- Date: 10 November 2008
- Region: Yorkshire
A seven year dream comes to fruition for Mind the Gap when it formally raises the curtain on its new home, Mind the Gap Studios, on Tuesday 18 November.
Mind the Gap Studios is the theatre company’s award-winning £2.1 million performing arts workspace, based within the iconic Lister Mills in Manningham, Bradford.
The Studios will be officially opened by the company’s Honorary President, the Rt Hon the Baroness Lockwood.
The three fully equipped theatre studio spaces for rehearsals, workshops, training, and dance breathe new life into Bradford’s industrial heritage.
They meet not just Mind the Gap’s needs for its work with learning-disabled artists, but also provide much needed space for hire for other arts and disability organisations.
Designed by Allen Tod Architecture, the building won an Inclusive Design Award from CABE, the government’s advisor on architecture and public spaces. At the heart of every decision during the project was a commitment to providing accessible facilities for learning disabled artists.
The project was delivered in partnership with Bradford Council. It was made possible by £1.25 million lottery money through Arts Council England, Yorkshire, as well as investment from European Regional Development Fund, Bradford Council, the Wolfson Foundation and WREN.
Mind the Gap Studios is one of eleven new and refurbished arts venues opening their doors between 2008-2011. Arts Council England has invested over £44 million of lottery money in these exciting spaces, levering in £155 million of additional investment.
Mind the Gap is a theatre company that believes in quality, equality and inclusion. It is supported with regular funding from Arts Council England, Yorkshire.
One of the UK’s leading theatre companies working with learning disabled artists, Mind the Gap is renowned for its pioneering theatre productions performed by its talented company of learning disabled actors, and for its theatre training that has enabled people with learning disabilities to work as professional actors.