Friends Capital Fundraising Campaign

Help us Build the Barn!

For almost 25 years the Barn has grown and improved with the help of valued friends and supporters such as yourself. Thanks to the efforts of the community, we have grown to become the largest arts centre in Aberdeenshire and nationally recognised as a cultural community development success.  We are proud to  have brought home a few national Awards to Banchory in that time too!

This year we are entering a new and ambitious phase of our Charity’s development, as we look to maximise the potential of our special building, whilst growing our future financial sustainability at the same time. With funding being tight in the arts sector, we are aiming to become less reliant on grants and public funding and more able to generate funds for ourselves from our core activities, helping us to survive into the future.

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In order to do this, we need to improve the Barn to better meet the needs of visitors and creative artists with whom we work. After significant public consultation, we have developed plans for a new reception area and foyer to better accommodate audiences at sell-out shows and private hires, and to redevelop our adjoining storage sheds to create a new bespoke craft workshop/shop area to support more artists and creative businesses to work on-site, share skills and sell their products. These improvements will help the Barn increase its profile as a tourist destination, attract new visitors and contribute to Deeside’s year-round cultural offer.

To realise our ambitious plans we need to raise a total of £340,000. We have applied for European funding for the larger capital works, but are appealing directly to Friends of the Barn to raise £10,000 to specifically support the conversion of the Barn sheds into the new creative workshop space, which we aim to have open and in use by Summer 2019. 

Pop Up Retail Craft Workshop

Artist's impression of the project


As a close Friend of the Barn we are asking if you will donate in any way you can to help us fund our ambitious plans to build the Barn’s future. 

Your kind and generous support will of course be honoured. Your name will be displayed in the Barn foyer and on a dedicated Supporters page on our website and you will receive a personal invitation to our launch reception in 2019. For Friends willing to donate £500 and over we will also gift you an exclusive crafts item especially commissioned by the Barn.

You can use the donation form at the bottom of the page to make a contribution, or alternatively, just click on the donate button.

Every donation makes a real difference and we thank you as always for your continued support.

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