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Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre: 20th Anniversary

1 January 2020

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre celebrates its 20th Anniversary! 

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre: 20th Anniversary


2020 brings the 20th anniversary of the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre’s opening, a milestone that we thoroughly wish to celebrate. It’s a time to remember all of the excellent work that has happened over the past 20 years, as well as looking to the future and our hopes for the next 20 years.

With this in mind, we are launching 20 for 20: a celebration of 20 different events throughout 2020 that have been chosen to represent all of the work Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre has done over the past 20 years. Obviously this is no easy task and working with so many fantastic professional, community and educational organisations each year means choosing just 20 events is incredibly difficult! Needless to say we could have picked a completely different list but ultimately we hope that the shows and events chosen provide a rounded representation of all we do and have done. Across the page are the first seven events, all of which fall in Jan-Apr 2020, with some information on the aspect of our work and ethos that they represent.

We hope you’ll join us throughout the year in celebrating our 20th birthday as well as helping us with plans for our next 20 years. Our mission, to be a centre of excellence in the Performing Arts in education, is ongoing and we face challenges similar to other theatres and arts centres. Therefore our 20 for 20 celebrations will also signal the launch of new fundraising campaigns as we aim to undertake much needed renovations and improvements to the arts centre as well as developing a more sustainable, environmentally friendly venue.

Thank you to all - past, present and future – who have supported the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre; we are indebted and ever grateful to our staff and volunteers who give so much to the venue, and to our audiences who continue to support us. We very much look forward to the 20th Anniversary Celebrations and welcoming you in 2020.


Andy Pulleyn, Centre Director



Are you a local business who would like to support Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre and its 20 for 20 celebrations? We have fantastic sponsorship opportunities for businesses to show their support for an arts centre that engages with all parts of the local community. 

Email [email protected] or call 01823 414143 to talk about how we can work together.

20 for 20 Events

1. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre 20th Anniversary Exhibition – Jan-Apr 2020

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre supports visual arts in Somerset by providing exhibition space for artists all year round. Exhibitors range from local professional artists, community arts groups, and local schools. This special exhibition will celebrate the 20th anniversary exploring the history of the venue.


2. Valentine’s Cream Tea – Wed 5 Feb

Identifying and serving different community groups is important to TMAC. We want all members of the community to feel welcome and part of the venue. This annual, free event for local care home residents represents the smaller types of events we hold throughout the year to provide for the different needs of our community.

3. Peace Child 2020 Concerts – Tue 25 Feb

Our special relationship with Heathfield Community School is the key element in delivering our shared vision of being ‘a centre of excellence in the Performing Arts in education’. The Heathfield Music department holds concerts throughout the year at TMAC creating enriching experiences for their students. This year they perform a special concert that brings together primary schools, Heathfield choirs and an adult orchestra to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Peace Child. It celebrates a show that started the relationship between the school and Kathleen Tacchi-Morris, and which ultimately led to the building of this arts centre.


4. Dead Good by Vamos Theatre – Fri 28 Feb

Programming theatre that meets the needs of audiences with different access requirements is a high priority for TMAC. Highly acclaimed, full mask-company Vamos Theatre return to TMAC for the fifth time with their new show Dead Good which is accessible to deaf audiences without a signer. This show represents the continuing relationships we have with companies such as Vamos and Frozen Light, a company who make shows for people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), and our commitment to access for all.


5. The Page is Printed Celebration Evening – Sat 21 Mar

Providing opportunities for local writers and promoting new writing is a passion for TMAC. The Page is Printed is an annual writing competition we have held since 2011. The celebration evening announces the winners and, more importantly, provides an opportunity for entrants to share their writing with a supportive, enthused audience.


6. Pete Firman & The Amazing TBC – Fri 27 Mar

Our professional touring programme aims to give audiences the opportunity to see shows by the best performers touring around the UK. Pete Firman comes to TMAC for the fourth time with his new show. Always delighting audiences with his special blend of comedy and magic, he represents the top quality comedy we aim to programme each year.

7. Ballet Theatre UK | Giselle - 4 Apr, Sense & Sensibility - 28 Jun, A Christmas Carol – 10 & 11 Dec

Kathleen Tacchi-Morris was a dancer and promoting dance of all kinds is a key priority for TMAC. Ballet Theatre UK bring their high-quality productions to TMAC numerous times each year and perform to sell-out audiences. Their shows represent our continuing commitment to dance and belief in the power of movement to communicate with us in ways words sometimes can’t.