Chapter celebrates significant donation from David Seligman

Posted on: 10 Dec 2015

Chapter is delighted to announce that the main Theatre and Stiwdio space at Chapter will be renamed as of Tuesday 8 December, to celebrate a significant donation from David Seligman. The spaces will be known as Theatr Seligman Theatre and Stiwdio Seligman.

Generous philanthropic financial support from Philippa and David Seligman has helped many of Cardiff's arts organisations and it is now the turn of Chapter to benefit.  David attended Canton High School as a child and whilst that school has since closed the original buildings now form the shell of Chapter Arts Centre.  Chapter was established in 1971 by 6 artists and in the early years David served on the Chapter board whilst also a city councillor. He has watched with great pride and interest how Chapter has evolved into a creative powerhouse for the city and Wales.

Since 1971 Chapter has grown into a charity with a turnover of nearly £4.5 million employing 120 people.  It is home to 32 creative industries arts companies including Bafta Cymru, Theatr Iolo and Cheeky Monkey Films which means that close to 300 people directly work out of Chapter.  It welcomes 800,000 visitors annually and presents a board programme of cinema, theatre, dance, visual and performance art.

To celebrate this new relationship and timely donation a private reception will be held on Tuesday 8 December at 6pm to officially announce the renaming of the spaces.  Those present will include Dai Smith, Chairman of ACW and Elin Wyn, Chair of Chapter who will both speak about the future importance of philanthropy in supporting the arts infrastructure and artists of Wales.

Andy Eagle, Chapter’s Chief Executive says of this donation:

“We are enormously grateful to David for this extremely generous donation.  Forthcoming austerity will be challenging for the arts in Wales and philanthropy on this scale will secure Chapter's invaluable support for artists, its education work, production and presentation for the foreseeable future.  Without Chapter's dynamic arts  and education programme, Cardiff would be a lesser city and our quality of life all the poorer”

David Seligman said:

“I have long been impressed by Chapter, which is an inspirational Arts Centre. The performing arts have always been important to me and my late wife, Philippa. In these times of cuts in funding by public bodies, I am delighted to support Chapter’s theatre spaces. I urge other individuals and organisations, who are in a position to do so, to support the Arts through philanthropic donations.” 

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