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Ropetackle appoints first full-time director following 10 year success.

Phil Jackson Blog Shoreham Ropetackle

Ropetackle Arts Centre has appointed its first full time director.

The appointment comes after the venue celebrated its tenth anniversary in April. Until now the centre has operated with a team of volunteers and unpaid trustees in senior management roles. However, with the venue’s success growing, it was felt necessary to recruit an experienced professional to take the helm – a move supported and funded by Arts Council England and Adur District Council.

The new director, Phil Jackson, brings to Ropetackle a wealth of experience having worked for many years in the music industry in a wide range of management roles. He has also worked extensively in radio, notably as producer and presenter of BBC Introducing South – BBC Sussex and Surrey’s specialist new music programme.

Current director and trustee Anne Hodgson, who has led the development of Ropetackle’s renowned artistic programme, said: “I am delighted with Phil’s appointment, particularly as we have worked with him over several years, notably his leading role in organising our hugely successful South Coast Jazz Festival.”

Introducing Phil, Ropetackle chairman Martin Allen paid tribute to Anne, describing her as the key figure in establishing Ropetackle as a genuine community venue with an exceptional artistic programme. Says Martin: “Her extraordinary commitment and warmth has been central to Ropetackle’s ethos, recognised by audiences and performers as friendly, professional and inviting. She will be a hard act for Phil to follow!”

Phil said: “I’m incredibly excited and honoured to take Ropetackle into its next decade as director. This small but perfectly formed venue has consistently punched above its weight in delivering high calibre arts to the region, as well as establishing itself as a cultural cornerstone of the community and an exemplary model of social responsibility. Working with the entire Ropetackle family, my aim is to build on these already considerable achievements to ensure that great art – in all its forms – will continue to flow and flourish in Shoreham, Adur and Sussex.”

The venue will continue to operate with its team of 60 volunteers and three employed staff.

  •   Fabulous friendly award winning venue run almost entirely by volunteers. Films.,bands, recitals talks you name it you can experience it here. Lovely cafe and bar and fab staff.

    Sula062014
    8/08/2019
  •   Just returned from our first visit to this place to see a band. The refreshment prices were good for a venue, half the price of places like the o2 or... read more

    Marc H
    10/14/2019
  •   A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

    chris b
    7/28/2019
  •   A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

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    7/28/2019
  •   We have been to the panto at the Ropetackle several times and this year it was as good, if not better than ever. It had all the ingredients we... read more

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    12/29/2019
  •   Recently saw the South Coast Soul Review at Ropetackle and enjoyed a really good live band. Always a nice atmosphere and you can enjoy a drink inside the performance... read more

    Josie C
    7/15/2019
  •   Have been to several shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Plenty of variety for all tastes. It is great that you can sit in the comfort of a table and chair... read more

    Arnicaqueen
    10/10/2019
  •   Recently moved to Shoreham, and it’s lovely to have an arts centre. There are lots of activities and the cafe provides a friendly central hub. We have attended several... read more

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    7/28/2020
  •   Lovely little place for a relax and chill in a morning! Coffee cake and a magazine. Meeting friends and family - or just a little working morning on my own!

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    1/19/2020
  •   Attracts great diverse acts from nostalgic 1970s acts to new local talent as well as great comedy. Bar and informal restaurant there as well with good ale and appetising home... read more

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    8/18/2019
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