Manchester’s Contact theatre has launched the final phase of its fundraising campaign after raising more than £6m of its £6.65m target.
First established in 1972, the Oxford Road site last underwent major works in 1999. Now it needs to expand to cope with the growing demand from young participants and audiences.
Upon completion in the summer of 2019, Contact will comprise new and improved performance spaces. It will also have a purpose-built recording studio for young people’s music projects. An arts and health development space are also planned. New offices for artists and cultural organisations to hire and a new café/bar are also included.
The organisation has relocated to the Millennium Powerhouse in Moss Side for the duration of 2018.
In a bid to secure the final cash injection needed to complete work on the project, the latest £500,000 fundraising effort has been instigated. At the heart of the bid is Con:Struct; a dedicated team of 13 to 30-year-olds leading the project.
They have attended more than 50 meetings and sessions since June 2016, initially having appointed architect Sheppard Robson. Since then they have been involved in procuring F Parkinson as the official contractor, as well as interviewing and appointing the caterers, consulting on its fundraising policy, interior design choices and signage strategy.
Matt Fenton, chief executive and artistic director at Contact, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the generous support we have received so far to get this project up and running, with our contractors now on site.
“To have raised more than £6m in the last 18 months is testament to how much people value what Contact does with and for the young people of Greater Manchester, the kinds of radical new performance we produce with them, and the many communities we reach.
“However, our challenge now is to raise the final £500,000 to finish the job, and to do that we need people who care about what we do to support our campaign now.”
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