We’re a community project of arts enthusiasts, artists and performers who want to create a unique venue for the arts in York – The Arts Barge.
The Arts Barge will be a space for everyone- we believe that the arts are important for the whole community to enjoy and we aim to build a venue where you’ll feel equally at home and welcome whether you’re an artist who’s performing, you just want to enjoy a coffee while you soak up the atmosphere or you’ve bought a ticket for a gig or event.
We bought the local ex-cargo barge Selby Tony in 2012 and we’ve done repair work on the hull so she’s ship-shape. She arrived in York in March 2016 to our temporary mooring in the Foss Basin. It’s great to have her here!
We were granted planning permission in 2017 to moor her permanently in York City Centre, fully converted for use. We are now in the process of raising the rest of the money needed to renovate and convert her to a fabulous fully accessible arts venue.
We’re a not-for-profit company (limited by guarantee) with a formal Asset Lock. There are 3 Directors, an advisory board and 2 core volunteers working at the centre of the project who keep the thing rolling (see Skippers) plus a wider group of volunteers, professional and semi-professional helpers and artists who work with us on gigs and events to promote what we’re trying to do. We want to make sure that the whole community feels part of our project and we are keen to make sure that our programme of events on the barge will be created with the help of a wide group of people. (Click here to see how we plan to do that).
There’ll be space for around 150 people in the barge on 2 different levels: the lower auditorium with cafe/bar, and the outer top deck. We’re fundraising constantly and you can help with a donation here – thanks!