Updated 8 April 2020
In line with current government advice, Chapter temporarily closed its doors on 17 March.
We’ve never shut our building in this way before. Even when we were busy with our huge capital expansion we carried on commissioning and presenting art and performance, we continued to serve our loyal customers from a pop-up café bar and we screened international and independent films in cinemas that had to be accessed down makeshift corridors.
It was so difficult to turn the key, but it was the right decision to help safeguard the health of our staff, customers, artists and volunteers.
When we locked up, we had to freeze any plans for our future programme. This has had a massive impact on each and every one of the artists, performers and companies that we were working with.
Our studio tenants are also greatly affected. For some, their business relies on accessing specialist equipment on site so our closure means that they’re no longer able to operate. Others have changed their working practices but for many their livelihoods are now at stake.
Before the lockdown we were proud to welcome more than 700,000 people to Chapter each year. We are an important community hub where people gather, work and meet. We’re a safe place for many vulnerable people, and an important home to those who might not have anywhere else to go.
We are working hard behind the scenes to try to limit the impact on all of our Chapter community. We are also continuing to bring you programme activity and lockdown recommendations from our friends and colleagues in the sector.
You can also sign up to our e-list.
We will, of course, continue to monitor government and WHO advice on a daily basis. We hope to be able to open our doors once again but to do this we all need your help and support. We know that these are difficult and uncertain times for everyone but every donation will help towards ensuring that we are once again the beating heart of the creative community in Cardiff.
To donate please visit chapter.org/donations or text CHAPTER to 70191 to give £10
All current ticket holders - Please do not contact box office
We are currently operating on a very reduced staff team so please do not contact box office.
If you have a ticket or tickets for a planned performance or screening, we will be in touch with you by email to arrange a credit note or refund. Please be patient with us, we are working as quickly as possible to contact everyone.
If you can, please consider donating the cost of you pre-booked ticket to our fundraising campaign. With our doors closed, our ability to generate income has come to an abrupt standstill. We really want to open our doors again in the future and your donation could make all the difference.
Help protect and secure the future of Chapter
Our closure has placed us in a very precarious financial situation. We are reliant on the income generated through tickets sales, memberships, donations, room hire and the café bar to support our artistic programme and the livelihoods of the artists, organisations and creative communities that we work with each and every day. As a registered charity, we really need your help to secure the future of our arts centre and all the work that we do.
Please consider making a donation. You can donate online or text CHAPTER to 70191 to give £10
At a time like this, we believe that culture, creativity and community are more important than ever. The arts can offer new ways of connecting with each other - and we’re working hard behind the scenes to make sure that we continue to bring you news, opportunities and ways to engage through our social media and online channels. To stay in touch please refer to our website, join our e-list or follow us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).
We are determined to open our doors as soon as it’s safe to do so and we look forward to welcoming everyone back in to our building. In the meantime, we hope that you all stay safe and look after each other. Thank you for your understanding and your support at this challenging time.