The Ropewalk announces record visitor numbers for 2013
The regionally acclaimed Barton upon Humber arts centre, The Ropewalk, has just announced a significant increase in numbers during 2013.
The Maltkiln Road arts venue, which first opened in April 2000, has recorded best ever figures, The Ropewalk’s Managing Director, Liz Bennet has revealed.
“Since 2008 our figures have hovered either just under or just over the 40,000 mark,” she said. “Last year, 2012, we recorded our second highest visitor numbers at 42,670 and last year’s numbers have surpassed that.”
“During 2013 we welcomed a total of 78,412 visitors to our centre, an increase of just over 83 per cent on the previous years’ figures”
“During the past year we have continued to strive to make The Ropewalk and Ropery Hall accessible to all whether be it with the exhibitions held in our galleries, day workshops, crafts on sale in the Craft Gallery, the Ropery Coffee Shop or the events put on in Ropery Hall,” she went on.
“We are constantly looking at new opportunities to develop our exhibitions as well as build on our arts projects with the local community including school workshops.
Liz added that this year could be a pivotal one for The Ropewalk as funding was sought for the Ropery Hall expansion which received planning permission for in August last year.
“If this expansion comes to fruition there will be even more facilities for patrons at the northern end of the building which will all enhance The Ropewalk experience,” she continued.
The Ropewalk is open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays between 10am to 4pm. Admission is free in all the galleries while at Ropery Hall there is a diverse programme of events ranging from music and theatre to comedy and film.