The support of charitable trusts and foundations has over the last forty years allowed the Brewery to become embedded within its community – not only offering remarkable artistic experiences and learning opportunities – but impacting on the health and well being of residents and on the prosperity of the region.

The Brewery is a flagship arts venue for Cumbria, with a regional and national impact, drawing on the uniqueness of our location but inspired by the diversity of arts and culture from throughout the UK and beyond.  We confound expectations with the excellence of our artistic programmes that offers a balance of performances, exhibitions and events across the seven art forms.

We offer a broad and accessible creative learning programme that engages with over 1,000 adults and young people every year. We have acquired a strong reputation for our work with young people, which has expanded recently to include older people and adults with physical and learning disabilities.

The Brewery is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee. Only 13% of our annual turnover of £3 million comes from Arts Council England and local authority grants. The rest is generated though ticket sales, course fees, an internal endowment fund, commercial revenue generated from our bars and catering and fundraising.

Charitable trusts and foundations, large and small are vital in supporting us in four key areas of our work:

  • Creative learning and community outreach
  • Talent development
  • Artistic Innovation
  • Capital projects


To illustrate the kind of work generously supported by trusts and foundations here are a few recent examples.

Creative Learning and Community Outreach

  • Early Years Music Programme (funded by Youth Music and in partnership with Cumbria Music Hub, Barnardos and five local schools). Using early years music sessions to for those likely to underperform in transition from nursery to primary school .
  • The Interact Theatre Company project (funded by the Postcode Lottery Community Fund and Sir John Fisher Foundation). Additional support for this project is welcome.

Talent Development

  • Emerging Artists Scheme supports the development of emerging young creative talent, targeting graduates in the performing and visual arts. The visual arts work was funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Capital Projects

  • The Refurbishment of the Malt Room, lift and foyer supported by an anonymous trust, the Steel Charitable Trust and the Granada Foundation.

Projects in Development

  • Age UK South Lakes Project running pilot projects instilling new creative skills in older people including digital art, upholstery and music.
  • Emotional Warrior – currently in development and seeking funding from Raynes Foundation and/or Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the project seek to strengthen the emotional resilience of vulnerable young people in the transition from junior to secondary school for the Kendal Collaborative Partnership of Schools.


For more information please contact Paul Singleton, Development Officer (Fundraising) on 01539 – 722833 ext 255 or e-mail at

Partners & Supporters

Much of what we do would not be possible without the support of our funders, partners and supporters. We would like to thank them all for their contribution, which makes a real difference to the Brewery.

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Become a member

The new Brewery membership scheme offers fantastic benefits, including money off cinema tickets, priority booking for live events and even a discounted food bill at our popular Grainstore restaurant.

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Business Membership

The Business Club is dedicated to providing opportunities for local businesses to network and socialise. All profits are used to support our community arts programme for young people.

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