Calstock Arts was established in 2010 and is a not-for-profit arts venue. It is largely staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers. Initially set up as a Community Interest Company we converted to Charity status in 2015. Our programme is varied and includes folk, jazz and classical music, dance, films, talks, comedy, workshops and exhibitions.
Our home is The Old Chapel in Calstock. This was previously a Methodist chapel built in 1910 but completely refurbished by the previous owners, Peterloo Poets, in the late 1990s – a time when grants were more easily available than nowadays! We’re certainly grateful for this as it resulted in our iconic picture window that looks across the river Tamar to Devon and has visitors gasping in admiration. We have superb natural acoustics, which are greatly appreciated by both performers and audiences. The main auditorium seats 120.
We offer a variety of performances that include nationally recognised artists more often seen in much larger venues. We’re also proud of our record of showcasing local and younger performers. Around 60 events are put on each year and these are split fairly equally between ticketed and free entry. Most of the free entry events are part of our Gallery Bar Special series and all we request is a donation which goes directly to the performers.
New developments in 2016 include a series of Sunday Specials which have proved to be popular. In the pipeline is Calstock Film offering a mix of mainstream and other less well-known films.
In addition to events we also hire out our facilities for a range of uses. These include weddings (we have a civil wedding licence), meetings, receptions, parties, conferences, workshops and corporate events.
The recent development of the lower ground floor, below the auditorium, has created The Kelly Room – a multi-purpose space with a well-equipped kitchen.