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Square Chapel founder takes final curtain call; Arts.

THE woman at the helm of the innovative Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax, Sally Martin, is stepping down after 26 years, in order to fulfil her dream of running a guest house in far flung Sri Lanka, the place of her birth.

Taking over as director will be David McQuillan, who has worked alongside Sally for the past seven years and has been involved with the Square Chapel for more than a decade.

Sally was one of six local people with a passion for heritage buildings and the arts who bought the run-down Square Chapel for just PS25 back in 1988.

Their vision was to turn it into a vibrant centre for the arts - a challenging plan that came to fruition.

Today the venue attracts 40,000 people a year with its wide programmes of events, and has gone from being run entirely by volunteers to employing full time staff, although 150 volunteers still keep the show on the road.

Sally says she can fondly recall the early days when audiences sat in an unheated, undecorated auditorium and received the offer of a blanket along with their ticket.

David has been part of the planning for the redevelopment of the chapel, which will be completed in the autumn of 2017, and was the lead on the creation of Orangebox, the PS4m young people's arts centre in Halifax, in which the Square Chapel is a primary partner.

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| Sally Martin, retired Director of the Square Chapel Centre for |the Arts, will be handing over the reins to David McQuillan. They are pictured outside the historic chapel SQUARE CHAPEL FOR THE ARTS

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2015
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