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🥰 Help a New Arts Venue in Newcastle!

Funded on Spacehive 6 March 2023

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🥰 Help a New Arts Venue in Newcastle!

Boho Arts Limited By Boho Arts Limited

Help us transform a neglected old building in town into a vibrant venue for artists, audiences and communities to come together to connect, collaborate and play in a world of creative opportunities.

Newcastle upon Tyne Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 06 Mar 2023!

Imagine a space that’s full of creative activity, where you always feel welcome, included, safe and part of a community. Where you can have fun, learn new things, see new work, exchange ideas, meet new people, relax with your friends socially, and come away feeling inspired & creatively fulfilled. For too long, there’s been a lack of central, accessible, affordable & available space for artists, performers & facilitators to workshop & engage with audiences. Recently, the few ‘meanwhile spaces’ that existed pre-pandemic were torn down, making things worse. We will change that. Permanently. This property is easy to get to (nr Central Station) & though it’s stood empty for years, with your help, we’ll turn it into a gem! The creative hub will have a café-bar, 4 workshop rooms, a theatre, exhibition & screening space, co-working offices, reception, new loos, a lift, bike park, rooftop herb garden & green energy. Your cash will go to making the ground floor safe, secure & accessible.

What we'll deliver:

  • A New Accessible & Glazed 20meter Shopfront and Security Shutters
  • A New Accessible Toilet and Shower and Dressing Room
  • New Safe and Accessible External Fire Exit Doors at the Front and Rear
  • New Widened Internal Doors & Doorways to be Accessible
  • A Smooth and Even Floor Surface in the Welcoming Reception leading to the Cafe

Why it's a great idea:

The council is supportive of our plans. By Spring ‘23, this boarded-up property will be repurposed, bringing new daytime and evening visitors to a quieter part of town. Situated in the LGBTQ+ area, near to Alphabetti, Dance City, Globe, Life Centre & Discovery, Boho Arts will join up the dots on the map as a creative culture zone. By putting access first, we’ll help remove barriers that prevent participation in artistic activity. The many positive social benefits that creativity brings, especially in improving wellbeing and mental health, are key motivators. We'll welcome ALL members of the community (with no prejudice to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, religious belief, physical or intellectual ability) to experience these benefits. We’ll create new jobs, volunteering opportunities, trainee/apprenticeships, and provide affordable creative space for community benefit where grassroots artists can engage with the public in a variety of art forms and cultural activites.

Steps to get it done:

  • 1 Engage Project Manager
  • 2 Engage Contractors
  • 3 Demolition Works
  • 4 Installation of Doors
  • 5 Installation of Shopfront
  • 6 Levelling of Floor Surface
  • 7 Plumbing and Installation of Accessible Toilet

With more funding on the horizon, this crowdfund is an integral and exciting part of the bigger picture. We hope you'll help us reach our target - pledge, like and grow the crowd for our all-or-nothing campaign. Follow this page for updates. Find us and share on social media @BohoArtsNCL #BohoArtsCrowdfund. Thank you! 🙏

Location Newcastle upon Tyne

About the space

The venue is at 66-76 Scotswood Rd, NE4 7JE. It backs onto St James Boulevard, and is the penultimate building on the tip of the area known as the Pink Triangle, next to Bobby's pub on the corner, opposite St James Gate and Jurys Inn. At the other end of the road is Life Science Centre. Newcastle Central Station is a 5min walk away.


Newcastle City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £41,482

Install New Accessible & Glazed 20meter Shopfront and Security Shutters - £16,116 (39%)
New Accessible Toilet, Shower and Dressing Room Block - £7,395 (18%)
New External Fire Exit Doors - £6,336 (15%)
Contractors’ Preliminaries - £3,224 (8%)
Professional Contractor Project Manager - £3,224 (8%)
Even Reception Floor Surface - £1,331 (3%)
New Internal Accessible Doors & Doorways - £1,058 (3%)
Other - £2,799 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Install New Accessible & Glazed 20meter Shopfront and Security Shutters
New Accessible Toilet, Shower and Dressing Room Block
New External Fire Exit Doors
Contractors’ Preliminaries
Professional Contractor Project Manager
Even Reception Floor Surface
New Internal Accessible Doors & Doorways
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Convert Garage to Bike Park
  • Signage

Total £41,482

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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