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Who We Are

The Witham is an exciting arts centre at the heart of Barnard Castle, Teesdale offering a wealth of entertainment and events for communities and commerce.

Our mission:

The Witham’s mission is to provide all with the opportunity to experience, participate & be excited by great art & culture.  We’re a vibrant arts centre for self-expression and exploration, for sharing insights into others’ lives, where all are welcome.

We believe everyone is creative & it’s a fundamental human right to experience, participate & be excited by great art & culture.  At the heart of our local cultural landscape, we’re a vibrant arts centre for self-expression & exploration, for sharing insights into others’ lives, where all are welcome.

Our audience

The Witham nurtures audiences’ interests, challenges expectations and encourages continued attendance whilst inspiring deeper engagement and critical thinking. We’re dedicated to building audiences - both attracting new people whilst encouraging those who already attend to explore something different.

Accessibility

On Barnard Castle high street, The Witham is accessible for our rural audience who live in isolation from the rich cultural tapestry of urban dwellers. We strive to overcome barriers, reaching out to those less engaged, those further away, those who struggle to access the arts, on a personal, project & policy level.

Diversity

Being a multi-art form venue, we create opportunities to attract a diverse range of people, reaching out with creative engagement strategies.  We use data to work smarter with a dynamic Audience Development strategy and projects targeting areas of growth.

Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of The Witham, a strong example of how we work with people to increase the impact of the arts. An essential delivery team to realise ambitious projects, our volunteers are our ambassadors, whilst they benefit being part of our dynamic arts centre.

We embrace our important role in the financial sustainability of our town & surrounding area & aim to be a vital part of regional regeneration, through policy making, planning and programming.

 

 

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  • Canary, A Teenage response +

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  • Director, performer, facilitator and teacher Ruth Mary Johnson writes about her residency at The Witham +

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  • The Witham receives Catalyst grant to ignite fundraising mission +

    The Witham are delighted to announce their successful application for a Catalyst Small Grant from Arts Council England. These funds Read More
  • The Witham have studio space currently available +

    Seeking space for your business? Head to The Witham! The Witham has a ground floor studio on Hall Street in Read More
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Opening Hours: Box Office & Cafe

MON: CLOSED

TUE: 10am-4pm

WED:
10am-4pm

THU:
10am-4pm

FRI: 
10am-4pm

SAT:
10am-4pm

SUN: CLOSED