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Helmsley Arts Centre western frontage

Helmsley Arts Centre has gained a nation-wide reputation for its live-event and film programmes, which has grown over time. The venue, which has a 140-seat auditorium and 40-seat studio/exhibition space, has provided film screenings, live music, theatre performances, comedy clubs, art exhibitions and workshops/classes to tens of thousands of people since opening its doors.

How to find us:
The Arts Centre is off Bridge Street on Meeting House Court, in the centre of Helmsley.
Our address is:
Helmsley Arts Centre, The Old Meeting House, Meeting House Court, Helmsley,

 N Yorkshire YO62 5DW Tel 01439 771700 (Box Office)
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To get involved / any other queries please contact:  

Artistic Director : Em Whitfield Brooks : 01439 772112
General Manager : Karen Gosney : 01439 771715
Marketing Officer : Jane Redfern
 01439 772112

 Our mission:
 "to give everyone in the community we serve the opportunity of engaging with the Arts

Helmsley Arts Centre main entrance
• as audience and as active participants through theatre, music,

dance, visual arts, cinema, literature, exhibitions, presentations,workshops and discussions

• to promote work of high quality in each of the Arts in a wide range of forms, innovative and traditional

• to be receptive to the community’s needs and wishes and to

provide an appropriate framework to meet them

• to provide a friendly and supportive environment that enhances

the work we undertake".

The Arts Centre is registered as a Charity and relies heavily on about 80 volunteers to keep it up and running, including, for example, the treasurer, front-of-house staff, bar staff, envelope stuffers and so on.

However, with the help of an Arts Council England Lottery Grant  it also has at present (2011/12) an Artistic Director, Administrator and Marketing/Development Officer on its payroll and employs a number of other people on an occasional basis, directly or by contracting out - for example, the lighting and sound technicians, projectionists, youth theatre organisers, cleaners.

The Arts Centre building has an interesting history. What you see from outside is new but within it sits the kernel of the original Old Meeting House - though you'd hardly recognise it - built in 1812. Go upstairs and into the new Dorothy Morley room, however, which extends the  gable end of the original building westwards, and you'll see the original wall with its plaque cut from stone in 1812.

We are right in the centre of Helmsley. Walk down Bridge Street towards the bridge and on the left you will see an ornate sign hanging above an arched entrance to a paved street leading to Meeting House Court. Come on through the arch and there we are.

And you'll discover what a rich range of events and activities we have on offer.


1812 Theatre Company

The 1812 Theatre Company is based at the Centre. See us, join us... see more

1812 Youth Theatre

And see more about our 1812 Youth Theatre

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