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Project information

Dewsbury Arts Space

Demolition of an old crumbling storage area and replace with a new 3 storey extension. This will create 'Artspace' for Dewsbury and surrounding area. During performance weeks no other activities can take place at the venue and as we have very healthy visual arts and youth sections this is not ideal

May 2010 - August 2010

Charity information: DEWSBURY ARTS GROUP

  • Need


    Having insufficient space for activities to run concurrently in our own premises and to avoid having to hire other venues at considerable cost and inconvenience. It will create more storage space for scenery and costumes facilitating the lending to other groups.


    By creating more working areas and improve the present facilities to service an increased annual programme of theatre, visual art and youth drama. We will develop improved set building and costume making workshops and create space for rehearsals. front of house facilities will be greatly improved to enhance the overall experience of our audience. The aim is to provide more opportunities for the community to engage in creative activities

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To replace an old worn out building with a new three storey building to give more spaces.


    » Demolition completed, new build is in progress but only to the point of a shell which will need more money to complete.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...having sufficient spaces available for the Arts Groups own use, as well as spaces for other Community Arts organisations to use.

  • Impact


    The project will for the first time enable Drama Rehearsal(s) to take place at the same time as Youth Drama Classes and for example Life Drawing Sessions as well as allowing Local History Society meetings and access for other dance or fine arts Community Groups.
    Currently we cannot manage to give as much access to outside organisations as we would wish.
    We will continue to foster co-operation with local Ethnic Minority Arts Groups and with local schools to aid education in Drama and Arts.


    Unexpected increases in costs have already increased the basic cost by some £10,000 and a scheme to promote 100 loans of £100 each for two years is being put in place.
    Grant Aid of £50,000 from Biffaward, £25,000 from Dewsbury Partnership and £5,000 from The Garfield Weston Foundation and Donations of £30,000 from our own Members and Patrons are already secured. Sufficient reserves are held to take us to the point of completing the initial build before the increase in VAT.


    Regular updates on progress are being made to existing donors and information for Press Release purposes as well as an ongoing photographic record is being maintained.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Design Architects/Statutory Fees
      £120,000 Builder Building Contract
      £10,000 Builder Additional Building Costs
      £12,500 Finish Fitting out

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Biffa Waste Services £50,000 Guaranteed
    Dewsbury Partnership £25,000 Guaranteed
    Garfield Weston Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    Members and Patrons £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. A somewhat depressed area with many shops closing, and a high immigrant population.
    Dewsbury Arts Group has been active for almost 50 years bringing high quality Drama and Art Exhibitions Lectures and Youth Drama Classes to the area. We have a Studio Theatre where most of our own productions are staged and we also bring in Professional Shows from time to time.
    We have many ex Youth Class Members working in the professional theatre both as actors and designers.


    The population as they will be assured of continuing good quality Drama and Art Exhibitions. Local Artists who wish to progress in Life Drawing Classes as well as lectures and demonstrations by practising Artists.
    We hope the Asian Community will make use some of our facilities for their own Art and Dance/Music activities, helping bring the communities closer together.
    The Young People of the area with four Drama Classes each week catering for some 80 youngsters overall.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have the experienced personnel and a truly committed Membership, together with a loyal Patronage base which guarantees support of our productions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Wood MBE

    David our Chairman was a founder Member of the Group. His leadership, ability and great knowledge of Theatre and Fine Arts keep everyone engaged.