Dig­i­tal chief calls for new arts hub

Macclesfield Express - - TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION -

PAS­SION­ATE pleas were made at the meet­ing on the Mac­cles­field vi­sion for a new arts hub.

Speak­ers and mem­bers of the au­di­ence said arts and events were key to the fu­ture re­gen­er­a­tion of the town.

Jeff Cogh­lan, 45, who founded dig­i­tal gam­ing firm Matmi, said the town must in­vest in arts and cul­ture, adding: “Peo­ple like Jane Munro and Lynne Jones from Barn­aby Fes­ti­val have done more for Mac­cles­field than the coun­cil has in a long time.

“We need to in­vest in an arts hub, a cen­tral place for us to meet and be cre­ative.

“Young peo­ple are leav­ing Mac­cles­field be­cause it’s not hip, we need to stop talk­ing about silk. The rea­son I’m still here is be­cause of things like Barn­aby which make it cool.”

John Hartshorn, from Mac­cles­field Her­itage, Cul­ture and Arts, said: “We need a pro­fes­sional gallery and ded­i­cated multi func­tional arts cen­tre.

“There’s too much about bricks and mor­tar in this vi­sion doc­u­ment and not enough about arts and events.

“The num­ber of times I hear peo­ple knock­ing Mac­cles­field. We should be en­cour­ag­ing pos­i­tive think­ing about the town.”

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