Blandford Art Hub Fundraiser

by Free Expression Arts in Blandford Forum, England, United Kingdom

Blandford Art Hub Fundraiser
We did it
On 19th November 2020 we successfully raised £240 with 14 supporters in 56 days

Our aim -to create a base to run community & visitor art workshops. To secure planning for this shed and convince them of the project need.

by Free Expression Arts in Blandford Forum, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The first application was £462.  This included change of use. 

However the planning department has told me just to erect the shed is only £234. 

 However to use the garden for the community to enjoy we will still need change of use which is £462

If we do raise the higher amount it means all situations are covered, and this project can happen sooner, and in the long run costing less.

I have run a community arts festival in Blandford for the last 4yrs and also one back  in 2004.  I felt we needed a base that could link directly to the community and visitors to Blandford, rather than relying on social media and temporary pop up locations. As there are no focal points for the arts in Blandford I thought I would try and find something. As a non profit voluntary group, budget is always tight.  There is this centrally located small pocket of land, that has been overgrown and redundant for many years. I told my idea to the land owner who liked it and agreed to let me use this land.  The plan was to put up an affordable basic shed, renovate it and if it proves successful maybe try at a later date to fundraise for something more substantial and stylish.

Unfortunately this land/walled garden is not classed as a domestic garden so has no permitted development associated with it. It is also set in the conservation area, this means we need planning permission to put up a simple shed. Showing his commitment, the landowner kindly agreed to pay for this.  At about the same time I found and was given 2 sheds. I snapped them up. Sadly I had no where to store them safely, so I put them up, it seemed the better and safer option.

We did not expect a problem and thought the application would be just routine, but this was not the case.  I only found out some of the issues too late for the first application to be recommended by both the planning and conservation officers. Due to this it was withdrawn.  

We have all the key information now and are re-applying which means another planning fee. This time I need to raise the funds to pay for the next planning application which would be £234 for the basic one, using the sheds just for storage.  However to use the garden for workshops and any other activities it will also need change of use which is sadly £462. We do have an extended target set to cover this , we really need to include it in the next planning application. So if we reach the £240 target, we want to keep going.  Our choice two applications put in at different times, one to put up the sheds the other for change of use for the space. Or we combine the two and just have the one fee of £462.

 If you think Blandford needs this, then I ask you please help by donating what you can afford and if you haven't already done so then please sign our petition. 

Thankyou.  Kate Seeger 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

"Learning to Look" Art Workshop in 2021

Learning to Look, tapping into your inner creativity. This workshop is designed for beginners and novices in art and to give all those who think they are not creative the opportunity to discover it. A fun sociable experience leaving you looking at the world in a whole new way. Also if you have a project you are stuck on then we can take a look and help with some more ideas. The date will be set for 2021 and you will be contacted with details

£1 or more

Your name in our book of thanks

As a thankyou, we will put all contributors into our book of thanks. If you do not want to be named, that is fine it is not compulsory. We just want to show our thanks.

£5 or more

Your name in our book of thanks & discount voucher

As a thankyou, we will put all contributors into our book of thanks. If you do not want to be named, that is fine it is not compulsory. We just want to show our thanks. Also the amount you put in will become a discount voucher for any inhouse workshops and goods. Please note this will only be possible if we are successful with the application. However I am sure we can do something at our annual arts festival to say thankyou.

£20 or more

0 of 6 claimed

2x Places in Art Workshops in 2021

A place in a choice of 2 art workshops. You will have a choice of different creative workshops ranging in ability. Also your name in our book of thanks You have until the fulfilment date to take up the offer. (please note, should the application not go through then we may not be able to start the project. If this is the case then we will offer a special workshop sometime in 2021 for all those that are eligible for a reward as a thankyou

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