We want to create a friendly and welcoming space where, whether you're a local or a visiting tourist and whatever your age, you'll feel like it's the place for you.
As well as 'pay for' events, the barge will offer loads of opportunities to just sit and enjoy a drink and a snack while you look at the art work on the walls or listen to someone playing you chilled out lunchtime piano.
We've bought the ideal barge, done works on the hull-exterior and we're now preparing a planning application which we hope will secure us a permanent mooring in the city centre.
Once we have been offered a permanent mooring we can go ahead with the full renovation and, all being well, get the barge open for business in 2017.
But before we can submit the planning application we need to raise funds to pay for essential work on design drawings, naval-architecture work, a sound survey and items such as ladders and wooden supports for the temporary barge cover.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Since the closure of the York Arts Centre in 1998, the city has had no comparable, dedicated social arts space for artists, performers, residents and visitors to come together and enjoy the arts on a day to day basis.
As artists, performers and arts-enthusiasts we wanted to create a dynamic, inspiring hub where, whether you're a resident there to have a coffee, a tourist visiting for a performance or a performer providing the night's entertainment you feel that you're part of an inclusive, welcoming and creative environment.
Crucially though, the venue must be able to financially support itself. For this reason a city-centre space is central to its chances of success. The cost of city-centre buildings is out of the reach of most community project's finances (including ours) and so we decided that a barge-venue would be a relatively cost-effective and affordable option.
It also offers the unique selling point of being a barge of course - and everybody loves boats!
Steps to get it done:
Any donation, however small, is appreciated. Although we can't, with certainty, predict the outcome of the planning process, your support will demonstrate to planners that the project is important to the York community, which in itself is a major boost to the application. In the event that the barge doesn't get mooring consent, any monies left over from the project would be set against the next stage/s in our plan.
All backers are invited to our VIP party in July. And as most of you will know that there ain't no party like an Arts Barge Party!
And backers that pledge £25 or more can join for a Foss Basin tour with a glass of wine at the barge.
Pledge, and to say thanks your name will be added to the BIG BEAUTIFUL BARGE BOOK of BACKERS! This will be kept forever so that you and everyone else can see who helped make the barge happen and you'll be able to write a comment when you come to the VIP doo in July! What's not to like?
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As you all know, Arts Barge reached our target early and we're now the second successful project on the York Spacehive - busy bees! But did you know that there are other great projects on the hive still looking for support? For as little as £2 you can help another initiative get off the ground and really get our community buzzing.Take a look here https://www.spacehive.com/initiatives/york at what other people are doing and spread the word to friends - there's something for everyone on there! Thanks again and warm wishes from us, Marce, Hand, Christian and Jane
Thanks Robin Bowes for taking us over the target! And thanks to every single person who pledged, shared, tweeted, emailed, phoned and generally supported our campaign. We did it 10 days ahead of schedule:) We can't take any more donations via the crowd funder site but if anyone still wants to donate and enter the Big Beautiful Barge Book of Backers so that all of posterity can see how you made a barge happen - you can do this here... https://localgiving.org/charity/artsbargeproject/ More updates on what this means once we've had a glass of wine:) Have one yourselves! You've earned it! xxxxxx