In these very uncertain times I want to begin by saying we hope that you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.
We have been overwhelmed by the many warm wishes you have sent us since we had to close our doors on 17 March. Your response has been amazing and we thank you so much for your generous donations and messages of support. It’s wonderful to hear how important Chapter is to you!
We’re sorry that we can’t offer you our usual dynamic programme of exhibitions, international and independent films, performance and learning activities, or give you a space to meet and chat with friends and colleagues in our café bar. Obviously, these are unprecedented times and keeping safe and well is vital.
We are working hard behind the scenes to provide some cultural inspiration digitally. We hope that, over the coming weeks, our website will become a hub of information and activity so that we can all stay connected through these difficult times. You can also follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Whilst we continue to bring you recommendations, art and information, we also face a real battle. We are a charity that raises more than 80% of our income through sales in our café bar, cinemas, theatres and through hire of our rehearsal and meeting rooms. With West End theatres now closed until at least 31 May, it looks likely that the same measures will apply to our arts centre and the wider creative sector in Wales.
Normally our low reliance on public subsidy plays to our strengths since we can be resilient against funding cuts. But these are not normal times and now the lion’s share of our income has ceased to come in.
To find out more about how you can Save Chapter and ensure that when we reopen we can do so with a vibrant and exciting programme to celebrate our 50th Birthday, please visit the link chapter.org/donations to make a contribution, or to donate £10 please text CHAPTER to 70191.
I can’t thank you enough for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you through our doors in the near future!
Andy Eagle, Chief Executive