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Growing confidence for Northumberland live performance venues

There is a light at the end of the tunnel and growing confidence for Northumberland live performance venues to reopen safely in November following the latest Government announcement of a pilot scheme to test social distancing in selected theatres from August 1st.

Covid-19 is having a huge impact on the theatre industry with most of the Autumn’s touring dance, theatre and music productions already being cancelled or transferred to next year. The Northumberland theatres have been communicating regularly to make tentative plans towards the re-opening of all venues. The latest Government pilot scheme will be monitored with great interest enabling venues to implement successful social-distancing measures which have been tried and tested on selected audiences. However there is no ‘one size fits all’ in terms of social distancing for a theatre; a lot depends on the physical layout of the building, such as how wide and how many entrances, exits, staircases and toilets the building has but all the venues agree that it is a move in the right direction.

Queen’s Hall Hexham is the creative heart of the community, and during lockdown we have continued to connect with our community, offering things for people to do and see at home such as our Creative Age quilting project for people aged 50+, and online writing courses for Young People in partnership with the Hexham Book Festival. We are also planning some refurbishment work while the building is closed to create a new flexible performance and workshop space, and to make all of our spaces and backstage areas more accessible and welcoming when we reopen.” Katy Taylor, QHA Artistic Director

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Alnwick Playhouse and Berwick Maltings are looking at November to reopen with social-distancing and a range of other safety measures in place. The three venues are working together to plan a special Christmas project for audiences to reflect on the challenges of the past year and celebrate looking forward to the next.

For more details please download the press release here.


Opportunity for Freelance Marketing support for our Audiences in Lockdown Project

Queen's Hall Arts want to engage freelance marketing support for 12 hours per week for 12 weeks starting in early July.  

The Queen’s Hall knows that it is vital to engage our current audiences and to grow new audiences during the lockdown and throughout the temporary closure of the arts centre. We are working with our community to create and share artistic activity throughout this time with the aim of curating an exhibition of work once the venue reopens.  Queen's Hall Arts will commission artists to produce relevant content and projects which will enhance the lives of those living in Hexham and its rural hinterland.

In order to support this project, we want to engage freelance marketing support. Please download the application here.



Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham awarded £206,550 Arts Council Funding for Opening Doors Project

Queen’s Hall Arts has been awarded £206,550 Small Capital funding for their ‘Opening Doors’ project, which will improve access to performing, participation and circulation spaces within Queen’s Hall Arts Centre.

Opening Doors is an exciting 2 year project which will create a new Studio Theatre within the Queen’s Hall. 

QHA Artistic Director Katy Taylor said ‘The space will provide a flexible performance and workshop space which will allow us to present small scale theatre, children’s performance, music and workshops....'

Press release: Download here



 January 2019: New Season at QHA: January to April 2019

The new season, programmed by new Artistic Director Katy Taylor, is now on sale.

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29 January 2018: Geof Keys to leave QHA.

After more than 20 years at the helm Geof Keys, Artistic Director of the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham is stepping down this summer.

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19 April 2017: QHA Easter Raffle is a cracking success

Registered charity Queen’s Hall Arts (QHA) is delighted to announce that it raised over £1,200 in ticket sales through a recent Easter Raffle. Arts Council England is currently match funding all donations the charity receives, thus bringing the grand total raised to £2,400.  Funds raised will be used to develop and deliver arts projects for young people in the local area. 

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27 July 2016: Catalyst to Success

We are delighted to have been awarded £150,000 from Arts Council England to develop and grow our fundraising income.

Geof Keys, Artistic Director said: “The £150,000 ‘Catalyst Evolve’ award is very timely as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. It will mean QHA is here for future generations and will help us in our ambition to ensure everyone in our community has access to great arts and culture and the opportunity to fulfil their artistic potential”.

Funds raised will be used to bring higher quality performances to Hexham, to nurture local talent and to ensure the local community has increased opportunities to enjoy and take part in the arts.

Download our Press Release here and click to see article in Hexham Courant