Salisbury Arts Centre is a registered charity that is passionate about giving everyone the
chance to experience the arts. At the root of everything we do is the belief that communities thrive when imaginations fly.
Creative thinkers solve problems and spark endless invention, building exciting communities that people want to be part of.
By working with the community and programming performances, films, workshops and
exhibitions that spark creative thought, Salisbury Arts Centre attracts over 60,000 visitors to 1605 events each year.
We work with young people to develop their skills and confidence and help them to achieve their big ambitions. We support artists to create their work and share it, providing a local platform for artistic talent to thrive.
We do it all out of a love of arts, people and community. Last year more than half of our participatory events were completely free to those taking part. Providing such high quality cultural experiences is expensive and ticket sales do not cover all of our costs.
We are a part of the Arts Council of England's National Portfolio so we receive an annual grant from them. The rest of our income comes from a variety of places. Ticket sales, café income, and room hire fees certainly help but since we are a charity we keep our prices low and we could not sustain the Arts Centre as a profit-making business. Donations, subscriptions, and grants provide the final proportion of our income and ensure that our exciting cultural opportunities remain accessible to the widest possible audience.
According to Arts Council England, public investment in the arts in England only costs each taxpayer 14p per week - this is less than 0.05% of total government spending. But the arts contribute to society in a huge number of ways; aside from the economic value of having a thriving cultural venue in Salisbury, the Arts Centre also provides education opportunities to local young people, free cultural activities for children and families, a public platform to support emerging artists and much more.
The arts contribute great value to society. According to Arts Council England’s 2015 evidence review of the value of arts and culture to people and society, arts and culture is worth £7.7 billion GVA (Gross Value Added) to our economy and arts and culture industries generated £15.1 billion in turnover in 2012-13, an increase of 26% since 2010.