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The Courtyard Development

Arts Council England Capital Grants Announcement


The Courtyard is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Capital Grant by Arts Council England to invest in the extension and refurbishment of the Arts Centre.

Small Capital Grants support Arts Council goals by ensuring arts and cultural organisations have the right capital assets to support the delivery of their work.

With this funding secured, The Courtyard Hereford will redesign the front of house area, making Box Office more accessible. We’re also adding a shop selling locally-made arts and crafts, and a new multi-purpose meeting room, which can also be used as an additional performance space. The funding will also be used to extend the Café Bar area and first floor dining space to create an outside terrace.

Coinciding with The Courtyard’s 20th Anniversary, the Arts Centre, which is currently funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, put in the bid for funding to further develop its artistic and community programme and future-proof the building as a cultural community venue for Herefordshire.

Ian Archer, Chief Executive & Artistic Director at The Courtyard, said:The Courtyard is delighted that, with the support of Arts Council England, we will be now be able to make the much needed changes required to improve and enhance the facilities at The Courtyard after 20 years. The Courtyard is committed to being a fully accessible community venue, so these changes will make us much more accessible.

“The Courtyard is an essential part of Herefordshire’s growing economy and this investment will help secure the future of The Courtyard as part of Herefordshire’s cultural life.”

This vital funding only contributes to the development plans and we still have a large amount of money to raise to support this project. If you’d like to support us in our regeneration project, you can donate online here or contact Clare Wichbold for more information or 01432 346505.

Planning Application can be viewed on Herefordshire Council’s Website. 

We see the plan in two parts. Stage 1 will be the work at the Box Office end of the building which will entail erecting a glass screen to create a retail space with a new room at 2nd floor level, which will be used as a multi-purpose meeting room and performance space. A new revolving front door and canopy will be installed opposite the canyons and the Box Office relocated to a central point opposite the new doors.

Stage 2 will be to extend the Café/Bar area to where the outdoor seating is now and create a new outdoor terrace area at the first floor level. The kitchens will be refurbished to facilitate the additional customers and allow for a better service.

Total cost including fit-out is estimated at £1.2m. We will undertake the work in summer 2020 in order to minimise the inconvenience to our customers.

Roger Morgan, Chairman of The Courtyard Board, said: “We are very grateful for this funding and for the support that we have received from Herefordshire Council. The Cabinet decisions regarding project management and underwriting the matched funding were very helpful in getting the Arts Council funding. This development of The Courtyard will help secure its future for many years to come.”