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BERWICK VISUAL ARTS



On Tuesday Berwick Visual Arts launched a new online exhibition ‘Portrait of a Town’ developed in partnership with Berwick Record Office and curated by Cameron Robertson. 

The exhibition offers a offers a glimpse into the lives of townspeople of Berwick over the last 60 years and draws from the Photo Centre collection, a photojournalism business established in the town in 1951 by David Smith.

Aspects of everyday life including industries which once thrived in the town, shops, leisure time activities ranging from darts teams to leek shows sit alongside images the Smiths captured of news and life events in the exhibition.

The website also includes some great resources for children, families and teachers to develop their own photography skills with the help of photographer Joanne Coates. 

View the archive HERE or on Instagram @photocentreberwick

Portrait of a Town has been commissioned by Berwick Visual Arts and Northumberland Archives and curated by Cameron Robertson. It has been supported by the Friends of Berwick & District Museum and Archives and the Community Foundation.

Image courtesy Berwick Record Office: BRO 1944/1/5594/43


CULTURE RECOVERY FUND #HEREFORCULTURE

We are delighted to announce that The Maltings has received a grant of £68,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including The Maltings in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The funding allows us to plan our phased reopening over the next 6 months, making our galleries and venue welcoming and safe for staff and audiences, relaunching our programme and ensuring our Youth Theatre and other community activities can all return.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they've ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors - helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead."


We would like to thank you all for your continued support over this extremely difficult time, and we are so excited to be able to start welcoming you back to our venues over the next 6 months when it is safe to do so.


FUNDING FOR OUR NEW BUILDING

The Board and staff of the Maltings (Berwick) Trust are all delighted that funding for a new multi-million pound arts venue for Berwick has been confirmed after the signing of the government’s Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. The new building will replace our existing venue on Eastern Lane in the centre of Berwick - sensitively capitalising on the site’s heritage location and panoramic views across the 17th century old Berwick Bridge and the Tweed Estuary.

We know how loved our current building is, and how hard our community worked to make it happen in 1990. But we’ve been increasingly aware how much the building lags behind in its facilities, its accessibility and its green credentials. And we want the very best for Berwick – so the rare opportunity to secure a new build in the current climate was too special an opportunity to ignore. Our team will work closely with Northumberland County Council to ensure the new venue delivers for everyone in Berwick, and the surrounding area – and we look forward to working from a range of temporary homes to maintain our film and live events programme (alongside our two gallery spaces) during the development period.

The venue will be a flagship cultural and entertainment complex when we open the doors in 2025, able to provide a full time year round cinema programme alongside an expanded range of live events, community activities, workshops, and events for children and young people, with:

· a larger auditorium to provide extra seats and the opportunity to secure larger touring productions and higher profile live performances across theatre, music, comedy, and dance.

· a dedicated cinema space that will allow us to run live events and cinema screenings simultaneously.

· a destination restaurant and bar.

· a dedicated studio theatre.

· a flexible-use education, event, screening and rehearsal space.

All our project partners are committed to ensuring we deliver a major asset for the town – attracting visitors and residents of all ages, boosting footfall and spend in the town centre, and enhancing awareness of Berwick as a must-visit destination.

Our next steps for 2021 are a design competition and public consultation, with construction work currently scheduled to start in February 2023.

“We’re all thrilled to be working with NCC on this flagship project in support of the culture-led regeneration of Berwick. The Maltings is already the cultural heart of Berwick, punching well above its weight in delivering a combined arts programme of genuine quality and appeal. The New Maltings project will take the town to a whole new level, allowing us to grow our audience and fully realise our ambitions in terms of artistic reputation, breadth of programme, and community engagement right across our region.“

Euan Duthie QC, Chair of Trustees for The Maltings (Berwick) Trust



IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to the lockdown restrictions that are currently in place unfortunatley our building is currently closed, this includes our Cafe Bar as well as the Theatre and Cinema. If you have tickets for upcoming shows that cannot go ahead we will be in contact soon with information on credit refunds in line with our policy. If you have any questions or concerns you can get in touch with us at box.office@maltingsberwick.co.uk. We thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.

HELP THE MALTINGS SURVIVE

We are currently closed until it is safe to reopen our doors again. Despite cutting our costs right back, we are aware that we need to make some big changes to be in line with new social distancing measures. Currently we do not know when we will be able to open our doors and this has had a great financial impact on us. There will be a continued financial strain when we can welcome you back as there will inevitably be a capacity limit for venues like ours. 

Your generosity at this time is greatly appreciated by the whole team. 


A NOTE TO ALL CUSTOMERS: If you have booked for an event which has unfortunatley been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, the full amount of your purchase will be credited to your Maltings account which you will be able to use for future purposes. This credit will not expire.


PLEASE NOTE: Our Box Office staff are not currently in the building and therefore our phone line is not being monitored. If you have an issue please email us at box.office@maltingsberwick.co.uk.

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The Maltings is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194