Environmental Sustainability

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At Anvil Arts we have committed ourselves to reducing our environmental impact, and throughout our operations we are becoming a more sustainable organisation.

Like many arts and cultural organisations across the UK, Anvil Arts have declared a climate emergency. We work with Julie's Bicycle, a national charity promoting environmental sustainability across the arts and cultural sector, and who advise us how we can reduce our carbon footprint.


  • We have replaced all foyer and backstage lighting with energy-saving LED bulbs
  • In 2019 we replaced the majority of lighting in The Anvil's auditorium with energy-saving LED fixtures - reducing the amount of energy consumed by each light by 90%
  • Our foyer bars are stocked with fantastic local produce from producers based within 50 miles of The Anvil, including local gins, ice cream, crisps, coffee and sparkling wine
  • We have eliminated all single-use plastics from Front of House areas, bringing in either reusable ware or compostable single-use vegware
  • We no longer sell plastic water bottles and now offer resealable cans of water. This will mean over 12,000 fewer plastic bottles used each year
  • Cans are much easier and quicker to recycle, and typically contain up to 70% recycled material, compared to around 3% for plastic bottles
  • We have upgraded our Building Management System, allowing us to be more precise in heating or cooling areas of the buildings only when they are in use
  • We only print with vegetable inks, and only onto FSC sustainably sourced paper stock
  • Our brochures are sent out in recyclable polywrap
  • We now email more copies of our brochures than we print

30,000 local children and young people perform on our stages each year

Find out all the ways we engage with our local schools to deliver musical and cultural education
Working with Schools