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Rotherham roars to success

posted 29 Nov 2010, 06:56 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 29 Nov 2010, 07:06 ]
Despite losing the vote with the People’s Millions last Monday [November 22] Rotherham will still receive £50,000 due to being the highest scoring runner up.

Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) entered the People’s Millions competition to bid for £50,000 to allow them to renovate Westgate Chambers in Rotherham town centre – transforming the disused space into a permanent arts hub.

Chief Executive for ROAR Karen Sherwood said: “I’m delighted that Rotherham has still been awarded the money – this means the town centre is still a winner and it’s thanks to those of you who voted, Rotherham Borough Council and partners for all of their support. 

“The money will make a significant difference to the town and its community. Growing the arts and cultural offer in these small centres is critical to differentiate them from competing areas.

“I hope the new arts space will draw people into using the town and give something back to those in the creative world wanting space to work, exhibit and sell from whilst encouraging beginners to take advantage of the opportunities that will soon be here within Rotherham.”

The money, which was awarded to ROAR for being a close runner up to York, will convert 5,000 sq ft of town centre empty office space on the top floor of Westgate Chambers into low cost artist’s studios and community space – suitable for workshops and temporary events which will be accessible to all.

The site is virtually opposite the emerging mini arts hub in the stunning Imperial Buildings and next to the newly developed Old Market, offering fantastic opportunities to enlarge the independent artistic offer for Rotherham town centre.