, an 80 year old community performing arts charity, Ripon Operatic Society acquired its own building several years ago and has been working hard transforming it into a Community Arts Hub for the whole community ever since.
Although the space is currently usable for events and performances, in order to bring all arts to the entire community and beyond, we now need to make this space completely Accessible, Versatile, and Creative.
Having been unable to raise any money in 2020, we now need financial support in order to complete what will be an amazing and affordable space for our diverse and vibrant Community where all art media can be shared and enjoyed.
There are three stages to our project. We need to make the space:
The space was acquired with no disabled access into the main performance space. A wheelchair lift will be fitted as well as other improvements to access in order to ensure everyone can enjoy performances and events in this incredible space.
We are very aware that a proportion of the community have not been able to attend performances and events held so far. This is regrettable and having to tell members of the community that we cannot accommodate them defeats our purpose which is to serve our local community.
It’s also really important that the space can be accessible to performers and artists who may require assistance. Our aim is for this space to be used by everyone.
Safeguarding Regulations require a safe and secure area backstage for children. Although we have a good sized area backstage, we need to customize this so more youth groups can perform a better variety of productions in this space.
Any productions so far involving children have been met with challenges meaning they have not been able to perform to their full potential. Changes to the backstage area will be a huge benefit to any groups using this space.
So far, the space has been able to host arts events from musical theatre to comedy nights, dance classes to band nights and competitions, but the Community deserves more.
We want to bring all art media to our Community Arts Hub and that means some further adjustments and work such as creating a gallery space. We already have local artists and photographers wanting to showcase their work here and we can’t wait to welcome them.
Please help us in our journey to create an Accessible, Versatile and Creative Community Arts Hub for the whole Community and beyond.