Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre starts streaming live performances thanks to significant Arts Council England grant.
Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames has invested in state of the art cameras and streaming equipment thanks to a grant awarded from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Emergency Fund.
Since receiving the grant less than a month ago, the Riverhouse team have been busy installing thecameras and learning the essentials of streaming and will premiere the new offering on Friday 26th July with a live stream of “The Hard Way”, a one-woman show by musician and performer Louise Jordan.
Riverhouse have more live streams scheduled, including the play “Flesh” by John Foster on July 10th, performed by Cassandra Hodges (Silent Witness, The Crown, Dupris and Durrell), and a private outdoor concert by acclaimed folk musician Daria Kulesh on July 24th. From July 9th, they will bestreaming 6 chapters of Michael Mears’ (The English Game, Knightfall, Fleabag) show “This Evil Thing” which he self-filmed during lockdown in his flat.
More performances, including classical music, jazz and spoken word are in the pipeline. Emily Boulting, the Director of Riverhouse says…
“The impact of Covid-19 lockdown on the arts sector has been immense, and small community venues like Riverhouse have had to find how to deliver our programmes without physical contact. We started a YouTube channel in March, which has become the focus of alot of activity, with artists and performers creating and contributing content for us. We have been delighted with the engagement we see there, and the feedback made us confident that broadcasting and streaming is essential for our future success.”
Some of the ACE grant will also fund improvements to Riverhouse’s website to provide enhanced access to the exhibitions hosted in the Robert Phillips Gallery, which is currently hosting a virtual residency with artist Maria Walker.
The Centre’s Community Café recently re-opened for takeaway service. The Café focusses on sustainability by transforming surplus food from M&S into tasty treats and light meals.