The Pocklington Arts Centre column with Sara Morton

Venue co-ordinator Vanessa Simmons, marketing officer Sara Morton, venue director Janet Farmer, and venue manager James Duffy.
Venue co-ordinator Vanessa Simmons, marketing officer Sara Morton, venue director Janet Farmer, and venue manager James Duffy.

How many members of team PAC do you think it takes to construct a giant 3D dinosaur display?

A total of six it would seem!

Imagine trying to construct a huge piece of flat pack furniture, with limited instructions, and only a vague idea of what the end result should look like.

Nevertheless, we persevered, folded things, unfolded them, connected and disconnected parts, gave up on the plastic nuts and bolts and got out the duct tape, and enlisted extra help to complete the impressively large display that now greets visitors to the arts centre.

It was all due to the launch of our new cinema and live broadcasts programme which promises a summer of blockbusters including ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ (hence the dinosaur motif), ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’, and ‘Ocean’s 8’.

Overall it’s been an incredibly busy month for PAC.

We’ve seen sell-out shows; the completion of our newly extended management; PAC embracing World Cup fever by screening England’s games in our cinema; and around 150 people coming through the doors to enjoy our Open Day and discover for themselves just why PAC was chosen to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Joining venue director Janet Farmer, venue manager James Duffy and audience development and marketing officer Sara Morton is PAC’s brand new venue co-ordinator Vanessa Simmons.

Vanessa has previously worked in event management in the Arts at York St John University overseeing various festivals, exhibitions and shows with a particular focus on creating emerging artist platforms.

She is really looking forward to seeing some well-renowned artists on the PAC stage, as well as helping to provide first-class showcases for new artists coming into the industry.

Vanessa was very much thrown in at the deep end, with her first day coinciding with PAC’s Open Day, which was a resounding success.

In addition to having the chance to meet the team, visitors could take a tour of the venue, including the backstage areas not normally accessible to the public, such as the dressing rooms and projection room.

Visitors also got an early preview of our summer cinematic blockbusters and could find out more about PAC’s journey so far, joining the ‘friends of PAC’, and discovered what fantastic live events and exhibitions that are coming up.

There was a brilliant atmosphere throughout the event, with the studio/exhibition space becoming a pop-up cafe where everyone could enjoy a free cuppa and cake.

A big thank you to all those who donated cakes and gave up their time to make the day such a great success.

And this is just the start, with some really exciting changes ahead as PAC continues on its journey as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, building on its incredible success to date – let’s just hope there aren’t too many giant dinosaur displays to build along the way!

l To find out more about all PAC’s live events, exhibitions and films visit, call the Box Office on 01759 301547, find us on social media, or call into the venue on Market Place, Pocklington.