Dorchester Arts Centre Want Rooms to be Accessible to All
9:36am 5th August 2014
(Updated 12:31pm 5th August 2014)
Fundraising is underway for an unusual but much needed facility at the Dorchester Arts Centre.
They need help to pay for 'acoustic clouds', to modify noise levels in their rooms for sensitive user groups. West Dorset Council has helped with £700, and the Dorchester Youth Theatre and Sculpture by the Lakes have already come forward to sponsor 2 clouds.
Artistic Director Mark Tattersall says: “The smaller of our two halls is a great space but the acoustics have always been a problem. These eco-friendly acoustic clouds will make such a difference, not only for Dorchester Arts events and smaller performances, but also for other groups who want to hire the hall. We recently had to turn down a booking from a stroke rehabilitation group because they would have had trouble hearing each other in the room. Once the clouds are installed the room really will be accessible to all.”
Dorchester Arts has been speaking with local felted wool manufacturer Woolly Shepherd in Taunton that specialises in producing acoustic clouds. Made entirely from sustainable materials and naturally fire retardant, they are currently the leading low-carbon acoustic absorption option on the market.
Dorchester Arts is looking to raise enough funds to buy 11 or more Acoustic Clouds. All sponsors names will be embroidered directly onto the clouds as mark of thanks from all at Dorchester Arts.
For more details about the appeal and how to get involved go to www.dorchesterarts.org.uk