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First Street 'Art Factory' Team Visit US And Holland

New Cornerhouse/Library Theatre brand expected in September

Written by . Published on January 31st 2012.

First Street 'Art Factory' Team Visit US And Holland

MANAGEMENT from the Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company visited cultural venues in the US, Canada and even Holland as research for the new combined cultural facility on First Street.

"The research visits proved valuable and highlight the fact that the (First Street) project has not been replicated anywhere else."

A new report to the city council's Communities and Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee refers to the new development as an 'under one roof art factory' and says research teams went to 'theatres, galleries, cinemas and arts centres in the UK, USA, Canada and Holland'.

'The research visits highlighted the fact that the (First Street) project is a unique project that has not been replicated anywhere else,' the report said.

The trips were funded from a revenue grant secured from the Arts Council England (ACE).

The report also said the public consultation into the scheme - which has divided opinion in Manchester -  had been successful and drew a good attendance.  

A separate design presentation was given to CABE (Design Council) on January 10 and received 'very positive feedback.'

The new facility will be managed by Greater Manchester Arts Centre Ltd, the charitable trust that currently operates the Cornerhouse. GMAC will appoint a new chair in February.

Enabling works will start on site in October 2012 with main contractors beginning in January 2013. The new combined facility should be open in Summer 2014.

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Eddy RheadJanuary 31st 2012.

I wonder what the good people over at Museums Sheffield, facing redundancies and reduction in exhibitions and service after being turned down for Arts Council funding, think of these seemingly over indulgent foreign trips being paid for out of that same pot of money?

Mr HappyJanuary 31st 2012.

Eddy I think you need to cheer up.

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Eddy RheadJanuary 31st 2012.

Just seeing things as i see them. Good things make me happy. Bad things make me unhappy. So shoot me.

AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2012.

They're not the same pot of money. Capital developments come from a separate allocation to the new museums fund. The outcome of either application would have no bearing on the other.

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