Arts & Leisure

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Ealing Arts + Leisure

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September 2010: Arts Centre presents plan

August 2010: Arts & Leisure Centre: latest progress

February 2010: Arts centre plans progress

February 2010: Letter to supporters

August 2009: Letter to supporters

Visit to Battersea Arts Centre

Town Hall conversions:

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SEC's aim is to help to realise the borough's potential as a leisure and cultural destination. To achieve the cultural regeneration of Ealing, SEC believes we need:

  • A Concert/Conference Hall - an adaptable multi-purpose performance space that can be used for music, dance and literary events, featuring Ealing's own talent as well as professional performances by national and international artists.

  • A professionally-run programme to attract residents from in and outside the borough

  • Studios for: dance, recording and practising music, painting and crafts, IT related skills, photography and film, etc.

  • Flexible rooms for teaching courses (written and spoken literature, TEFL, life skills, etc.) that could also be let as meeting rooms.

  • Cinema, including a screen for art-house films.

  • Indoor sports centre and outdoor sports area

  • Spaces for hire and a wide-ranging programme of day and evening courses to involve all sections of society, but especially young people and the disadvantaged.

  • To achieve these aims, there needs to be full use of existing facilities in Ealing as well as new build. There are rooms in the Town Hall that could be adapted for music and other activities. However, multi-purpose performance facilities will probably need to be purpose built, so that they can attract a wide range of events and be able to fund themselves.

    We believe there is a need for a cultural quarter, as identified in the Tibbalds report, but the key must be an active role for the Council to harness local interests such as Ealing College, Ealing Studios and TVU, as well as commercial businesses such as the Empire cinema, in attracting new funds for a full range of Council-led arts development, including but not limited to restructuring the Town Hall.