Otley Courthouse is a unique development, run by local people, in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period we transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique arts and resource centre for our community.
The building today is busy seven days a week. It's a place where people of all ages and abilities can try things out, see a film, catch an exhibition, watch a show, listen to good music, enjoy a performance by nationally and internationally renowned artists. It's somewhere which acts as a springboard for local people who want to change direction, start a new career, set up a community group or creative business, establish an arts event, have fun and discover more about their talents - or simply try volunteering.
Local groups come to rehearse, hold meetings and events and take the opportunity to work together in new ways. Local artists occupy studio and office spaces, and volunteers aged from 15-80+ support our small staff team by running reception, selling tickets, dealing with IT, distributing publicity, serving in the cafe and stewarding events.