The Sub Rooms is a hub, Stroud’s home for creativity and joy.
It is a place for all people at all stages of their lives. It is a unique venue providing an innovative programme of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, spoken word, exhibitions and workshops. It is a vibrant public space that enables everyone to come together to form a community .
We provide an enhanced and varied programme of arts events and experiences that take place in a community focused accessible venue with well-appointed flexible performance spaces and welcoming bar and cafe facilities.
The Subscription Rooms were originally built by public subscription and sit physically and culturally at the heart of the town. Maintaining and acknowledging this sense of community ownership is key to our success – and we invite everyone to come and be part of our journey.
Volunteer at The Sub Rooms
Under new management
It is with delight that we announce that from 28 March 2019, The Sub Rooms will be managed by The Subscription Rooms Trust who will lease the building from Stroud Town Council.
The Trust will reinvigorate The Subscription Rooms as a community venue at the centre of the vibrant local arts and cultural scene, while safeguarding its status as an iconic building intertwined with the lives of the town’s residents.
Why are we important?
The Sub Rooms is important for very many reasons. Not only were we originally built by public subscription (donations) but we actually change and improve people’s lives on a daily basis. Here are some of the reasons why we think we are important:
The Sub Rooms is important because we offer a community venue at the centre of the vibrant local arts and cultural scene. We broaden the arts, culture and leisure offering beyond The Sub Rooms so that art, culture and leisure become intertwined with the lives of the community we serve.
Through partnerships with other organisations, we:
- Diversify the local economy and community
- Boost visitor economy
- Promote local pride and community ownership
- Develop skills and creative employment opportunities
We belong to everybody
We embrace people’s existing creativity and encourage them to build on it for the greater good the communities they live in.
We ensure that people from every back ground are welcome at The Sub Rooms and are encouraged to deepen their relationship with arts and culture.
We offer opportunities
We create formal opportunities for skills and career progression in the creative industries through partnership with local arts colleges and schools. We offer a rewarding volunteer programme which enables members of the community to contribute and serve our community.
We aim to become one of the central arts providers for the district, where people come to The Sub Rooms to share best practice amongst their fellow peers, for their own career development and the progression of the creative industries that they advocate.
We aim to bring together the country’s most creative and innovative companies that offer the highest quality performance and engagement opportunities for all the communities that we serve.
We improve family life
We help to ensure that arts and cultural engagement is embedded within family life on a daily basis. We open people’s eyes to see new things, understand new concepts and broaden their horizons as a result of the artistic and cultural programme that we offer.
In order to make our success story happen, we rely on everyone working as a team. The team members include:
You, your family and friends
You, your family and friends, and everyone else who enjoys The Sub Rooms are at the very centre of our team. Whether you come to our ticketed events, enjoy coffee with us on a Tuesday morning, take part in our craft classes, bring your baby to a workshop, or talk to your friends about us, you are the reason we open our doors.
There is just a very small team of permanent staff at The Sub Rooms who each take responsibility for separate areas. During this exciting time of renovation and change, we are working hard to ensure that The Sub Rooms becomes the best that it can be. Everyone within the team is keen to ensure that you have a great time here.
For detailed information on the team members, please click here
The Sub Rooms wouldn’t be The Sub Rooms without our volunteer staff who make things happen on a daily basis. Whether it is talking your bookings at the Box Office, welcoming you as you arrive, ensuring your safety while you are here or helping out behind the scenes, our volunteers are an invaluable part of who we are.
We are developing a series of steering groups who will help guide and shape our journey, ensuring that we are welcoming, accessible and relevant to everyone. Steering groups include residents, community groups, special interest and members from diverse communities.
The Sub Rooms is managed by The Stroud Subscription Rooms Trust. There are currently 6 Board Members with extensive experience in the arts, cultural sectors, venue development and management, large-scale music events, the legal sector and volunteering and community projects.
For detailed information on the team members, please click here
Join Our Team
We need you! Our volunteers help us to be the best that we can be. We would love you to be part of it.
If you have….
Time to share: Whether you can help regularly each week or just every now and then, we will work out a plan that works for you.
Specialist skills: Perhaps you used to work in fundraising or marketing? Do you have a critical eye to help with proof reading? Perhaps you enjoy organising events or can throw parties that everyone wants to come to? If you have a skill or passion that you are happy to share with us that would be great.
Great personality: You don’t need to have a specialist skill to become a volunteer at The Sub Rooms. A friendly smile, a reliable attitude and a desire to be part of the team is really all that we are looking for. If you are not sure about working with people and would be happier to help quietly on your own or part of a small group of people, there are many ways for you to join our team in a non-public facing way.
…We would love to hear from you. Just use our Volunteer sign up box at the top of this page
There are currently no vacancies at The Sub Rooms
There is always something happening at The Sub Rooms and our programme supports and celebrates culture and creativity of every kind.
We bring together the country’s most creative and innovative companies that offer the highest quality performance and engagement opportunities everyone. By Autumn 2019, we aim to programme the following events every week.
- Three or four live performances to choose from that range from comedy, rock & pop concerts, operas, jazz & blues and folk & roots sessions, classical & choral concerts, dramatic plays, musical theatre productions, pantomimes, talks and spoken word events, ballets and modern dance performances
- Two ‘ turn up and enjoy’ music or comedy performances in the Café bar
- Community clubs and groups
- Creative workshop sessions
We do hope you come to as much as possible.
Once phase two of the renovation work has been completed, we will also programme:
- About four cinematic screenings of cultural films or live relays
Babies at The Sub Rooms
Babies are always welcome at The Sub Rooms and very soon we will have a special series of events programmed especially for them. Plus we have lots of room for buggy parks!
AfterMirth is a series of comedy events for parents and carers to enjoy with their baby in the room. It doesn’t matter if you need to feed, walk around, or entertain your baby during the performance, – all the other parents are carers will be doing the same thing. More Aftermirth events coming soon. Watch this space
The Sub Rooms Café Bar is a baby friendly space with lots of room for your baby or pre-schooler to crawl or toddle about. Feel free to feed, sing to, or play with your little one at The Sub Rooms (or hopefully for you, enjoy a hands-free cup of coffee while they nap).
Children and Young People
Children and young people are particularly welcome at The Sub Rooms!
We inspire children and young people to open their eyes, to see new things, understand new concepts and broaden their horizons. We encourage families to come together to share in joint experiences and increase their family time with us. We want children, young people and young adults to see The Sub Rooms as the place to play, grow, laugh and learn their way into adulthood.
Are you aged 14 – 30?
We would love to know what you would like to see at The Sub Rooms.
Our initial ideas include an exciting programme of events specifically aimed at people aged 14 – 18, and 18 – 30.
We would love to hear your views on what you would like to us programme, so please email here to give us your suggestions. As our programme develops, we will do our best to incorporate those we can.
Family discounts and special offers are available on select events to ensure that families are encouraged to come together to share experiences.
We would love to partner with local schools and education groups to help you achieve your curriculum and learning objectives for your students. We will be developing formal progression pathways for local students and postgraduates. We are currently shaping our engagement programme, but in the meantime, if you are a teacher or lecturer and would like to be part of these conversations please email here
On demand and digital
We aim to offer great arts provision and cultural activity for everyone, regardless of where you live. Using cutting edge technology, we will investing as much as we can in digital provision to ensure that you can engage with us and access our programme, regardless of whether or not you can actually attend the events yourself.
We aim to use new digital technologies to ensure that everyone’s culture and creativity is celebrated as an everyday part of their life. We will explore digital ways of encouraging children, young people and all members of the community to showcase their own creativity by adding to our On-Demand library.
This is a big area of development for us, so please bear with us while we get up and running, but rest assured that we are working on it.
Help us get there faster
If you are an artist (of any kind) and have ‘on demand’ content already made that you would like The Sub Rooms to exhibit, please get in touch with us. Email here
Perhaps you have high quality music videos, or are an artist who talks through your latest portfolio, or are a young person with something great to say about Stroud and the area.
We are especially keen to team up with partners and be collaborative in our approach to achieving this, so if you can help make it happen, please email here
Hire The Subs
The Sub Rooms provides flexible multi-use performance spaces, from the George Room that is ideal for smaller music and theatrical performances, to the 450 capacity Concert Hall/Ballroom with its iconic decor and high -quality dance floor.
We offer variable hire rates to ensure that we cater for everyone and we have special discounted rates for those who wish to hire The Sub Rooms for community events.
If you wish to hire The Sub Rooms, please email us
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