Arts base in bid to raise cash for re­vamp

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

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

“Thereis­some sub­stan­tial struc­tural­work that­needs­done”

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

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