Last Tuesday and in line with current medical advice concerning the spread of Covid-19, Chapter closed for the foreseeable future.
This closure not only impacts our venue and our ability to offer a wide range of artistic activity for the public, it also reverberates across the many artists, freelancers, businesses and organisations who are based within our building. Chapter is also an important community hub where thousands of people each week gather, work and meet as well as being a safe place for many vulnerable people and an important home to those who might not otherwise have somewhere to socialise. Our closed doors affect each and every one and we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can re-open for the benefit of all.
We are proud to generate 82% of our own income with public subsidy representing just 18% of our turnover. This unique funding model usually plays to our strength however in these extraordinary and unprecedented times in which we find ourselves, it is now one of the principal threats to our future survival.
We are actively looking at the announcements made by the Chancellor, and talking to the Arts Council and Welsh Government, but at present the threat of total closure for the Chapter charity, the livelihoods of 110 full and part time staff and those of the artists and communities that we support, is a very real one.
We urgently need your help to ensure Chapter’s survival. Whilst closed and unable to trade, our losses are escalating quickly. We need to raise funds now to keep us viable as a charity beyond Covid-19 and to retain all our staff through this difficult time.
We are due to celebrate our 50th birthday in 2021. Let’s ensure we get there.