Shoreham's Ropetackle launches survival crowdfunder

Shoreham’s  Ropetackle Arts Centre has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000 in a bid to navigate the devastating impact of Covid-19.

Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 8:00 am
Chairman Martin Allen
Chairman Martin Allen

With ongoing government restrictions and repeated closures, Ropetackle has lost 70 per cent of its income and two thirds of its seated capacity.

It is now reaching out to the community with a giving campaign to help support its survival and secure its future.

Since opening in 2007, the purpose-built venue, which is run almost entirely by volunteers, has grown to become a vibrant, award-winning hub for live music, comedy, theatre, film, and more.

It has proved a successful launch pad for new entertainers and creative projects, an intimate space for established acts and a friendly space for the whole community to enjoy inspiring arts events.

As chairman Martin Allen says: “Ropetackle has become an integral part of the community and we know from audience feedback that it is a valuable asset for Shoreham and beyond.

“We work with many groups and partners within the area to ensure as many people as possible have access to the arts, and we are very committed and adaptable.

“Working mont by month, we’ve been able to put together a programme of socially-distanced shows, films, children’s activities, and even a Christmas pantomime because we felt strongly the community should benefit from some joy and connection at a difficult time.

“We adopted stringent guidelines to ensure it was safe to do this, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We are hugely grateful for the support we have already received – from the community, from Adur District Council and national government and from the Arts Council.

“But to survive this crisis and secure our future, we need to raise more,” Martin says.

“The latest lockdown forced us to cut short our Christmas pantomime, which generates a significant portion of the income needed to sustain Ropetackle, and we had to cancel and postpone many shows scheduled for 2021.

“We want to build on the work we started in 2020 and keep serving the community with safe and uplifting shows.

“We hope this Crowdfunder will help us achieve that goal, survive this current period of closure and enable us to reopen as soon as we can, securing the future of arts and culture in Shoreham, Adur and beyond.”

In the meantime, they are doing a degree of streaming.

Also in the meantime the venue is applying for money under the latest round of cultural recovery funding: “We are hoping for something like £25,000. Last time we got £56,000.

“This time we are limited to about 50 per cent of what we have got before. And it is not a given.

“There are a lot of strings attached. But even if we don’t get it, we will still be OK.”

And this week’s announcements regarding the easing of the national lockdown come as a further boost to the venue.

Throughout its closures, Ropetackle has always kept itself in readiness to reopen as soon as it possibly can.

You can donate at to Ropetackle’s crowdfunder online at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/secure-the-future-of-ropetackle-arts-centre