Permanent Closure of The Bridge

Information about the permanent closure of The Bridge on 31st March 2024

The Bridge will close permanently on 31st March 2024

The following statement has been released to the Press today (31st October 2023):-

A recent meeting of the Board of Trustees of The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts (The Bridge) reviewed the current and projected financial and operational situation.

With great regret it was decided that The Bridge should close permanently on 31st March 2024.

The last few years have been challenging ones, as they have been for many charities. Even with financial support from various grants provided, the current income falls well short of the core costs of operating The Bridge. As a registered charity (1170869) the Trustees would be irresponsible to knowingly let the charity run into bankruptcy.

Bids to various bodies over the last few months had resulted in some small offers of financial support but these fell well short of the funds needed for the long term stability of The Bridge. We recognise that many funding bodies are receiving vastly increased requests at the moment and are not able to support all ventures. The Bridge is one of those that most felt unable to support.

In addition, there is a rapidly dwindling number of volunteers able to give the time and effort needed to keep The Bridge in operation. The few remaining were finding it an increasing burden and for a variety of understandable reasons are unable to increase that personal support.

As a result of these main factors it was clear that The Bridge was no longer sustainable and the decision to close was taken.

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Date posted: Tuesday 31st October 2023 Category: Announcements

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