The support of charitable trusts and foundations has for nearly fifty years enabled Brewery Arts 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.

Following the completion of our major capital investment – Our Digital Future – in early 2021, Brewery Arts will embark on a new chapter as the leading contemporary cultural hub for Cumbria with an artistic programme spanning music, performance, film culture and digital innovation. 

This new investment will ensure with can move forward with ambitious plans to become a regional centre for talent development in the post-digital age. With accessible and inclusive programmes such as Future Creatives and Future Pathfinders, we will give aspiring musicians, artists, designers and filmmakers, the industry-ready skills and professional support they need to help them forge successful careers in the creative and cultural industries.

Now embracing digital as well as more traditional approaches, our broad and accessible creative learning programme engages with over 1,000 adults and young people every year. We have also acquired a strong reputation for our innovative outreach work with young people, older people and adults with physical and learning disabilities.

The Brewery is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee. Less than 15% of our annual turnover of £2.6 million comes from Arts Council England and local authority grants. The rest is generated through ticket sales, course fees, an internal endowment fund, commercial revenue generated from our bars and catering, and last but not least, from fundraising.

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

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

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


  • Our Digital Future Major contributions from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, the Brewery Arts Centre Endowment Trust and others trusts and major donors have contributed over £190,000 towards this major capital project, which includes the refurbishment of two digital auditoria, the creation of a new digital hub/screening lounge centred on talent development, the refurbishment and digital upgrade of our other creative spaces and the installation of live streaming equipment. 
  • These generous contributions leveraged a further £680,000 of investment from Arts Council England, South Lakeland District Council, Kendal Town Council, two major donors and deliver a successful public appeal.


  • Emotional Warrior – Now in its second year this is a pilot project, funded by the Rayne Foundation and Cumbria County Council, focused on strengthening the emotional resilience of young people in their preparation for the transition from junior to secondary school. Project partners are St Thomas’s Primary School, Kendal Green and St Michael’s Primary School, Natland. 
  • Creative Connections Currently funded by Sir John Fisher Foundation provides a group of vulnerable adults at the Mill Lane Community Centre in Barrow with access to a range of creative learning opportunities.

For more information please contact Paul Singleton, Development Manager on 07984 296256 or e-mail

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