Arts base in bid to raise cash for revamp
The trustees behind Moray’s only dedicated art venue have launched a campaign to pay for vital structural repairs.
Moray Art Centre is the only one of its kind in the region and serves local artists and national artists.
The Findhorn venue offers four artists’ studios, three gallery spaces, three large creative spaces and a surrounding garden with a built-in pizza oven for outdoor activities and events.
Now, the board of directors is seeking to raise £12,000 for internal and external structural repairs.
Bill Austin, chairman of the board, believes that the popular community
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creative space needs sprucing up in order to attract more visitors.
He said: “It will be expensive to refurbish because there is some substantial structural work that needs done and a new lighting system needs to be installed.”
The Moray Art Centre suffered a financial disaster earlier this year when it was given three months to find £60,000 in order to stay open.
But its fortunes improved when the venue made its first monthly profit for several years and appointed three new directors to improve cash flow.
Mr Austin said the increased footfall over the last year has helped its situation.
He said: “We now have no immediate threat to our existence.
“In some ways we are expanding to have a larger presence in the region by hosting more events and our annual visitors for this year were 10,000 which is an increase on the 7,500 we had a couple of years ago.”
To donate to the crowdfunding effort, visit www.startsomegood. com/morayartcentre