Accalia Arts Theatre Royal Haymarket

£11,665 of £3.0M goal

Raised by 524 people in 6 months
A group of female creatives want to buy Theatre Royal Haymarket to encourage and support female led work. 

We are a female led arts initiative campaigning for a female led arts space. In response to unequal representation and the lack of safe spaces for women to explore what is going on around them. Capturing the recent surge of female energy, global unrest and in the wake of #timesup,  #metoo,  #blacklivesmatter - and a whole host of intersectional activism world wide. We have come together as a collective with a desire for change, to support and instigate shifts in the terrain and to do so through the powerful platform of the arts.

We intend to create a corner that contributes to global women’s movements, with a focus on the inclusive nature of the arts. The arts engage us to explore, along with holding valuable transformational capacities whilst despite being the fastest growing industry to GDP we find funding is consistantly cut. There are so many reasons why we want to make a success of this but our primary reason is uniting, as women to instigate and inspire creative modes of change in our social standing, treatment and power.

Imelda Staunton, CBE, stage and screen actress said of the campaign 'Lets have it, lets have a change, I don’t want to exclude people but I also think the time is ripe at the moment to maybe push that idea forward and see how it works. I think it’s worth giving it a go and seeing what happens.' 'There’s a lot of men only stuff lets maybe have a bit of women only I think why not give it a go!’

As the organisation develops we plan to nurture dialogue and conversation with men to facilitate shifts in the equilibrium. As things have progressed we are already having amazing conversations with men around us, who support this and wish to be a part of the creative unpicking of roles, relationships and social conditioning.

If unsuccessful we intend to fund female-led arts initiatives in collaboration with other venues and festivals.

Funds will be kept in a bank account under the control of Accalia Arts until such time that Theatre Royal Haymarket has been sold. Funds will be used to bid on the Haymarket Sale then used to purchase the 67 year lease.
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Dear All,

As announced on our Facebook Group we have unfortunately not raised enough money to put in a bid for the Haymarket. As such we will be re-branding the campaign for the next steps.

We will be discussing options and next steps at a community meeting which will be announced. Fill in the below form for potential dates.

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Happy Monday!

Quick update on the campaign on our next steps.

Any withdrawals from the campaign will be sent to a bank account under the control of Natalie Durkin. Which will then be transferred safely to an account under the control of Accalia Arts once the company structure is confirmed and under complete management.

We thank you again for the support the campaign is still in full swing and we are working on our next steps regarding the bidding process. Any questions or concerns please email - info@accaliaarts.co.uk and do follow us on Twitter @accaliaarts.

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We have a new name!

To continue on our campaign we needed to create a company that could achieve the incredible things we set out to do.

We introduce to you - Accalia Arts.

Currently being managed by a steering committee of -

Natalie Durkin
Sinèad Emery
Lou-Lou Mason
Julia Mucko
Charlotte Chinn
Michelle Roche

To support or find us on social media you can find us @accaliaarts #accaliaslays #slaymarket

More exciting news soon!
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Thank you all so much for your support so far!

Would love you to join in our social media campaign - see below link for more information!


Also make sure to tune in to TalkRadio at 8pm for Badass Women’s Hour to hear us talk about the campaign!


More exciting news to come next week!

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