A New Incubator For Artists?
As arts organisations throughout the region come to terms with the harsh reality of painful cuts and closures, one North East business group has opened its arms to creatives looking for a new affordable home.
But it isn’t just any old home folks, oh no. This is a space with a huge difference, 27,000sq ft to be precise, and comes with more potential than you can shake a chuffing 100ft mast at.
For the past five years The Oceana Group has spent £3m bringing back the glory days of a monstrous former maritime research station next to the old Swan Hunter site in Wallsend, and wants artists to make it their own and get the place booming again.
The monstrous PAMETRADA Arts Centre has the potential of meeting the demand of up to 50 individual studio spaces and an excited Tony Mann, Director of The Oceana Group, has a plan to involve artists and creatives of any background to get involved at the blueprint stage – designing their own sized space to their needs.
He said: “The Arts Centre should be seen as a phoenix flying out of the flames created by the savage arts cuts.
“The Oceana Group has recognised the need for alternative creative space and where better than a building steeped in local history.
“The emergence of the PAMETRADA could be seen as a major plus point to be born out of one of the darkest times the Arts world has experienced
in recent memory.”
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