Tremendous progress has been made at Art Station with the occupation of the first studios

The first phase of work to bring a creative hub to a Suffolk town is now well underway after a busy 2020.

Saxmundham Art Station made progress throughout the year to renovate part of the town’s former telephone exchange and make it a space for local creatives.

The project ran a crowdfunding campaign earlier in the year which raised over £14,000 and also received additional funding from East Suffolk Council and Magnox Ltd as well as £50,000 from New Anglia LEP.

Through fundraising, the station was able to open its first rented artist studios which have already been occupied.

Work will continue in the new year to convert the communal kitchen and shared office space with the planned layout to ensure compliance with Covid restrictions.

Project officials hope the co-working space will welcome home-based workers who have worked in isolation this year and help create a vital sense of community and encourage networking and collaboration among those adapting to new ways of working. work.

East Anglian Daily Times: A new dance space will be used for rehearsalsA new dance space will be used for rehearsals (Image: the art station)

Edgefield, a professional dance company, will use the building’s new rehearsal space for training in the future.

The Art Station also hosted his first work this year in the form of a new sculpture.

The work, titled BEYOND, was created by Fred Lankester, a former fine art student at the University of Suffolk, and is displayed in the lobby of The Art Station where it can be seen illuminated at night from the High Street.

East Anglian Daily Times: A new sculpture has been installed at the Art Station in SaxmundhamA new sculpture has been installed at the Art Station in Saxmundham (Image: the art station)

Clare Palmier of the Art Station said: “Despite the challenges of this year, we have made tremendous progress and now occupy 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. Thanks 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 creative industries and providing a vibrant arts program for Saxmundham and the Suffolk Coast.”

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