This Is What We Do

An association of amateur and professional individuals and groups providing a forum for the arts in the London Borough of Barnet (An independent charity) (Registery Number 249276)
Link more than 100 or more societies in the Borough and the surrounding areas, offering support and publicising their many activities

'What's On' Listings
Are reported on this website, and published in the quarterly Barnet Arts Magazine.
Distribution includes members, libraries, Art Centres and schools in the Borough and the libraries in surrounding Boroughs.
Listings are divided into:- Centres - Theatre - Music - Visual Arts - Literature - History & Conservation - Poetry - Young People - Festivals

Art & Information
Exhibitions are periodically held in local shopping centres, at Brent Cross (Hendon), - The Spires - (Barnet) and The Broadwalk (Edgware)
Our Autumn Exhibition, is usually in The Spires Barnet

We regulary exhibit at Festivals and Carnivals throughout the year and the borough
These exhibitions combine paintings, prints and photography by local artists, and create an information point, presenting leaflets and information from member groups
Where possible we hope to assist in attracting new opportunities and audiences to our members
We link existing groups, and individuals not belonging to any group through our meetings and competitions

As an independent charity, we receive much of our income from membership subscriptions, societies (£30 a year) and interested individuals (£5 a year)
There is a very welcome sponsorship from The Art Club, based at The Triumph Press Edgware who supply 5000 copies of the Barnet Arts Magazine
Competitions and events also bring in much needed income
We do not receive any regular revenue from the Borough of Barnet, but receive occasional grants for special projects, either from the Borough, Trusts, or the National Lottery

BBAC's Executive Committee
The members represent the various art forms and the districts of this very large borough
The Annual General Meeting is usually held in June, along with regular meetings throughout the year
Borough Councillors and officers attend our regular meetings and assist on consultations and local arts related problems

Run by volunteers, many of whom are people with time to assist at the Art & Information Exhibitions or to run the various Competitions
(An input from younger age groups is always welcome)

Housing The Arts
This is very important, with audiences requiring comfortable seating and good sight lines, taking into account the new health and safety requirements, including easy access for the disabled
Many older halls and buildings gave up the struggle as the new regulations came into force. A survey showed a loss of over 50 venues, previously licensed for public performances, including six large cinemas, which have either been sold or converted into smaller more 'managable' areas
Even more buildings have been lost in recent years. New centres help to redress the balance, together with the more established such as, All Saints Arts Centres, Whetstone and at East Finchley

Available Halls (Many have upgraded their buildings)

Arts Depot
- North Finchley, A regional arts centre for North London and facilities for the local area of Finchley providing high quality - large performance, and exhibition space in an extensive area
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The Bull Theatre
- Barnet, It's central location offer gallery space and a crafts shop, with a large theatre - Dance Studio and Bar
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Trinity Church
- North Finchley, (now a major centre for local music)
Church House - Barnet has recently installed a lift
Finchley Methodist Church - Ballards Lane present theatre and music
East Finchley Methodist Church - Hold a monthly Sunday evening performance in aid of local charites
Chicken Shed- On the border of Enfield has a fine theatre building
The Incognito Theatre - Friern Barnet has a development plan under way
Phoenix Cinema East Finchley - Have recently upgraded its building
The Multi-Cultural Centre West Hendon - Offer space for many clubs and classes, as well as the newly opened 'Flash Musicals' theatre space in Edgware
Hartley Hall Mill Hill - Used for theatre and exhibition events
John Keble Church - Also in Mill Hill available for music and theatre programes
The Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute (A part of Henrietta Barnett School) is occasionally used for theatre events. (The Institute itself has moved to East Finchley and benefit from the more modern accommodation, including purpose built studios used for presentation of art and exhibitions)
Barnet College has had to re-adjust to a programme linked directly to formal training courses leading to final qualifications. (A number of these individual instructors are now registered with BBAC and currently advertise on this website and in Barnet Arts magazine)

Steering Groups
Provision of good accommodation for presentation of the arts is very important
Over the years BBAC has created or supported steering groups for 'The Bull Theatre' Barnet and 'Artsdepot' North Finchley
BBAC and The Bull Theatre jointly organise the Barnet High Street Christmas Fair on the first Sunday in December with music and dance performance in the High Street, The Spires, and Barnet Church, They promote children's shows at The Bull Theatre. The proceeds are allocated to the local charities
This allows the tradition to continue for the event, originated by McDonalds and The Spires