Saxmundham Art Station project takes off after busy 2020
The first phase of work to bring a creative hub to a city in Suffolk is now well advanced after a busy 2020.
Saxmundham Art Station made strides throughout the year to renovate part of the town’s old telephone exchange and make it a space for local creatives.
The project ran a crowdfunding campaign earlier in the year that raised over £ 14,000 and also received additional funding from East Suffolk Council and Magnox Ltd, as well as £ 50,000 from the New Anglia LEP.
Thanks to fundraising, the station has now been able to open its first rented artist studios that have already been occupied.
Work will continue into the new year to convert the common kitchen and shared office space with the planned layout to ensure compliance with Covid restrictions.
Project managers hope the common workspace will accommodate homeworkers who have worked in isolation this year and help create a vital sense of community and encourage networking and collaboration among those who adapt to new ways of working. work.
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Edgefield, a professional dance company, will use the building’s new rehearsal space for practice in the future.
This year, the Art Station also hosted its first work in the form of a new sculpture.
The piece, titled BEYOND, was created by former Suffolk University fine arts student Fred Lankester and is on display in the lobby of The Art Station where it can be seen illuminated at night from the High Street.
Clare Palmier of the Art Station said: “Despite the challenges of this year, we have made tremendous progress and are now occupying our new creative space in the old telephone exchange.
“Thanks to our renovation team led by Jonathan Clogg and the Spinnaker Projects, we have reached phase 1 and already have the first creatives working in their spaces. Thank you to our wonderful funders: New Anglia LEP, East Suffolk Council and Magnox Ltd for supporting the renovation.
“Art Station can be a vital part of the local creative and cultural economy by supporting the creative industries and providing a vibrant arts program for Saxmundham and the Suffolk coast.”