Refurbishing Spaces for Artists
The Old Courts is much more than just a venue – We are passionate supporting artists who need somewhere to practice, build audiences and confidence. To achieve this goal, we refurbish unused rooms to offer as much space as we can.
What is The Holding Cell?
The Holding Cell is a former storage room that we have transformed into a performance space for artists to use. This gives performance artists accessible space free of charge so that they can build up regular participants and build their brand next to the popular Bailiff Bar. The Old Courts manages all ticket sales on behalf of the artist, with artists getting all ticket money and The Old Courts taking nothing except any drink sales.
How does this refurbishment help artists?
The Old Courts promote the artist’s workshop event and practice via social media platforms, including Facebook (12,031 likes, 12,219 followers), Twitter (3,836 followers), Instagram (3,030 followers), in printed media and our own website, ensuring that a wide range of the community know about it. We also set up an event portal on Eventbrite, enabling tickets to be sold for the workshop, which means that the workshops showed up on Eventbrite listings, meaning a potential wider audience than the local community. This sort of reach is usually completely unavailable for artists in Wigan, free of charge. By adapting free spaces in our building, The Old Courts ensures that performance artists are always supported as they attempt to find their place within the cultural industry