‘Let us exhibit in cinema complex’ says Grantham Art Club

Barrie Cox, of Grantham Art Club, would like to see an exhibition space in the new cinema complex planned for St Catherine's Road.
Barrie Cox, of Grantham Art Club, would like to see an exhibition space in the new cinema complex planned for St Catherine's Road.
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An art group in Grantham is calling for a centre where its work can be properly exhibited.

The Grantham Art Club has suggested to the district council that the planned cinema complex in St Catherine’s Road should include space for exhibiting art.

The club says there are excellent facilities in other nearby towns such as in the arts centre in Stamford, but Grantham is losing out with no such facilities for amatuer artists.

Recently the club has been exhibiting in an empty unit in the George Centre, formerly occupied by a golf store, but it wants a permanent base.

Barrie Cox, of the Grantham Art Club, said the club had been told it could not exhibit in the Newton Room in the Guildhall Arts Centre because its members were not professional artists. There is space available in the coffee shop, but Mr Cox says the hanging facilities there are not good enough for the club’s work.

Mr Cox said a ground floor room at the new cinema complex would be ideal. He said: “It could be open to all arts groups who could pay a reasonable fee to exhibit there. It is in the centre of town and it would be accessible for the elderly and those who are in wheelchairs or who have a medical problem.

“I think the cinema complex would be ideal for it.”

Nancy Ellerby, of the art club, said: “As a town Grantham has not got a lot going for it and it needs someone to do something to chirp it up a bit. We need somewhere with good lighting and plenty of space to hang our work.”

Val Rath, of the art club, said: “We need somewhere with proper hanging facilities.”

An SKDC spokesperson said: “Should there be space in foyers or other areas of the cinema complex for art work to be displayed we would consider this.

“The Guildhall Arts Centre is always happy to work with local groups to display work in their coffee shop. Interested parties should contact the centre to enquire over booking for this in advance.”