Pocklington Arts Centre will welcome back members of the public on Tuesday, July 20 after long lay-off
Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC) will reopen on Tuesday, July 20, with film screenings recommencing on Friday, July 23 – a total of 491 days since the venue’s last performance.
PAC director, Janet Farmer, said the venue had chosen this date to ensure the safety of its customers and volunteers.
She said: “Over the last few months our main focus has been planning the safe reopening of the building, ensuring all staff are trained appropriately and making sure the venue has all its new systems, resources and processes in place and working well.
“We have sought feedback from staff, volunteers and customers and this will be vital to the success of this process. Our main aim is to ensure the visitor experience at PAC is safe, secure and enjoyable.”
In late March 2020 the venue launched a crowdfunding page and raised more than £18,000 in less than a month, followed by successful funding applications to the Smile Foundation’s I Am Fund and the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.
Janet said: “I would like to thank the venue’s customers in addition to Pocklington Town Council, the Friends of PAC, the Smile Foundation, Arts Council England and the Music Venue Trust for their collective support over the last year.
“It has been a very difficult time for everyone but their kind words, financial support and continued interest in all things PAC has meant a great deal and helped carry the venue through these extraordinary times.
“Over the last year staff have been rescheduling a series of the venue’s forthcoming events into Autumn/Winter 2021 and 2022, transferring over 4,000 tickets and refunding customers for over 20 cancelled events.
“Throughout the closure period PAC has stated it was determined to emerge from the situation more vibrant than ever and its Autumn/Winter programme is a testament to that.
“2021/22 will see a fantastic range of live events being staged at the venue alongside its trademark diverse mix of film screenings, live broadcasts, exhibitions, community events and private hires.
“Everyone at PAC is now counting down the days until the doors can reopen and we can welcome customers back to the venue.
“It’s been a very long interval and we can’t wait for the second half to begin.”
For full event listings go to www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk and/or social media accounts.