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Vault Artist Studios

  • Recently registered information

  • This charity has been recently registered - it does not need to update its information until 10 months after its first financial period ends.

Charity no. 106675 Company no. 643892 Date registered. 03/08/2017

Public benefits

The benefits that arise from Purpose (1) include the opportunity for artists and craftspeople (including painters, printmakers, musicians, photographers, sculptors, craftspeople, writers and community arts practitioners) to create artwork and develop their professional art practice so that they may become self sustaining. Other benefits that flow

from Purpose (1) include increased public awareness of the arts, to stimulate and educate public interest in the Arts for the benefit of the community and enables the population to enhance their quality of life through participation/ engagement in culture, arts and leisure activities. The benefits that flow from Purpose (2) include, but are not limited to increased employment opportunities and skills development for studio holders, and enhanced community cohesion. These benefits of Purpose (1) will be demonstrated through monitoring of artist career progression. Records are kept of all exhibitions and events, feedback is collated on social media platforms and audience numbers are monitored. These benefits of Purpose (2) could be demonstrated by records kept of the preservation work and improvements made to the building and any regenerative impact it has on neighbouring properties. There is no harm arising from any of our purposes. The charity’s beneficiaries of Purposes (1) and (2) are artists at an early stage of their career. There is no discrimination in the allocation of studio space, or exhibition opportunities., both of which are open for all artists irrespective of age, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, whether they have/have not any dependents, sexual orientation, marital status or race. Other beneficiaries of Purposes (1) and (2) are members of the general public who attend our free exhibitions and events. The only private benefits flowing from Purpose (1) are that a Trustee can avail of studio space but this is necessary as studio members must be represented as Trustees and is incidental as Trustees apply for and are assigned studio space in the same way as all other beneficiaries. A Trustee can also exhibit their own artwork or hold an event as part of the public programme but this is incidental as Trustees are subjected to the same application and selection process as all other beneficiaries. In relation to Purpose (2), it could be said that there is some incidental benefit to the owners of the building to whom we may pay rent or keep the building maintained but this is a necessary byproduct of our activities being carried out. It could also be said that there is some incidental benefit to local businesses where an increase in profits to local businesses may result from local regeneration, but is a necessary byproduct of activities being carried out.

What your organisation does

Purposes (1) and (2) are realised through offering affordable studio, office and workspaces, facilities, advice and support to emerging artists in necessitous circumstances and through offering an annual programme of arts workshops, seminars, participation in arts festivals, open studio engagement events, and exhibitions. The facilities are also

made available for use by local community groups and organisations.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science

Who the charity helps

  • General public

How the charity works

  • Arts
  • Community development
  • Cultural

Charitable purposes

The Charity’s objects (“Objects”) are to:- (1) Promote arts and creativity to the general public in the Greater Belfast area and its environs (the “area of benefit”) by: (a) establishing and maintaining one or more Arts Centres that will provide affordable studio, office and work space for artists and craftspeople on terms appropriate to their means, enabling direct engagement with other artists, craftspeople and the public in a studio or workspace setting; (b) promoting, organising and delivering events which improve public access to, and participation in, arts and crafts; (c) organising workshops and seminars and enabling the use of facilities by community groups and organisations; (d) encouraging interest in, raising awareness of and fostering the development of creative/experimental projects; (e) encouraging and fostering a view of the arts as a medium of information, expression and advancement. (2) Promote community development and the regeneration of local areas by occupying formerly empty premises/buildings and, where appropriate, preserving, maintaining and improving such facilities.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name


  • 7 Trustees
  • N/A Employees
  • N/A Volunteers

Contact details

  • Tel: 07968120508

Public address

  • Mr Robert Dudley Charles Hilken, 25 Victoria Road, Sydenham, Belfast, BT4 1QU

Trustee board

Trustee
Mr Robert Dudley Charles Hilken
Mr Adam David Turkington
Dr Robin Michael Price
Esther Kelly
Dr Andrew Benjamin Bolster
Ms Gemma Mae Halligan
Ms Laura Nelson

List of regions

  • Belfast City Council