New Multi-Million Pound Halifax Art Centre Opens

The Square Chapel Building has undergone a major investment to create a creative space.

Square Chapel Arts centre, Halifax will open its doors to the public today (Thursday 8 June). 

The project has taken millions of pounds from funders and fundraising events, and has been 12 years in the development.

The new £6.6m Square Chapel building has transformed the arts centre by creating a new extension and improved facilities for everyone who will use the venue. The new space includes:

"    A new extension for Square Chapel with improved facilities
"    An intimate, multi-purpose auditorium for performances, film screenings and workshops (Copper auditorium 108 seats) 
"    A welcoming café/bar
"    Improved access throughout
"    New dressing rooms
"    New and improved toilet facilities including accessible - changing places toilet facilities
"    New projector and sound system
"    Dedicated space for committed volunteers
"    Direct access to The Piece Hall's interpretation centre creating a seamless cultural quarter in the heart of Halifax
"    State of the art equipment in the existing Red Brick auditorium (230 seats) 

Square Chapel Arts Centre Director, David McQuillan said: "We genuinely believe in bringing people together; that the world is better with stronger, cohesive communities full of tolerance, understanding, creativity and self-expression. Fostering a sense of community and engaging audiences is what Square Chapel has been doing for nearly thirty years. Your arts Centre is a place to come together for the best performances, food, films, conversations and drinks; a place to feel open-hearted and alive. It is all of you, friends, audiences and volunteers, that have made Square Chapel the success that it is today and it's you who we need to bring life and warmth to this stunning new building we've created."

Square Chapel Patron, George Costigan said: "The design is great, the imagination and delivery of it is fantastic, but for me, the best part of all this is the programme and culture. The wonderful varied programme the people of these valleys are being offered. I'm happy to be involved with Square Chapel's journey" 



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