Just under a year before our 40th anniversary, in October 2018, Norwich Arts Centre was awarded a much needed £499,000 grant by Arts Council England for an exciting new regeneration project to transform the venue’s accessibility and carbon footprint.
“We are coming up to 40 years in the heart of Norwich’s cultural community and we want to be around for another 40+ years, so this grant is extremely timely to help us build a sustainable future.” Pasco-Q Kevlin Director, Norwich Arts Centre
And so the 40/40 campaign was launched. NAC needed to match fund 40k for 40 years and a big fundraising campaign kicked off in November 2019.
After match fundraising 25k Phase 1 of the refurbishment began during the Summer of 2019. The building closed for 10 weeks and the team of contractors set to work on installing a new lighting rig, PA, projector and screen in the hall, completely refurbishing the bar, restoring all of the original parquet flooring and incorporating a pop up bar and seating / standing area in the foyer.
Other improvements 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.
More pictures on our story page HERE
In March 2020 the venue came to a standstill alongside the rest of the world due to COVID-19. As with all venues across the city, NAC was forced to close its doors until further advice from the government. As work was due to start on Phase 2 of the refurbishment in June 2020 we decided to take a risk and push ahead with our plans before match funding the full 40k.
The updates for Phase 2 included a new website, fully refurbished toilets and a complete redecoration of the auditorium with natural light flooding in due to the removal of the boarded windows.
More pictures on our story page HERE
The venue opened its doors with a mini performance festival TILTED East on Thursday 22 October – Sunday 25 Oct showcasing playful, provocative and political work from some of Norwich’s best performers.
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In October 2018 Norwich Arts Centre was awarded £499,000 funding by Arts Council England for an exciting new regeneration project to transform the venue’s accessibility and carbon footprint.
To coincide with our 40th anniversary in 2020 we launched our 40/40 campaign to match fund 40k for our 40th.
Last year we raised 25k which saw the completion of Phase 1 of the refurbishment during the Summer of 2019 which focused on refurbishing the bar and auditorium. Read the full story here.
This year we need to match fund the remaining 15k to ensure that we receive the full grant and can complete Phase 2 which will focus on the toilets.
Plans are to completely refurbish the women’s, men’s and access toilet as well as designing a brand new gender neutral toilet.
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