Phase 1 Complete!

By: kelly Posted in NAC Stories

Hello! We’ve had a pretty intense Summer and Autumn re-opening since we closed our doors at the beginning of July 2019 to embark on the first stage of our 40/40 #nacregeneration campaign.

Having received an Arts Council England grant back in October 2018 for 500k we started our fundraising journey to match fund and raise 40k by our 40th anniversary next year.

Over the course of 10 weeks we closed our doors to the public and it was all hands on deck with an amazing team of builders, contracts and decorators to start on the mammoth task of pulling the venue apart. The main focus for phase 1 was to install a new lighting rig, PA and projector and screen in the hall, completely refurbish the bar, restore all of the original parquet flooring and incorporate a pop up bar and seating / standing area in the foyer.

Taking down all of the white boards to reveal the stained glass window
New seating area in the foyer
The NAC Bar after it had been fully dismantled
Photo credit Adam Maizey
Newly refurbished bar with dropdown access to the left
Photo credit Adam Maizey
Useful storage space during renovations
New seating and restored floor
Parquet floor restoration included deep sanding and varnishing
Installing the new lighting rig
Photo credit Adam Maizey
General Manager Bradley and Tech Manager Alex getting a closer look at the roof during lighting rig installation
Credit Adam Maizey
One of our first busy Autumn events after re-opening with Acid Mothers Temple
Photo credit Adam Maizey

Other improvements of Phase 1 included induction loops in the foyer, bar and auditorium, a portable lift stage, LED lighting throughout the building, new heating systems and a push pad entry system to the auditorium.

It’s been an interesting and enlightening journey for all of us here at Norwich Arts Centre and we’re so proud to have made it to the half way point with Phase 1 of the project complete and 23k of the 40k raised! 

However we are continuing to fundraise to ensure Phase 2 happens next Summer to complete our regeneration.

This will include refurbished toilets and access toilet, a dedicated gender neutral toilet, a respite area, redecorated auditorium, solar panels, a new website and the ability to open and close our auditorium shutters which have plastered shut since 1980!

If you want to help us reach our target you can donate towards our 40/40 campaign HERE


A huge thank you to every person that has already donated!

Thank you to the numerous incredible bands, performers, DJs and promoters who have played free fundraiser shows and all the artists that donated their time, artwork or merchandise.

Thank you to all the companies that have sponsored us and our fundraiser events and our excellent contractors and craftspeople.

Thank you to all the NAC staff and volunteers!

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