Campaigners set meeting to discuss ArtsHouse future

Stratford's ArtsHouse.

The fight to keep Stratford ArtsHouse open has begun, with those interested in saving the venue invited to attend a meeting on Sunday.

The meeting, which will take place at No.1 Shakespeare Street at 7.30pm, has been organised by Dominic Skinner, who launched a Facebook campaign on Thursday – after the Herald broke the news that it would close in May.

Dominic is calling for community groups to come together to help form a robust and sustainable business plan for operating the Artshouse.

He hopes such a plan may win the support of the Town Trust.

Dominic said: “This campaign has just exploded since the group started, there is a general feeling that we need to act now and strike while the iron is hot. It would be a tragedy if a town like Stratford lost a venue like the Artshouse, it would make Shakespeare blush. ”

The Herald revealed this week that a funding agreement between the ArtsHouse Trustees and the Town Trust would end on 5th May, meaning the ArtsHouse will close after that date unless a new backer is found.

Everyone is invited to attend the meeting on Sunday.

For the full about the closure of Stratford Artshouse download this week’s Herald – download a copy here to read what the Town Trust chief executive, Justin Williams, and ArtsHouse Trust chairman, Rosemary Hyde, had to say about each other.