ROAR has been supporting emerging and professional artists living or working in Rotherham since 2005, and is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by the Arts Council.
ROAR is run by a group of passionate people who believe that art is transformative and integral to the human experience. We believe that we can help the regeneration of Rotherham by supporting the local creative sector in its professional development and rising ambitions, whilst also embedding the arts in the social & economic environment, enabling the sector to thrive and creative practitioners to earn a living.
Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) is a small organisation with four members of staff and two freelancers, including Eunice Whitaker our Art Therapist:
We operate a premises on Westgate in Rotherham town centre which provides 7 individual artist studios, is the home for Open Minds Theatre Company and forms the central hub of the organisation.
We are an infrastructure membership organisation, and registered ‘not for profit’ company limited by guarantee (no 0580119). You can see our diverse members and there work on our artist page here
We currently have 7 voluntary Directors representing a plethora of different art forms and identified business skills:
- Mark Fell: Multidisciplinary Artist
- Deborah Bullivant: Founder of Grimm & Co, children’s literacy project
- Alka Walton: Marketing, Media and E-Communications Officer at Rotherham Borough Council
- Nick Bax: Designer, Artist, Lecturer and founder of Human.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our board please do contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) We are also looking for a Treasurer, so if you feel you have the right set of skills to fulfil that position please get in touch!
A bit of context about Rotherham…
Rotherham is one of four metropolitan boroughs in South Yorkshire, covering an area of 118 square miles with a population of 258,400 (2012).
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough is a diverse and vibrant blend of people, cultures and communities. There is a mix of urban areas, suburbs and rural villages, interspersed with large areas of open countryside. About 70% of the Borough’s land area is rural, but Rotherham is well connected to all areas of the country by its proximity to the motorway and rail networks.