Having purchased a building in 2016 in need of much modernisation, we have been working hard to create a Community Arts Hub and theatre in the heart of the City of Ripon for the entire community to enjoy.
Ripon, despite being a City, has not had a dedicated theatre for decades and despite its creative and artistic community, there are very few spaces available for cultural events and performances.
We are also aiming for the space to be suitable for indoor exercise classes, especially for young people and people with disabilities to improve the physical and mental well being of our community.
In 2020 we successfully raised enough money to improve accessibility, install a wheelchair lift and also an arts exhibition space. Now we need to ensure our young people can fully use the space.
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 whether it's putting on a performance or partaking in an indoor exercise class.
We want to create separate dressing rooms and also improve toilet and changing facilities so that youth organisations can use the area for changing and resting. This will involve some building work and also expenditure on making our backstage facilities all inclusive and accessible.
We have several groups interested in using this space for indoor sports, but until our changing and backstage area is compliant with Safeguarding Regulations the space cannot be used in this way.
We now need your help to ensure this amazing space can be enjoyed by our younger generation.