Ashburton Arts Mission

Ashburton Community Arts Centre 21 January 2018
Our mission is to bring Ashburton’s old (1835) Grade II listed Methodist Church building to life, and fill it and our South Dartmoor town with music, theatre, comedy, dance and arts of all kinds, getting as many people as possible involved along the way, from all areas of our local community. We raised just enough money (£180k) from our community in donations (20%) and long-term, interest-free loans (80%) to buy the building at the public auction in July 2017, and to pay for the first year’s insurance and other immediate essentials. Now, while structurally sound, it needs around £10–15k spent just to meet the basic safety and building regulations to be used as a place of education, association and entertainment.
We hope to be able to raise this in the next few months and to do the work needed both on the building and in programme preparation to be able to open properly from May 2018. Then there’s chairs, tables, curtains, plumbing, minor building works, lights, sound, insulation, paint, decor,… a never-ending list of useful amenities!
We’re simultaneously working on the longer term goal of planning and raising major funding for a complete refurbishment to create a truly fabulous venue and community hub.
For more information please contact:
Andy Williamson • • 07980 680052

Ashburton Arts Ltd, Company number 10780217 Registered office address:
15 West St, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT
Ashburton Arts is currently a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. This was the quickest entity to set up in order to be able to raise funds and buy the building. We intend to register as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation as soon as possible.