Record month for audiences at arts centre

Blues musician Eric Bibb.
Blues musician Eric Bibb.

April was a record-breaking month for Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC), figures show.

It was announced that ticket sales and audience figures for the month have made it their best to date.

Comedian Phill Jupitus.

Comedian Phill Jupitus.

A total of 2,800 people attended 31 events at PAC in April, in addition to the venue’s function room being hired out for private functions and meetings 20 times.

The venue hosted a number of sell-out shows in April which included award-winning comedian Henning When, blues musician Eric Bibb, soul-sensation Ruby Turner, comedian Phill Jupitus, and singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman.

The news comes just as the multi-arts centre, situated in the heart of Pocklington, has officially become one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.

Venue director Janet Farmer said: “These latest statistics show that the arts centre really is continuing to go from strength to strength.

“We have come such a long way since we first opened our doors back in 2000, having undergone an extensive refurbishment in 2016 and now our newly acquired NPO status marks the start of the next significant and very exciting chapter in PAC’s story.

“We take a lot of pride in being able to bring an incredibly varied arts programme, which features some of the best music, comedy, art and drama from around the world, to audiences right here in rural East Yorkshire.”