National Lottery funding has potentially saved a Tetbury arts venue from closing its doors for good.
Tetbury Goods Shed, which like so many other arts centres, has had to shut for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19, has been thrown a lifeline by the Arts Council.
The Shed’s Trustees have been seriously concerned about the viability of the operation during the lockdown.
“After two years of operations as an arts centre we were just seeing the majority of our shows starting to sell out” said Richard Warrington, chairman of the trustees.
“But this enforced closure has set us right back.”
The Whistlestop café has had to close and the four permanent staff members are all furloughed but, of course, the centre’s overheads remain, with no indication of when it can safely re-open again.
“Obviously the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our prime concern but The Goods Shed has become a real community asset and we very much hope to keep it going.”
So the grant from the Arts Council of England, designed to help with overheads and prepare for the future, has been a welcome relief – although it doesn’t mean The Shed is out of the woods financially – and it still needs any help it can get in terms of donations.
The grant also provided funding to keep The Shed’s online Shutdown Showcase going for the next few months to help their artists and performers – as well as The Shed’s regular audience interested and entertained.
There are weekly pre-recorded concerts, videos of both classical, blues and jazz music as well as virtual art galleries and links to other arts bodies.
For more, visit https://shed-arts.co.uk/