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Ripon Community Arts Hub

by Hannah Ruddy in Ripon, England, United Kingdom


Gift Aid
+ est. £145.00
£5,000 target 1 day left
19% 13 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 16th June 2021 at 12:00pm

After successfully raising money to make our building more accessible, we now need to ensure our young community can fully enjoy the space.

by Hannah Ruddy in Ripon, England, United Kingdom

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.




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Wrist Band

Donate £20 and you'll get a purple festival stylee wristband as a thank you to show off, complete with the project name. Wear this with pride and know you've helped a whole City access the Arts.

£25 or more

10% off at Langthorpe Farm Shop and Cafe

We like our community to stay healthy and we also like to support local independent businesses. Langthorpe Farm Shop and Cafe are therefore giving anyone who pledges £25 or more 10% off a delivery, shop or visit to their cafe. With so much to choose from there will be something for everyone. A 10% Off voucher will be emailed within two weeks of the end of this fundraiser.

£40 or more

Performer/audience friendly clear face covering

Accessibility is one of our aims and it looks like face coverings will be mandatory or recommended for the foreseeable. Let artists and fellow audience members see you smiling. Communicate with others fully with our performance friendly, pro-communication face coverings complete with a clear panel great for anyone who needs to see the full story.

£50 or more

VIP Invite to official opening

When we officially open it will be An Event! Anyone who donates £50 will receive a VIP invite to the event complete with complimentary drink and VIP exclusive tour. Dates to be confirmed.

£1,500 or more

Complimentary 1 year Corporate Partnership

Free tickets (up to ten) to a maximum of two Ripon Operatics/Arts Hub events in 2021, free advertising for one year on website, free quarter page adverts in all Ripon Operatic Society programmes for 2021, name on commemorative plaque in entrance.

Let's make 'Ripon Community Arts Hub' happen

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