Thanks to £1 million of funding from the Greater London Authority and Arts Council England, Barking-based community arts body Studio 3 Arts will aim to transform the Galleon Centre in Boundary Road into what could become a worldclass arts centre.
While plans are in the early stages, the organisation hopes to create front-ofhouse and studio spaces, new dressing rooms, a public garden with a gallery, and a community cafe/bar.
Artistic director Liza Vallance said: “I really value our relationship with the council. The funding would never have happened unless the council really believed in our vision.
“As yet, I don’t really know what that is going to look like in practice. It’s going to be down to local people to work with our selected architect to dream up the plans for the building. I’m confident they will come up with the right answers because they always have so far.”
Studio 3 Arts has also secured funding from Arts Council England, enabling it to continue to run the Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD) programme of activity for the next three years.
CBD was one of the six original projects set up in 2014 as a part of the national Creative People and Places initiative, with the mission of enabling local people to create, commission and curate outstanding arts and creative activities within the local area. The aim was to promote Barking and Dagenham as a place where exciting art of all forms are made and shown.
It has since empowered local people to curate festivals such as GLOW, Dagfest and Thamesfest through its ‘cultural connectors’ programme, as well as providing funding for local projects through REACH and offering participation workshops through CBD’s ‘Get Creative’.
Phase three of the programme will see the core consortium of local organisations – led by Studio 3 Arts – continue to create opportunities for local people to develop, present and experience innovative and world class arts and culture on their doorstep.
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