STRATFORD ArtsHouse will remain a focal point for the community.
That is the promise of Stratford Town Trust, which owns the Rother Street venue, and Stratford ArtsHouse Trust, which has been running it. This afternoon they issued a joint statement which reads:
“The recent announcement that the current funding agreement for the ArtsHouse Trust is not being
renewed has led to widespread debate as to how the ArtsHouse venue can best be used. However,
what we can confirm is that the ArtsHouse Trust and the Town Trust are united in the venue
continuing to be a focal point for the community.
“Stratford Town Trust and Stratford ArtsHouse Trust are committed to working together to find a
solution for the ArtsHouse that is both community orientated and financially viable. Our joint vision
is to explore the possibilities for user partnerships to form, whilst maintaining a dynamic, flexible
and sustainable approach to the venue that reflects the ever changing community requirements.
“The recent public support for the future of the ArtsHouse proves that its unique and adaptable
auditorium space is regarded as a valued asset by the local community, that has yet to realise its full
“Stratford Town Trust has invited the community to propose viable solutions to secure the future of
the ArtsHouse as a venue. The ArtsHouse Trust wants to support users and those supporting the
venue to develop a proposal that will see a vibrant future for the ArtsHouse as an arts and
community venue whilst ensuring that future use can create a sustainable impact across the broader
“All interested parties can contact either the Town Trust or the ArtsHouse Trust to initiate
conversations about potential future usage of an amazing community asset.”