Seven is an independent arts space in Chapel Allerton, Leeds 7. 2017 w1ill be Seven’s 10th year. The space is small but versatile, providing a 100 seat venue for film, theatre, dance, music, words and comedy, together with an attractive and welcoming café bar.
The building of Seven Arts was the culmination of 10 years of effort by a group of local residents who first got together to find ways to improve community spirit through involvement in the arts. An exhibition of ideas and possibilities led to Chapel Allerton Arts Festival and the determination to create a place for arts activity.
We see Seven as having a pivotal role in linking the various cultures along the Leeds 7 corridor, hence the name. It is accessible to a wide range of people, through its good location, well thought-out physical design and varied artistic programme.
Seven is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. As a CIC, Seven sets out a social mission and provides an annual transparent account of how it delivers on this work. It is governed by a small board of Directors.
The building of Seven was supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
The aim is to deliver and enable high quality arts activity. The most basic function of the arts is to develop and inspire the individual; to engender curiosity and creative activity; to lift daily experience beyond the mundane. Our desire at Seven is to encourage the exchange of ideas and creativity between individuals and organisations.
This is Leeds, a city with the people and the ambition to build a thriving independent arts scene. Our aim is to showcase the best of local and regional talent and attract innovative work from further afield.
Seven is a genuinely independent artspace. It is not in receipt of core funding from Arts Council England or any public source and must therefore stand on its own feet.
Advance tickets for events at Seven are available online from TicketSource, which can be reached from the ‘Buy Tickets’ link on Seven’s website. Tickets are also always available on the door, where not sold out in advance.
Seven does not have its own Box Office, so cannot take bookings or reservations by phone. Seven is a very small organisation with no staff to manage a Box Office. By not having a Box Office we are able to keep ticket prices for high quality shows much lower than at larger theatres and venues.
Buying tickets through TicketSource involves a 10% booking fee. This sum goes to TicketSource for managing an efficient booking system. For Seven to develop its own Box Office system would involve great expense resulting in much higher ticket prices. Purchasing tickets on the door involves no booking fee.
Tickets for less formal, regular events such as Screen Seven, The Cafés, Seven Live are available on the door only. Just check the programme or website.
If you have any particular difficulties regarding an advance booking please email Seven at email@example.com with details of the problem.
Vacancies at Seven
We’re always on the lookout for experienced and enthusiastic people to join our bar and kitchen teams, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV if you think you’ve got what it takes!
Small Venues Network (SVN)
The Small Venues Network is an informal consortium of 12 smaller arts venues in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire that has been active for over three years.
Member venues are:
• Junction, Goole
• The Civic, Barnsley
• Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
• The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
• Square Chapel, Halifax
• The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber
• The Courthouse, Otley
• Helmsley Arts Centre
• Selby Town Hall
• Pocklington Arts Centre
• Seven, Leeds
We come together to share ideas, experience and knowledge for the benefit of all venues in the network. The member venues range considerably in size, technical capacity and funding status – some are NPOs, others receive little or no public subsidy.
Member venues are unified in their vision to programme the highest quality national and international touring performance and support, nurture and retain a diverse range of world class artists and companies within our region. In 2015 SVN commissioned a new piece of small scale performance – 154 Collective : Cardboard Joe – that was presented in all 11 venues in autumn 2016.