COVID-19 is enforcing a little adaptation and some temporary (at least we hope so) novelty to proceedings. Please note that face coverings are now a requirement for all users of our building unless the task cannot be completed without one (e.g. eating; drinking; exercise). As I write this, we are in Lockdown #3, so we won't get to see many of you for a while but it's good to be aware that we expect many rules to still apply when we can return to some level of normality - at least in the short term. If you have any questions, please contact us using our contact page. For those still planning a comeback, please can I recommend reading the regularly updated government advice and the Riverside Risk Assessment (updated regularly)
COVID-19 has cost the Riverside Arts Centre around £20,000 by the end of 2020 and that figure is likely to increase by another £5-10,000 in early 2021. Although trying to reduce all expenditure whilst closed, it's impossible to remove all maintenance, insurance, and running costs. Run entirely by volunteers, the RAC typically runs just over costs so that it can provide a space for the arts and the community without breaking the bank. Any 'profit' is reinvested in its facilities to make it even better for our community. This year has caused us to break considerably into our reserves. Consequently, I have launched a “gofundme page“ which has had a great response so far (for which we are truly thankful). Any donation will help make an impact in keeping Riverside running in the way we've been used to and allow us to continue to serve our community. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us and we hope to see you at some point soon.
James Ford-Bannister , Chairman
57-59 Thames Street,