Town Hall Arts

A creative space in the heart of the Community

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Core funding required to keep the Town Hall open

This project began seven years ago with the dream of reinvigorating Trowbridge’s Town Hall. The devastating news is that Arts Council England (ACE) has turned down our latest bid for funding, ironically partly because of the very success of the scheme.

The volunteer Board of Trustees for our charity are facing a dilemma: Without core funding for our Market Street building, the Trust cannot continue to operate. Core funding helps pay the running costs of the Town Hall, which attracted over 25,000 people through the doors last year. It is now home to 12 studio artists, over 20 community groups and a number of local commercial organisations who all pay to use the building, however it till needs subsidising in order to continue to grow and achieve financial stability.

What we need now is for some of the town’s leading companies and businesses, many of which, like this Board, are run by local people who want Trowbridge to be able to take pride in its status as Wiltshire’s county town, to step forward and pledge us the money to continue to make that dream become reality.

We are using the mantra ‘£35,00 to survive, £60,000 to thrive’, and are also appealing to the community through a Local Giving scheme which will allow the many people in Trowbridge who also hold the Town Hall close to their hearts to support the building.

Town Hall Arts continues to be supported by Wiltshire Council, who own this beautiful building, Trowbridge Town Council have backed us from the beginning, plus other regional and national trust and foundations, and we now earn a significant amount of our own income - £75,000 In 2017 – but without core funding we cannot continue.

Director of Town Hall Arts, Tracy Sullivan says “We have been very lucky in that ACE have over the years given us three significant grants, totalling nearly £300,000. Town Hall Arts is very grateful for the support it has had from ACE and recognises that there are many other worthy projects needing their support from limited resources. We are almost a victim of our own success, as we are no longer classed by ACE as a start-up, or an organisation running a specific project, as we have been in the past.”

We hope that local individuals and businesses realise that by supporting us, they are supporting the town as well which has already benefitted from the Town Hall project. Using the figures calculated by ACE’s Independent Economic Analysis in 2013, the Town Hall has contributed £700,000 to the local economy during the last year. With their help it can bring even more money into Trowbridge.

Our Trustees believe the best way to find the £35,000 a year we need to enable the building to stay open is to approach local business and industry for help, and are hoping enough local firms will come forward with contributions to enable us to secure pledges covering the next 3 years’ core funding.

People who want to make a one-off or a regular monthly donation, to help ensure the long term future of the Town Hall, can do so through Local Giving.org, by searching for Town Hall Arts.

Companies wanting to know more about how they can get involved should contact THA Director Tracy Sullivan on director@townhallarts.co.uk or call 01225 774306.

We only have until the end of June 2018 to find this money, so we hope community of Trowbridge will support us.

   

Our Historic Building:

Located in the heart of Trowbridge and at the end of the pedestrian area of Fore Street, the Town Hall is an imposing building with a magnificent clock tower.

Building commenced in 1887 to coincide with Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee and was funded by William Roger Brown a local and hugely successful mill owner. It was opened in 1889 by HRH the Duchess of Albany for “the benefit of inhabitants of the Town”.

Until 1974 the Town Hall was the centre of Trowbridge local government as well as the home of the local magistrates Court. During that time it became a major venue for cultural, artistic and entertainment activities. Around 1975 following a Council re-organisation the Town Hall became the home of the District Magistrates Court which it continued until it was converted into a Coroner’s Court specifically for service personnel coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan via RAF Lyneham.

When Lyneham closed in 2012 the Trowbridge Town Hall Trust was formed to breathe new life into this iconic and well loved building.

Our Events:

Town Hall Arts is a centre for arts, culture and heritage learning at the heart of Wiltshire's County Town. We offer an array of professional theatre and dance performances, art exhibitions, workshops, a shop selling work by local artists, artists' studios and a large number of community groups that hire space in this incredible Grade II listed building.

Please explore our website to see what events are planned for the Autumn. We are just working on a new website that will give more information about the Town Hall and its heritage.

If you are interested in hiring space at the Town Hall Arts for a private, community or business event please contact bookings@townhallarts.co.uk.

Please do pop in and visit us to find out more about our plans, to explore the building or see our exhibitions, you are promised a warm welcome by one of our staff or brilliant volunteers.

Volunteering at the Town Hall:

We rely on the support of Volunteers to keep the Town Hall open to the public including welcoming our visitors, invigilating exhibitions, work front of house at live performances, help with marketing and administration, help run the artists shop or even help us get a proposed café up and running. We could also do with a team of 'Handy People' to help with the maintenance of this incredible building.

Please contact us at info@townhallarts.co.uk if you would like to find out more about volunteering with us.

Hold Your Event At The Town Hall:

Our beautiful historic building makes a wonderful setting for all kinds of events. We have small intimate spaces and grand rooms to choose from. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss possibilities for your event.

Contact Us

01225 774306
info@townhallarts.co.uk
Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge BA14 8EQ