The award-winning Norwich Arts Centre has been a pivotal player in Norwich’s art scene for almost 40 years, and we’re looking forward to 40 more…
Housed within the walls of a 14th century church, the NAC has acted as a critical venue for artists who have gone on to take the world by storm: from the legendary likes of Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers and Oasis - it’s seen some truly memorable performances in its time. The NAC’s quality programme extends past music to encompass live art, exhibitions, theatre, dance, literature and comedy with other forerunners of their fields (Matt Lucas & David Walliams and John Cooper Clarke for example) having also finessed their skills at the venue.
After 40 years in action operating both as a nurturing local creative outlet, and receiving recognition on a national scale - we’re now at a stage where the Norwich Arts Centre are looking towards their future.
The much-loved venue is poised to unlock a £500,000 grant from Arts Council England, with which they plan to transform the venue’s accessibility and carbon footprint.
However, in order to receive the full amount, the NAC must raise £40,000. This is where the NACFORTY Scheme comes in…
The NAC has ambitious plans with the grant money, focusing on three main areas: Environmental, Accessibility and Audio and Visual which will ensure their operation well into the future. See below for further details:
The NAC truly is our Arts Centre, and if you’d like to help preserve it as such: get involved. There are a number of ways you can contribute:
You can donate directly to the Norwich Arts Centre, through their website -
Text NACFORTY, followed by the amount you’d like to donate (e.g. NACFORTY5) to 70085
When next booking a ticket for the wonderful programme of events they have on, you can add in a £1 donation which will go straight to the fund.
Photo: Grace Jackson
Words: Ellie White