An arts centre for Chew Valley
Who we are
Chew Valley Performing Arts (aka Valley Arts) was formed in 2015. Registered charity no. 1163177.
It is a registered charitable incorporated organisation and was formed to promote the enjoyment, understanding and development of the performing arts through diverse and engaging artistic experiences in our local community.
Accessible, sustainable and authentic performing arts for all.
To develop a hub for the performing arts in the Chew Valley, by giving it a permanent home.
What we intend to build
A brand-new, versatile performing arts centre in the heart of the Chew Valley. Bringing local and professional performers together with the enthusiastic local audiences of our area.
At present the Chew Valley lacks a large performance space. The proposal centre is a 250-seater flexible auditorium, supported by a dance studio and several smaller meeting and rehearsal rooms.
Flexibility in design, it will allow for a cinema facility and visual arts exhibition spaces. See our current sketch plans. Input into audience capacity and facilities of the centre is actively invited from all the performing arts groups in the valley: if we haven't already met with you please get in touch. Send us a message
Where will it be
The proposed venue for the new building is land that has been made available within the grounds of Chew Valley School, part of The Lighthouse Schools Partnership Multi Academy Trust. LSP website.
The contract between the charity and the Lighthouse Schools Partnership will be centred on a lease of the land, with a commensurate use of the facility by Chew Valley School’s performing arts department. With the school as an assured user, the building has every prospect of high usage throughout the day, year-round, which is an essential criterion for obtaining institutional funding.
Why we need this Centre
Our aim is that the Centre will provide new performance opportunities for the local community, as well as attracting touring professional artists. It will be a focal point for singers, actors, musicians and dancers, and will also provide flexible facilities for conferences and classes.
The outcomes we aim to achieve
The Centre’s activities, objectives and aims have been developed in conjunction with the social, economic and environmental goals of the Chew Valley Community Plan, the Chew Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the tourism and economic development aims of Bath & North East Somerset Council:
- Encouraging creativity in drama, arts, music and media for all age groups within the Chew Valley area
- Enhancing community cohesion, respect, and understanding
- Raising the aspirations and confidence of young people from the Chew Valley by providing a dedicated place where they can meet up, interact and perform, empowering and engaging them in purposeful, creative leisure activities
- Improving health by encouraging physical activity
- Promoting cultural and leisure opportunities in a sustainable way
- Enhancing the tourism offering of our district
Chew Valley Performing Arts Centre is more than just a performance space.