Arts West Side opens today in Old Market

31 03 2012

Arts West Side officially opens its doors today. The new Old Market venue has been redeveloped by the team from the Trinity Centre up the road with support from Bristol City Council, who have given the Trinity team a five-year lease on the building.

The opening day’s fun will include plenty of teas, coffees and cakes, and a photography exhibition by Khali Ackford

Number 6 West Street has been transformed into a new community resource, featuring a fully fitted downstairs cafe, gallery, meeting/office space and art room, which is hoped will be used for a variety of purposes from life drawing to all sorts of craft sessions.

The mural outside was painted by Bristol graffiti artists Silent Hobo and Mr Riks.

The Arts West Side project hopes to help reinvigorate the Old Market area, with the the new arts and community centre helping to increase the number of daytime visitors.

“As well as providing a community meeting point, this building will also offer opportunities for new start-up businesses and a focus for arts and other community activities,” said Anthony Negus, Bristol City Council cabinet member for housing, property services and regeneration.

“Rather than disposing of this property the council has opted to lease it out which brings a positive public benefit at no extra cost to taxpayers, helping to create stronger, more cohesive and more sustainable local communities.”

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