Ealing Arts + Leisure

 

                                                                                    February 2010

Dear Ealing Resident                                                                                         

 

Ealing Arts + Leisure has been working during 2009 on a project to establish an Arts and Leisure Centre in the Ealing Town Hall building. The need for such a centre is becoming more pressing as the population grows with new housing developments.  S106 money from these development will be available in the future but we are hoping to get money from the sale of the “Eve” painting to get the project under way.

 

Ealing Arts + Leisure, a long-established registered arts charity with 90 arts and leisure groups, is well geared up to do this work. We have now got support in principle for the Arts Centre from all three political parties that make up Ealing Council.   The project is briefly outlined as follows :

 

·                     A converted Town Hall could house many arts facilities, including studios for music, recording,

 art and dance, with multi-purpose rooms for crafts, teaching, talks and meetings. Victoria Hall needs upgrading into a flexible space for concerts, films, conferences & general performance use.

 

·                     Under the stewardship of an Ealing Arts Board, independent of the Council, the Centre would be run by professional arts administrators and would be available to local clubs and societies.  It would engage with other organisations such as TVU, Ealing Studios, West London College, Questors Theatre and the cinema. It would create new activities and act as a magnet to attract people into the heart of the town, thereby broadening central Ealing’s appeal. It would also serve as a cultural hub for the borough, publicising and encouraging arts and leisure activities around the whole borough. 

 

·                     A central idea is to encourage people of all ages to take up and/or further their interests in music, dance, sport and other cultural activities.  Providing specific interests for young people must be a principal objective for such a Centre.

 

A feasibility study is under way into the use of some rooms of the town hall as music studios. The study is assessing the demand for spaces, examining how best to manage the project and analysing its financial viability.

After this study we will do two more studies into dance and art.   Rooms have been identified for these activities and the next stage will be to get a leasing agreement with the Council.

 

Throughout this process, to date and in the future, we are being advised by top professionals who have a wealth of experience in setting up arts centres.

 

We recently held a meeting with arts groups which have expressed an interest in using the spaces in the Art Centre/Town Hall.  These groups represented music, dance, theatre, song, visual arts, literature/spoken word and experts on music studios were also present.  We are still in very early stages but we are aware of the need eventually to provide for photography/video, IT, crafts, performance spaces, classes, talks, lectures and meetings.

We will shortly organise another meeting with the community to assess what facilities other interest groups and individuals will need etc.

 

So, the ball is rolling !   Please pass the word around.  We are still receiving pledges of support.  So far we nudging 400 signatures, but would welcome more – This display of public support is vital for the success of the project. Please contact us if your group would like to use a space, or even “set up home” in the Arts Centre

 

Ann Pavett                      John Hummerston

Secretary                            Chairman

  

emails to :   ealingartsleisure@hotmail.co.uk

letters to :   Ann Pavett,  Secretary EA+L,  18 Christopher Ave., W7 2BN

phone :       Ann - 020 8579 4925       John - 020 8998 4465

 

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