Making a Barge into a Community Arts Space

by The Arts Barge Project in York, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £14,697

raised so far

304

supporters

Re-purposing a cargo barge into a community arts space. She's half-way there but needs your help to be fully accessible and weatherproof.

by The Arts Barge Project in York, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th September 2022 we'd raised £14,005 with 292 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

The barge has now been fully insulated, costing £13,000. Funds raised over and above this will go towards fitting the portholes, building the deckhouse, installing the accessible lift and the internal fit out. 


Our story

The long forgotten cargo barge Selby Tony was rescued and re-loved by The Arts Barge Project in 2013. Music, theatre, arts and barge lovers took her to heart and by 2019 she was shaping up and ready to launch her new found purpose in life as York's only floating community arts centre.

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She arrived in York and gave her debut performance at The Arts Barge Riverside Festival in the summer of 2019 and everyone agreed she was an absolute star!

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She has plenty of room in her heart and in her hold and is committed to offering a warm welcome to everyone. Unfortunately - as climate change is upon us - some days of the festival meant an overly warm welcome! And by October she was far too cold for comfort. 

2020 was supposed to bring a big funding push for completion of Selby Tony's build. Including crucially - insulation, a deck-house and an accessible lift. But of course it brought COVID19. 

The importance of what the Arts Barge has to offer has been brought very much into focus by the pandemic. Just how helpful the arts can be in supporting mental health, emotional wellbeing and community wellbeing is being much more widely recognised now. 

People of all ages and backgrounds gather together on the barge to share experiences and skills in music, theatre, dance and art-making. Taking part in workshops, learning stuff, helping out, meeting old friends and making new ones.

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But the Arts Barge needs to be up and running full time to spread the love and bring the benefit of the arts - to all of the people, all of the time. 

In 2022 we raised enough community good will and funding to insulate the barge to make year round usage possible and we bought some portholes to bring more light into the hold. 

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High water and wet weather over winter and spring has caused damage both internally and externally so remedial work is underway and a new mooring is structure planned.  

This summer we aim to construct the deckhouse and fit the portholes down below. We will be fundraising to achieve this and looking for volunteer help!

We will also be able to give her a new coat of paint - due to a generous sponsorship from Brewer's Decorator's Centre. 

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The deckhouse will keep the rain out and provide an indoor upper deck space to include an accessible loo and lift so we can welcome every single member of our community on board - something we've been looking forward to from the beginning of this journey. We're all community volunteers and can't wait to be fully open to all.

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 Who will the beneficiaries be?

The barge is located in York and is an inclusive, inter-generational community project. When the barge is fully converted with fully accessible lift, and can be used year-round, there will be a wide range of events in different art forms, aimed for a diverse demographic. There is no Arts Centre in York and the Arts Barge would address this gap in provision. The Arts Barge is for the local community to meet and enjoy arts events together.

Occasional events are currently happening on the barge but others take place elsewhere. Our focus areas currently are :

  • Intergenerational community music (Bargestra is our community band) 
  • Ensemble, band and performance opportunities for young musicians
  • Arts for wellbeing and arts therapies 
  • Extraordinary performance events 

We have an inclusive and welcoming attitude and aim to support access to events for all, with a focus on access for young people. 

Once completed, there will be full accessibility, including for all wheelchair users.

Who are we?

The Arts Barge Project is run by volunteers. It is a Community Benefit Society and has three Co-directors: Hannah West, Hannah Hutchinson and Christian Topman. We have been delivering community arts events and festivals with creative partners since 2009 - always with a view to converting and using an ex-working barge as a base for events. Valued core members have come and gone and we couldn't have done it without them - but we're still here - we knew it then and we know it now - York needs this!!

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From left to right: Karl Acaster: Waterman, Al Hamilton: Joiner, David Spencer: Architect, Christian Topman: Community Musician, Hannah Hutchinson: Community Pub Manager, Marcia Mackey: former Children's Social Care Consultant, Hannah West: Art Therapist.

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£10 or more

Arts Barge Cat print

by Kai West. Digital print, unmounted.

£10 or more

Arts Barge Gypsy Jazz Sessions print

by Kai West. Digital print - unmounted.

£12 or more

Andy Stones CD: Not Before Time

Beautiful music from one of our favourite local musicians.

£12 or more

Lucy Wainwright Roche CD - Lucy

Lucy Wainwright Roche's debut album. Kindly donated to the cause by the artist.

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt: MEN'S LARGE

100% cotton Fruit of the Loom T-shirts. We have limited colours available.

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt MEN'S SMALL

100% cotton Fruit of the Loom T-shirt. Limited colours available.

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt WOMEN'S SMALL

100% cotton Fruit of the Loom T-shirt. Fitted, scoop neck. Limited colours available.

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt WOMEN'S MEDIUM

100% cotton Fruit of the Loom T shirt. Fitted, scoop neck, limited colours available.

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt WOMEN'S LARGE

100% cotton Fruit of the Loom, fitted, scoop neck. Limited colours

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt WOMEN'S EX LARGE

100% cotton, Fruit of the Loom, fitted, scoop neck, limited colours

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt TEEN SMALL

100% cotton Gildan T shirt, standard cut

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt TEEN MEDIUM

100% cotton Gildan T-shirt, standard cut

£20 or more

Early Evening Cruise for Two on the Ouse!

A one-hour, family-friendly cruise of the city in the early evening.

£20 or more

£20 Voucher for Pexton's Hardware

£20 to spend at Pexton's - traditional ironmonger and more - for all your DIY, Hardware and Homeware needs. Located on Bishopthorpe Road.

£25 or more

Arts Barge Gypsy Jazz Sessions print

Professionally mounted digital print by Kai West

£35 or more

A pair of tickets to Stickman!

A pair of tickets to see STICK MAN at Leicester Square Theatre on 13th November 2022. "Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back in town!"

£75 or more

Arts Barge Gypsy Jazz Screenprint

Large, limited edition handmade screen print by Arts Barge illustrator Kai West. Professionally mounted.

£250 or more

Sponsor a gig on the Arts Barge

Be our exclusive sponsor for a super cool gig on the barge!

£250 or more

Day of Recording at Young Thugs Studios

A day of recording at York's Young Thugs Studios with Jonny Hooker. Young Thugs are offering this day session to support The Arts Barge. Suitable for a band of any number or solo artist.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Treat yourself to some truly delicious baked goods courtesty of Bluebird Bakery with this voucher to spend at any of their shops or online.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Treat yourself to some quality baked goods courtesty of Bluebird Bakery with this voucher to spend at any of their shops or online.

£10 or more

£10 voucher for Partisan Restaurant

Treat yourself to some bona fide deliciousness at York's own Partisan Restaurant.

£10 or more

Beer Vouchers

Two pints at York's first community co-op pub the Golden Ball.

£10 or more

£10 Book Token for Little Apple Bookshop

You'll have a £10 tab at Little Apple to either use on one purchase or towards more.

£15 or more

Arts Barge T-shirt MEN'S MEDIUM

100% cotton Fruit of the Loom T shirt. We have limited colours available.

£20 or more

£20 voucher for Coffee Culture

Treat yourself to something tasty at Goodramgate's quirkiest and most stylish coffee house.

£20 or more

£20 Book Token for Little Apple Bookshop

You'll have a £20 tab open at Little Apple Bookshop which you can use on one purchase or more.

£20 or more

£20 Voucher for Alligator Wholefoods

You can use this voucher on any items in the Alligator Wholefood shop on Fishergate:)

£20 or more

£20 Voucher for The Greengrocer of Acomb

£20 to spend on beautiful fruit and veg or delicious deli delights! Use before 20th November.

£25 or more

Arts Barge Cat print

Professionally mounted digital print by Kai West

£25 or more

£25 Voucher for Tulliver's

£25 to spend at Tulliver's - York's Premier Health Shop stocking a wide range of planet friendly whole-foods, supplements, free-from products and organic bodycare.

£50 or more

Framed Arts Barge Cat print

Digital print by Kai West, professionally mounted and framed

£50 or more

£50 LOS MOROS VOUCHER

The ever talented, ever generous Tariq of Los Moros has donated a generous meal voucher. If you haven't tried their particular brand of North African cuisine now is your time! And if you have, you'll definitely want to go again.....

£50 or more

Stewart Lee tickets x 2

Basic Lee. Showing 20 Sep 2022 - 17 Dec 2022 at Leicester Square Theatre. https://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/basic-lee/

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