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The Witham are delighted to announce their successful application for a Catalyst Small Grant from Arts Council England. These funds will ignite the campaign to fundraise for Barnard Castle’s vibrant arts centre, ensuring its viability and long-term future.

The Catalyst Small Grants programme supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. Having secured the Catalyst grant of £30,000, The Witham will invest this in systems and training to support and develop staff, volunteers and the board to increase sustainability of the arts centre.

With over 12,500 tickets sold and a footfall of over twenty-two thousand in 2017 alone, The Witham has developed a strong reputation for a high quality artistic programme, with networking and partnerships in the sector, fulfilling an important civic role in Barnard Castle. 

As Katy Taylor, The Witham’s CEO states:

‘We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for a Catalyst grant and thank Arts Council England for their support.
This funding will enable us to build on this reputation and to raise the funds required to continue to provide both visitors and our local community access to the arts centre into the future.

Over the coming months, we will be calling on individuals, groups and organisations to support The Witham with donations, sponsorship and patronage – we know The Witham attracts people to Barnard Castle, whilst providing enriching experiences for our local community as well. We are now at the stage where we can think more strategically in terms of long-term funding, to ensure that Barnard Castle has a vibrant arts centre for many years to come.’

The Witham board of Trustees are working closely with the staff team to reduce the arts centre’s financial risk and enable The Witham to become increasingly resilient.

Jane Tarr, Director North, Arts Council England said ‘The Witham’s artistic programme has been attracting visitors and local audiences for some years now. Our Catalyst funding will enable the Witham to develop its fundraising activity and encourage local private giving support to help the organisation plan for the future and to continue bringing people to Barnard Castle.’

The Witham is a registered charity dedicated to enabling cultural, community and commercial events and activities to take place in Barnard Castle for the benefit of residents and visitors.  

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’.

Date: Friday 22 June
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: £12 | £10 for 16 years and under

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Seeking space for your business? Head to The Witham!

There is currently space available at The Witham studios in Hall Street for hire at reasonable rates. With convenient access to the high street, The Witham's hall street studios are the perfect location to running your business.

The Witham currently have two studios available so for more information, please contact

The Witham team invite you to the launch for the exciting new programme of events for spring 2018.

On Thursday 11th January from 18:00 to 19:30, The Witham staff team are presenting the seasonal launch for all the exciting events spring 2018 and everyone is invited!For the first time, Barnard Castle's vibrant arts centre invites you to attend this launch event to learn more about the new programme of events coming up from January to May 2018.

With a wonderful range of live dance, theatre, music, film screenings and discussion events, at Barnard Castle arts centre, the team are grabbing the opportunity to showcase the highlights and give you an indepth understanding of what's coming up.... direct from the people who boked them!

If you would like to attend, please contact Sarah Gent, Marketing Manager at The Witham by emailing sarah.gent@thewitham.org.uk  

 

 

 

The Witham are delighted to be part of the Barnard Castle Christmas Festival

A magical five-day Christmas Festival involving cultural venues in picturesque Barnard Castle in County Durham is taking place from 13 - 17 December 2017.

This historic market town - home to The Bowes Museum, The Witham arts centre and a Norman castle - will offer visitors an exciting festive mix of exhibitions, film screenings, performances and music alongside a traditional Christmas market featuring a wide selection of independent retailers as well as winter warming food and drink – the perfect combination in which to relax and soak up the joyful atmosphere.

There is also a pop-up light installation event, #boweslight which is a collection of contemporary installations at Bowes Museum and park as well as at The Witham. Photographed here is Heart of Starts by artist Stephen Newby. The large scale suspended heart has a surface made up of 11,000 mirror tiles to create a mirrored heart that reflects thousands of spots of light in fantastical, swirling and changing patterns to create a stunning, magical lighting effect cast over the surrounding landscape that dances and dapples through trees and plants.

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the opportunity to enjoy a classic film, and The Witham sets the seasonal scene beautifully with a screening of the family favourite Miracle on 34th Street on 14th December. Further festive offerings include the comedian Chris Ramsey – Work in Progress 2, whose 15th December performance is a sell out; a warming supper coupled with another sold out performance of A Christmas Carol presented by the acclaimed Castle Players, and Teesdale Christmas Art Fair.

The Christmas Festival launches on Wednesday 13 December with a Traditional Fair in The Bowes Museum grounds, featuring delicious food chalets, time-honoured fairground amusements, rides, side-shows, games and entertaining family activities.

The Bowes Museum’s annual Christmas Market has been extended this year, opening on the afternoon of 15th December and running all day on 16th and 17th December, with over 100 hand-picked stallholders. Live music, seasonal entertainment, prize draws from Smooth Radio and the popular park & ride ‘Santa’ buses ensure this feel-good family event is not to be missed.

Completing the picture will be fantastic musical performances at the TCR Hub on 16th December, featuring local performers and regional talent. While aimed at families, the event will continue late into the night, complemented by seasonal refreshments in the café, the ensure you leave in the festive mood.

To learn more about all the Christmas Festival events, dates and timings visit the Barnard Castle Christmas Festival website

At the Heart Of Stars – Bowes Light

 


To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of The Bowes Museum, a collection of contemporary installations in the Museum, park and town.

 

 

 

Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

The Giant Jam Sandwich

Enjoy how this much-loved picture book comes to life! Presented by New Perspective Theatre Company

Date: Thursday 31 May
Time: 1:30 pm
Price: £8 | £6 child | £20 family

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

Fall Out

Presented by Old Kent Road

Date: Wednesday 30 May
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: £12 | £10 for 16 years and under

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Frankie Vah

Presented by Luke Wright

Date: Thursday 24 May
Time: 8 pm
Price: £10 | £8 students and 16 years and under

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Felt Art - a workshop of wild abandon……

Date: Saturday 12 May
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Price: £58 (including materials)

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Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00

Chalk About

Presented by award winning performance company, Curious Seed

Date: Friday 11 May
Time: 1:30 pm
Price: £5 child (ages 8+)

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