New Arts Gallery For Swindon?

By Shirley Ludford On Thursday 20th April 2017

TRUST RALLIES SUPPORT OF PROPOSED NEW MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY FOR THE TOWN 

At a public meeting which saw over 100 local people attend to find out more about proposals for a new Art Gallery in Swindon, Robert Hiscox, Chairman of Trustees, outlined his motivation for trying to bring a brand new gallery and museum to Swindon.

He described the town as "quite architecturally challenged" and said that while Swindonians should be proud of their railway heritage, they should also aspire for more.

"There isn't a building built in England that hasn't been opposed by people," he said. "But if you build a beautiful building here it really will make a measurable difference.

"This isn't just a place to hang art and display collections, I seriously believe it will give a throbbing heart to Swindon that you can all be proud of."

Mr Hiscox acknowledged the Trust must do more work on public engagement with the little time left.  That in addition to the cultural offering a museum and gallery would bring, there is a  serious warnin

Many local business leaders were present.  James Phipps said. "We won't be here in five to ten years if this project and the town centre regeneration doesn't happen.  That goes for a lot of other businesses too. We recruit a lot of our people from outside and most of them won't live here".

A show of hands indicated strong support in the room for the Trust's ambitious proposals for a new state of the art building.  The challenge they face in the next six months is persuading the wider public as well as the Heritage Lottery Fund that they're up to the job of delivering it.

AUDIO REPORT FROM THE PUBLIC MEETING:  https://t.co/hN6yx9mDtK

Your views on a brand new building to house an arts and cultural centre in the centre of town?
Make them here,  text: 07900 171453 or e-mail: info@swindon1055.com.

 

 




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