Expressions of Support

Mike Kenny, Arts Barge Project Patron, playwright and York resident.

A successful society is one with a healthy arts life. It is how we communicate what it is to be human, to be alive. York is a vibrant city. It’s a city on a river, which hardly uses it. An arts barge is two very good ideas in one.”

Steve Brown, Managing Director of Make It York, York’s destination management organisation

“Small-scale but visionary, creative and ambitious projects like the Arts Barge offer us fantastic opportunity to expand York’s cultural offering. We’re proud to support passionate projects of excellence to grow and thrive in our city.”

Chris Bailey, Chair, York@Large, York’s Cultural Partnership organisation 

“As a community-focused arts venue, something that central York has not had for 15 years, the Arts Barge provides a remarkably cost-effective, fit for purpose space for individuals and groups to attend and participate in arts activities and workshops. The Arts Barge project has the skills and talent to programme and manage stimulating, diverse and entertaining events.

Rachael Maskell MP – Labour and Co-operative – York Central

“The Arts Barge is a fabulous community project, run by devoted and passionate volunteers. I really enjoyed the Riverside Festival this Summer at Tower Gardens, I fully support the aim of the Arts Barge Project to moor Selby Tony (the barge) in York to begin installing their vision of a unique venue and inclusive events to enhance York’s cultural space for residents, tourists and performers. Our community is stronger by having projects like the Arts Barge, working across generations to bring people together. A vibrant arts and cultural sector is great benefit to York’s economy, creating jobs, developing skills and attracting visitors and businesses.”

Dr Kate Giles, Acting Director Humanities Research Centre, Acting Associate Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities at The University of York.

The Arts Barge is an exciting and truly innovative project, which seeks to place community arts at the heart of the city. We warmly support the work that has already gone into securing the barge, and the ongoing work to raise funds for its restoration and sustainable presence as a performance venue. The Arts Barge offers an intimate yet accessible space, which will itself inspire new forms of creative thinking and practice, for the communities of the city, the University of York and visitors.

Marcus Romer, York Unesco City of Media Arts and Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre.

We wholeheartedly support the Arts Barge Project. An innovative city drives forward its growth and projects such as the Arts Barge Project promote this, as well as adding to York’s rich offer for tourists and visitors.”

Andrew Higson, Head of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

“The Arts Barge Project is a great initiative to re-establish a dedicated community arts venue in York. Its mission to engage local people in diverse ways across the arts, as audiences and participants, should ensure a significant improvement in the cultural environment of the city, and on behalf of the University of York’s Department of Theatre Film and Television, I am very happy lend our support.”

Denise Craghorne, Green Party Councillor, Guildhall Ward

It’s a brilliant grassroots project that involves large numbers of very talented local people, along with bucket-loads of hard work and dedication. It’s already a huge asset to local community arts through its excellent events, such as the Riverside Festival. There will be no limit to what can be achieved when the vision of a permanent community arts venue is realised!

Chris Steward, Group Leader, Conservatives, York

‘The Arts Barge is a unique and exciting venture which offers a great way to engage people from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds to enjoy a huge array of art. It should be supported in its efforts to create a social arts space for York.  

Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism

“I fully support the Arts Barge project and the bid to secure a city-centre mooring. It is an excellent example of a community arts project and I wish it every success in the future.”

Andy D’Agorne, Green Party Councillor, Fishergate Ward York
The Arts Barge Project is exactly the sort of unique initiative we need in York to engage our community in the Arts. It will provide inclusive entertainment and development opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, The Right Honourable , The Lord Mayor of York

” As the politician responsible for culture in York at the time, I supported the concept of the Arts Barge from the very beginning. I strongly believe in access to art for all and that participation in community art is an incredibly useful tool for engagement with citizens. The Arts Barge will add tremendous value to the cultural scene, especially along the river and just as importantly it will reach audiences more formal art venues don’t.”