A NEW Centre for Artistic Development has been announced for the vacant site next to Gorey School of Art on the Mary Ward Lane, Gorey, and it's hoped work could start on the €200,000 project in the first quarter of the new year.
Titled 'Creative Code', the new 3,600 sq.ft. building will provide a space for artistic development, training in the digital arts and technology, and exhibitions and classes.
Planning permission has been secured for the project, and it's hoped the work could start next March once funding is in place. Paul Carter of Gorey School of Art said the work could take up to eight months.
'We had to raise €50,000 ourselves, and we have almost all of that raised, though fundraising is ongoing,' he said. 'We're also applying to Wexford Local Development for a 75 per cent grant in January.'
As part of the active fundraising programme, several organisations, individuals and businesses have already given financial support to the project, including Custom Compost which recently donated €5,000.
Paul said that this will be a dedicated contemporary arts facility which will host exhibitions, workshops, leading digital arts trainings, children's art camps, and much more.
He said that two years of work and fundraising have gone into this project, and the School of Art Board had agreed on the project as far back as 2008.
The centre will offer training programmes in the emerging artistic technologies and creative industries such as event/festival management, web and mobile app development, gaming, animation, photography, and video production.
Paul said there are no other facilities like this in the South East. Once the centre is operational, a facility co-ordinator will be employed as well as guest lecturers, facilitators and tutors. Ongoing running costs will be met through course fees, venue hire, exhibitions, events and ongoing sponsorship.
As well as providing training programmes, the facility will also have a programme of exhibitions, creating a profile for the venue as an imaginative space for visual arts events in the region. Gorey School of Art will also expand on its already successful Summer School for children.