Life Drawing Classes
Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)
FELL to FIRE free storytelling workshop session
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Books and Bakes Day
Cumbria on Track
Give Me Your Love
Hell or High Water (15)
The Storm Officer
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12A)
Building the Kirkgate’s Future
What it’s all about
Our much-loved, well-used building is worn out. So, we have plans to make it bigger and better than ever, to bring a new lease of life to our vibrant arts, community and heritage venue in the heart of our town.
The Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth, Cumbria, is a charity run by and for the community.
For 20 years, it has been a place where people of all ages and backgrounds have come together to be entertained through live music, film, comedy, touring theatre, dance, festivals, creative workshops and more.
But it’s crunch time. We cannot continue without modernising and extending the building.
We are redeveloping the building, which was an old Victorian school. People want more space, a café, larger bar area, better sound, lighting, film projection, comfortable seats, better access for all and a greener building. That’s what we will provide, without losing the friendly and quirky atmosphere on which our centre thrives. We will also:
- create better community spaces to hold more events and workshops
- improve access for people with limited mobility and parents with prams
- install exciting state of the art heritage features, reflecting the history of the people, town and old school
- attract more performers by having up to date technical equipment and better back stage facilities
- create more opportunities for local artists
- have the only disability accessible stage in West Cumbria
Over the last few months our design team has made good progress with plans for the modernisation of the building. We are pleased to have secured full consent for a revised planning application which will see improved accessibility within our new building.
We have also made good progress in terms of fundraising, raising £15,000 from our crowdfunding campaign. In total we have now raised £45,000 through the efforts and generosity of local people.
Over coming months we will continue to focus on pulling together the funding package needed to deliver our ambitions. We are working closely with major funders such as Allerdale Borough Council, Arts Council England, Big Lottery / Power to Change and Heritage Lottery Fund who have already committed funds to our project and continue to be very supportive.
For latest information on our building redevelopment including news of our revised timeframe please click here: Update November 2015.
For further information about the building project, please contact Kirkgate Arts on 01900 825599.
YOU CAN HELP
We need your help to keep this vital arts centre going for generations to come. Please see our Support us page for more details.