Blackfriars Arts Centre

Blackfriars Arts Centre is a theatre and community centre located in Boston, Lincolnshire, England built on the site of a mediaeval friary. The Blackfriars friary was formed some time during the 13th Century. The first written record is from 1288 when it was noted that the friary had been rebuilt after being destroyed by fire. In 1300 the friary housed a total of 29 friars. Blackfriars was closed during the reign of King Henry VIII after he separated from the Catholic church. The surviving building, which is believed to be the dining room, was converted into a theatre in 1965. Blackfriars is said to be haunted by a friar, who hides sharp objects left by theatregoers under the stage. In its heyday the arts centre proved a popular place for art classes including night classes in still life, life drawing, screen printing, photography needlework and photography. Including various residences and numerous outreach workers through the 1980s and 90s. Other groups which used the arts centre included, Boston Playgoers, Wyberton Theatrical Society, Boston Operatic, Strolling Players, BYTe (Boston Youth Theatre later adopted by Blackfriars to the evolve into their own BYTe), Boston Jazz Club, Boston Folk Club, Saturday dance classes, Boston Children's Theatre. Many of whom have found other locations within the town for rehearsals and meetings but still use the Arts Centre occasionally for performances and to host events. In more recent times the Arts Centre has seemed to rely more on receiving tribute bands and the occasional piece of community led arts/theatre. Nowadays, the building hosts very occasional exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes and activities. There are popular wall hung art exhibitions by such artists as the British contemporary artist Craig Kerrecoe, talks by well-known public figures such as Ann Widdecombe and a children's theatre festival to keep the kids busy over the holidays. The centre was also the birthplace of Stump Radio on 87.7fm during July/August 2006 and 2007 with help from nearby Spalding's Tulip Radio . The station serves Boston with local presenters, news and community events and has now moved on to new management as Endeavour FM and Endeavour Online The official web-site of the contemporary British artist Craig Kerrecoe

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