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York Arts Barge

Funded on Spacehive 5 May 2016 Delivered 1 March 2017

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York Arts Barge

York Arts Barge By York Arts Barge

Help us turn a barge into a unique arts and performance venue for York: a place for you and yours to enjoy music, art, dance and theatre or just a local ale or a cuppa and cake with us on the river!

York Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 05 May 2016!

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:

  • Catalyse regeneration of the river and the surrounding area
  • Showcase the best of York's and the region's creative talent
  • Provide a friendly and welcoming space for all ages to enjoy the arts together
  • Provide an inspiring hub for artists and a unique performance venue for locals and tourists

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:

  • Following planning, we have a clear fund-raising strategy for the renovation project.
  • Our experienced team of architects, DSP, will continue to oversee all aspects of design and planning.
  • Our specialist naval architect will ensure that all safety considerations are effectively managed during planning.
  • We have a dedicated social media following of over 4000 supporters who will support the planning process. .
  • We have already obtained written expressions of support from key councillors including both council leaders.
  • We have excellent links with key strategic groups within the city who will support the application.
  • We have excellent links with the local press and local radio who will promote and support the application.

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?

Location York

About the space

Adjacent to Tower Gardens and near to Skeldergate Bridge.


City of York Council

How will the money be spent?Total £23,449

Architect final designs / artists impression - £6,500 (28%)
Marine Architect - £6,150 (26%)
Architect initial drawings and plans - £5,000 (21%)
Moorings - £1,200 (5%)
Sound survey - £1,000 (4%)
Barge hull cover - £1,000 (4%)
Project management fee - £590 (3%)
Timber support for hull cover - £500 (2%)
Ladders and access - £500 (2%)
Marketing and promotion - £295 (1%)
Other - £714 (3%)

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.

Architect final designs / artists impression
Marine Architect
Architect initial drawings and plans
Sound survey
Barge hull cover
Project management fee
Timber support for hull cover
Ladders and access
Marketing and promotion
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £23,449

Our Volunteer List

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