September 9th, 2016

Escape Community Arts need a name

Updated: 4:19 pm, May 07, 2015

A COMMUNITY project is turning to the public for help naming its new building.

Earlier this year Escape Community Arts was awarded £340,000 by Stratford Town Trust as part of its £1million CommYOUnity Challenge.

The Stratford-based charity – known for using the arts as a means to support people across Warwickshire – is looking to transform the old Henson’s Slaughterhouse at the rear of Bridge Street into an arts and heritage centre.

Designed to celebrate and archive local history through quarterly exhibitions, arts and media workshops, inter-generational and schools projects, the scheme will provide volunteering and training opportunities as well as apprenticeships for young people across the district.

And as planning regulations are in the early stages of being cleared, the group is now looking for members of the public to suggest a potential name for the new building.

The winner will be announced on June 6 at the Town Hall during a special D-Day remembrance evening, which has been organised by Escape themselves and will feature a documentary made by 14-year-old Alcester Grammar pupil, Bill Jones.

Project manager, Karen Williams, said: “We have a great team of people who have a successful track record of taking on redundant buildings and transforming them into community arts venues and the Slaughterhouse is no different.

“The project has the potential to engage new audiences, bring together historical communities and fuse heritage and professional arts development within a locally-driven contemporary arts space.

“Local people have always been at the heart of the project and it is important for us that they continue to be involved as it progresses.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who has thoughts or ideas for the name of the building and look forward to seeing the suggestions put forward.”

Email karenwilliams@escapecommunityarts.co.uk or visit www.escapecom-munityarts.co.uk with name suggestions.

Project manager Karen Williams inside the old slaughterhouse. 20.014.016.strat.jm3

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