Vision announced for multi million pound arts space for Nailsea

vision announced for multi million pound arts space for nailsea - Vision announced for multi million pound arts space for Nailsea

A new arts centre complete with cinema, recording studio and theatre could be built in Nailsea.

The new ‘state of the art’ hub – which would be known as the Nailsea Community Arts Space (NCAS) – is the brainchild of local councillor Emily Miller.

The vision has already been presented to Nailsea Town Council which has now agreed to start discussions with North Somerset Council and local stakeholders about moving the idea forward.

The plan is still in the early, visionary stages but ideas include transforming the current Scotch Horn Centre as a community arts space.

Ideas include creating a theatre and community cinema, areas for lectures alongside a designated gallery space for art exhibitions and a museum.

The early blueprint also sets out a vision to create space for arts and performance workshops as well as providing additional theatre space for local schools.

The new community arts space would also feature a community garden, gardening club and a cafe/meeting space.

Produce grown in the community garden would be used by the cafe.

The plan also looks at the potential of relocating the town’s current library to the new arts space.

Local clubs and groups would use the base during the day for a range of activities.

It would also be used as a centre for learning and provide opportunities for apprenticeships and skills based learning as well as a venue for adult learning courses.

The new centre would also have impressive green credentials with solar panels, a wind turbine and rain water flushing toilets.

Money raised from events held at the arts space would be ploughed back to support its running costs.

Although the Scotch Horn Centre has been put forward as a location, there is also the possibility of using multiple venues in the town such as the Tithe Barn and The Grove Sports Centre.

The ambitious plans are expected to run into ‘millions of pounds.’

Funding would be sought from Nailsea Town Council and North Somerset Council and grants from other organisations such as the lottery would be sought.

The idea for Nailsea to have its own community arts space has been inspired by other local arts hubs including the Watershed and Everyman Cinema in Bristol.

The plans will be developed as part of a wider vision to improve leisure and sporting facilities in the town.

Councillor Miller said: “The vision for Nailsea Community Art Space (NCAS) is to have a new state-of-the-art building dedicated for theatre performance, lectures, exhibitions, concerts and more.

“It would provide an opportunity for income and to foster Nailsea as an arts hub, seeking to improve wellbeing outcomes for the local community as well as providing opportunities for disenfranchised groups within the town.

“One of the biggest criticisms of our town by those who leave it is that there is nothing to do here particularly when it comes to the needs of young people.

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“NCAS genuinely has something for everyone one whether it’s a cafe for socialising or a club to join or somewhere to be entertained.

“We have a rich heritage in our town that deserves to be built upon and celebrated and now is the perfect time to do so.

“The ambition may seem big but it is something, with enough thought and planning, that will change our town for the better, forever.”

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