“We’re improving all those spaces where people hang out. We’re going to upgrade audio in those spaces and put up digital screens so we can project and promote information about everything we have to offer. “Taking the seats out to allow us to programme regular, part-standing gigs means we can attract a totally different range of artists and give audiences a different experience. It will also mean greater capacity in the hall (up to 2,000 people) whilst still retaining that fantastic intimate vibe you get in Sage One.” Sage Gateshead was awarded £1.2 million in National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s capital programme to enable the full project to go ahead. This has been matched by generous donations of £800,000 from individuals and trusts from around the North East and across the country. The Arts Council’s capital funding is intended to support organisations to develop their buildings and facilities to help them produce and present outstanding work.
North East firm Aptus Fit Out has undertaken the refurbishment. The full design team has included architects Howarth Litchfield and quantity surveyors Artis Consulting. Sage Gateshead is open all year round and is free to visit, currently welcoming around 500,000 visitors a year. Abigail added: “Above all I hope that these improvements will mean more and more people want to use the building and connect with its work. I hope that a young person thinking about music might be inspired by what happens here.” For more information visit sagegateshead.com/stand-up
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