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The Studio Marks 25th Anniversary with New Board of Trustees

Hartlepool's beloved Arts and Music venue, The Studio, is marking a momentous milestone as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this achievement, the venue has announced the appointment of a new board of trustees who are set to lead the charity into the future.

Leading the board as Chairman is Brian Barnes, who has been volunteering at The Studio for eight years and also holds volunteer positions with Hartlepool Youth Services. Brian expressed his excitement about the new trustees, stating: "I'm thrilled to be joined by a team of professionals who share a passion for music and the arts, and are committed to supporting local talent. The Studio has been an integral part of the Hartlepool community for 25 years and we’d like to thank past trustees for their support over the years. I'm proud to be a part of its legacy."

Joining Brian on the board are James Hewitson, Tony Armstrong, and Karen Martin, all of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. The new trustees are expected to build on The Studio's success by continuing to provide a platform for local musicians and artists to showcase their talent.

With the appointment of the new trustees, The Studio is poised to embark on its next chapter with renewed energy and enthusiasm. The venue has already cemented its place as a vital hub for the local arts community, and the new board is set to ensure that it continues to thrive for years to come.

The team recognises that volunteers are essential to its continued success and is always looking for enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about music and the arts to join its team. In a statement, the venue emphasised the importance of volunteers, stating: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Studio, and we are grateful for their invaluable contribution to our events and community."

To further support the community, The Studio is offering training and support to volunteers, helping them to gain valuable skills that can assist them in securing paid employment. The venue is committed to empowering individuals, and volunteering at The Studio is an excellent way for people to gain experience in the arts and music industry.

Anyone interested in volunteering at The Studio is encouraged to get in touch by emailing their details to The venue welcomes people from all backgrounds and experiences and values the unique perspective that each volunteer brings.


l-r: James Hewitson, Tony Armstrong, Brian Barnes, Karen Martin

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