What we do
Members of Beverley Arts Trust have continued to organise the Puppet Festival, the late night sessions at the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival, and individual events supported by a number of very able volunteers. We promote these events at Market stalls and by distribution of leaflets in addition to use of the web site and email list. The local press and media are contacted for each event and they have been very supportive and have helped our events reach a wider audience.
We take every opportunity offered to comment on the plans for the proposed development of the Memorial Hall and other entertainment venues in the Beverley area.
Since 2006 we have organised the biannual Beverley Puppet Festival that features a large number of companies, shows and various street performances over 3 days in the summer. Educational residencies created a schools' showcase and procession.
Beverley Arts Trust members acted as task force volunteers during the set up of the Beverley Folk Festival site for a number of years and started the late night Wold Top tent, ensuring that this popular festival continued to be based in Beverley.
We were involved in consultation for the Memorial Hall redevelopment and developed a Cultural Strategy for the Beverley Renaissance Partnership Cultural Group.
Beverley Arts Trust was started with a public meeting to campaign against the closure of The Beverley Picture Playhouse,and keep the Beverley Picture Playhouse open as an arts venue.
Beverley Arts Trust presented the case for keeping an arts centre in the market square in Beverley, collected numerous signatures and made presentions at the planning meetings. However despite our best efforts the Beverley Picture Playhouse has now been closed and refurbished as a commercial venue. We will however continue to promote, support and encourage performing arts in Beverley and throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire.