We need to clarify the grant funding, as some people are taking it to mean that we are funded on an ongoing basis by the Arts Council, and specifically that we are being funded for the effects of the coronavirus lock-down. This is categorically not the case, and although we will survive it – will not be because of any external funding. The government funding only amounts to £10,000, which is nothing compared to the running costs of the centre. The unpaid director of this not for profit organisation will need to inject some funds to keep the centre afloat during these difficult times. Your understanding of this is appreciated.
Chapel Arts Centre, formerly known variously as The Central Club, then Window Arts Centre and more recently, Invention Studios, re-opened over eight years ago with a lot more than a new name. It is now firmly established as Bath’s alternative arts venue and we present an eclectic array of events as you will see. The well kitted out venue holds 200 people standing, 150 seated theatre style and 105 seated at cabaret style tables. We have a superb, solid and smooth oak wood floor, a state-of-the-art lighting system and truss, and the fantastic natural acoustic of the room (best in Bath!) which is augmented by an excellent sound system with a professional 28:8:2 channel Soundcraft mixing desk with more outboard than you could shake a stick at.
There is now a permanent and well stocked bar with many local and organic drinks and a choice of excellent wines, and the Sky Blue Cafe area downstairs has been fully refurbished and serves tasty and wholesome vegan food.
We operate as a community arts centre, serving all of the various residents and visitors in Bath and its environs. We have taken as our remit the function of presenting as wide a range of the performing arts as possible, including music of all kinds (except the very loud!), theatre, dance, comedy, film, mime, poetry and multimedia combinations of all the above and more. We are able to offer workshops and provide a space for rehearsals and learning experiences of all kinds.
Chapel Arts Centre – Technical Specification – January 2018
Please Note: Due to the venue being situated near residential properties, we work to a maximum average level of 95dBA at the FOH mix position
2 x d&b Q7 (tops – flown)
2 x d&b B4 (subs)
3 x d&b E5 (front fills)
Powered by 2 x d&b D12 amplifiers
6 x d&b M6 floor monitors
Powered by 3 x d&b D12 amplifiers
Soundcraft Vi1 32 channel digital mixing console
1 x Denon DNC110 CD Player
5 x Shure SM58
4 x Shure SM57
2 x AKG C1000
1 x AKG D112
2 x Oktavia MSP 012
8 x Active DI Boxes
Stands and XLR leads for the above
If you would like high-resolution images of your live performance at Chapel Arts Centre, then we can offer photography from Julian Foxon Photography, a photographer based in Bath, specialising in event and performance photography. Prices start from £75 for a set of 50 hi-res images supplied the following morning, so you can immediately include next-day shots on Twitpics, Facebook etc. Sample images from live performances are shown here, and you can see more examples at www.jfoxon.co.uk
Call 01225 461700 or contact Jan Cottington the Centre Manager for more information, viewing or booking.
Chapel Arts is available for private hire with programs that fit into our overall artistic policy – a policy which is very broad but with the Arts firmly at its heart. Anyone interested in any aspect of Chapel Arts Centre should contact Philip Andrews (Director) or Jan Cottington (Centre Manager) through this website or call the office on 01225 461700, manned Mon to Fri 2-6pm, although it may be manned outside those hours.
Chapel Arts Centre is a not for profit company with charitable status which operates from its base at St James’s Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1QR.
The Centre is dedicated to promoting the performing arts, the arts in general, and arts-based community events.
The Centre Director is: Philip Andrews & the Centre Manager is: Jan Cottington.