Secure the future of Ropetackle Arts Centre

by Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham By Sea, England, United Kingdom

£10,985

raised so far

+ est. £2305.25 Gift Aid

360

supporters

Support Ropetackle’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and secure the future of Adur’s cultural and community hub.

by Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham By Sea, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

A huge thank you to each and every one of you for your incredible support so far. We have been overwhelmed by the response to this campaign, and your wonderful, supportive messages have really strengthened our resolve and given us the energy to push through this challenging time.

With your support, we are in a much stronger position to reopen in May with a wonderful programme of events for you to enjoy. Our stretch target will now help us enhance your experience: we will refurbish our foyer and front bar with refreshed tables and seating, creating a more inviting space with improved comfort and ambience.

We cannot wait to welcome you back to the Centre, and hope to give you the best, and safest, possible experience as we negotiate the year ahead.


Support Ropetackle’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and secure the future of Adur’s cultural and community hub.

Since opening in 2007, Ropetackle Arts Centre has become a vibrant cultural space for the people of Adur and beyond. A registered charity staffed almost entirely by volunteers, we are an arts and community venue, working closely with local schools and colleges, theatre companies, businesses, and many other organisations to bring the widest range of arts activities to as many people as possible.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have suffered substantial loss including 70% of our income and two thirds of our seated capacity. We are hugely grateful for the support we have already received – from the community, from government, Adur District Council, and from Arts Council England – but to survive this crisis and secure our future, we do still need your help.

A safe space open against the odds.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we reopened against the odds to successfully deliver a safe and socially distanced programme from August to December 2020. We partnered with local arts organisations, supported local artists, and provided vital work for our freelance workforce.

We were one of just a handful of venues across the country to stage a Christmas pantomime, entertaining hundreds of families, and offering free tickets to NHS workers and vulnerable groups.

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Plus, our fantastic volunteers rose to the challenge of providing a safe and secure Ropetackle experience, with 95% of attendees feeling safe, and show capacities averaging 80-95%.

“Everything had been thought of in relation to Covid safety measures. The staff/volunteers were well briefed and very friendly. The layout was excellent, and the surroundings were clean and comfortable. The pantomime itself was absolutely incredible.”

“We felt so safe we went home and booked more events!”

Building on what we started.

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The latest lockdown forced us to cut short our Christmas pantomime and cancel/postpone many shows scheduled for 2021.

We want to build on the work we started in 2020: reopening against the odds and serving the community with safe and uplifting arts experiences. We are also working on an accessible online digital programme.

“I was so grateful [Ropetackle] was open. I didn’t mind wearing a mask. It meant a lot to be back in the theatre.”

Your donation will help us get through this current period of closure, reopen as soon as we can, work with local artists, support local freelancers, and secure the future of arts and culture for the people of Adur and beyond.

Please donate, share this page widely, and do what you can to help Ropetackle survive this crisis.

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