Studio Campaign
Studio Campaign

Studio Campaign

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What do we want to do and why:

The Studio Campaign is the first phase of our Guildhall Renaissance project, an ambitious programme of restoration to ensure Portsmouth Guildhall continues to thrive for the next 130 years and be a venue of which we can all enjoy and be proud.

Our plans to transform The Harlequin Room, a tired and under-utilised space on the Ground Floor of the Guildhall, into a 185 seat/250 standing capacity Guildhall Studio will create a much needed facility to support emerging talent across the region, develop a diversified arts and classical music offer, create a small conference and meeting space and provide an accessible hub which community groups can utilise.

As a Concert Hall that has seen some of the world’s finest artists perform including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo and Elton John, and which celebrates home-grown talent through its Portsmouth Music Experience Exhibition and Wall of Fame, the Guildhall aims to support the next generation of local artists. Complementing the other excellent music venues in the city, the development of a secondary performance space at the Guildhall will fill the gap between suitable venues that can accommodate 100 or 400 people, creating a clear path of progression for emerging artists trying to grow their audiences.

The Guildhall Studio will also be used to programme a more diverse offer including folk, blues, jazz and world music, classical soloists and ensembles and the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series in an intimate setting more befitting to these performances. Both current audiences to the Guildhall and non-attenders have expressed demand for such an offer, currently not available in the city.

As an accessible, community space in the heart of the city, the Guildhall Studio will also play an important role in the Guildhall’s Participate programme, a series of activities and workshops to transform lives by inspiring, exciting and educating people through music, art and culture, providing a hub that can be used by all.

Patron of Portsmouth Guildhall and Lead Singer and Bassist of Level 42, Mark King, offered his support for the development saying, “Well done to Portsmouth Guildhall with this excellent initiative to restore a real gem. The Guildhall continues to be the focal point for the arts in Portsmouth and we need these spaces now more than ever.”

We need your help - please support our Studio Campaign!
It will cost £130,000 to transform the Studio Space with works set to take place in Summer 2018.

We have already secured £30,000 toward the project through our own income generation but we are seeking support from external bodies and corporate partners but we also need your help to make this happen!

£10 – will pay for x1 Square Metre of fabric that will be needed to create a ‘Black Box’ space

£25 – will pay for x1 Square Metre of Dance Floor

£50 – will pay for x1 Light Fitting

Please Make a Donation and be a part of this exciting project to support the future of music and emerging artists in Portsmouth!



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