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Culture Centre Funding

Over £47,000 has been awarded to fund an arts project based at Conwy Culture Centre.

The £3.7 million, Lottery-funded culture centre adjacent to Bodlondeb, Conwy, is under construction and due to be complete in the autumn of 2019.

The Cornel Celf Project is led by Conwy Arts Trust, a charity that strives to promote enjoyment and engagement through art across the county. The charity has been awarded £47,600 by the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund. In partnership with the Heritage Lottery-Funded Conwy Culture Centre, the project will devise a programme of arts, culture, and heritage activities.

Once complete, Cornel Celf will enable the trust, other community groups, and artists to showcase their work, hold workshops and events, and deliver arts education projects at the bespoke facility. The area will include a sprung floor, wet work area, and teaching and exhibition space. The Culture Centre will provide a new library, archive, heritage hub, and café adjacent to Conwy Castle and Town Walls.

Dilwyn Price, Conwy Arts Trust Chair, said, “The Trust is very pleased to lead this exceptional project and thanks Gwynt y Môr for its generous funding. We eagerly look forward to the opening of this new arts hub and celebrating the artistic skills of new and established artists. A state-of-the-art facility within a special building will provide wonderful opportunities to enhance skills and promote the artistic flair of Conwy county residents.”

Helen Bradley, Conwy Culture Centre Project Manager, said, “During the development phase of the Culture Centre project, we engaged with nearly 700 people to see what sorts of facilities they would like to see at the Culture Centre. “Overwhelmingly, people wanted to take part in hands-on opportunities to experience and learn about local heritage through the visual arts, so the Cornel Celf project is a fantastic partnership opportunity for the services that will be based at the centre.”

Announcing the funding, Gwynt y Môr Community Fund spokesman Neil Pringle said, “It’s fantastic to see the wide variety of projects that are benefiting from the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund, with the Conwy Arts Trust being one of 59 to have received funding this year alone. I’m excited to see the positive, transformative work that this latest grant from the fund will enable to occur throughout the Conwy area.”

Cllr Mark Baker, Cabinet Member for Community Development Services, said, “We are delighted to be working with the Conwy Arts Trust on this exciting project. The Cornel Celf initiative demonstrates the power of partnership working between the council and third sector for the benefit of Conwy’s communities. A state-of-the-art facility at the heart of the new Culture Centre will help to unlock the huge potential of the library and heritage collections on site, bringing them to a broader audience through the arts and inspiring the next generation of Conwy’s artists."

To learn more about the work of Conwy Arts Trust, visit www.conwyartstrust.org

To find out more about the Conwy Culture Centre project, visit www.conwy.gov.uk/culturecentre

Posted on 01/08/2018

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