What is Rhapsode's legal status?
Until June 2013, Rhapsode was a charity with a board of trustees. The trustees decided that for Rhapsode to continue to grow, this needed to change. Rhapsode is now a registered community interest company, and we are regulated by the Community Interest Regulator.
What's the difference between Rhapsode and Dot to Dot?
Rhapsode is the company. Rhapsode runs projects. It was created to provide arts experiences and to enable creative opportunities. Dot to Dot is only one of Rhapsode's projects. It is the art gallery and coffee bar that is run by Rhapsode. The gallery functions as an office space for Rhapsode. This is sustainable because it makes money rather than costs money. It is also a fundraiser, increases our outreach in the community, raises our profile, and is a space in which to host some if our community projects.
Who can go to Dot to Dot?
ANYONE can come in between 10am and 4pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 10.30-3.30pm on Sundays, with or without children. Log in to our free wi-fi, buy a cup of tea or a locally pressed apple juice, have a look at the affordable art on the walls which is all for sale, buy a handmade card by a local artist, indulge in our homemade cakes and biscuits, or get stuck in with some art and craft activities. On Wednesdays we are open by appointment only for meetings, admin, and Rhapsode work.
Do people get paid?
Of course. Our work is professional. Those who deliver projects and who are involved in the day to day running of Rhapsode are paid (unless they are one of our trusty volunteers!).
What happens if you make a profit?
Rhapsode is officially a 'not-for-profit' company. But this is something of a misnomer as, actually, the aim is to make a profit so that we have the money to deliver projects for the community and widen our reach. However, there are NO payouts and bonuses. The company is 'asset-locked' which means it cannot be sold and no individual has access to the assets of the company.