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Cultural legacy in doubt as hub facing closure

The 'Just Hangin' On' campaign effigy has been appearing at local artistic installations across Derry overthe past few days to highlight the plight of local artists struggling to keep their studios open.

The 'Just Hangin' On' campaign effigy has been appearing at local artistic installations across Derry overthe past few days to highlight the plight of local artists struggling to keep their studios open.

A dozen artists who share one of the city’s leading creative spaces have warned that its future is now in jeopardy because of funding issues.

Just over six months after the City of Culture year ended, the artists, whose studios were set up at 13 Pump Street with assistance from the Culture Company, is closing after the group they were renting from ran into difficulties.

The artists are now poised to ask Derry City Council and the Arts Council to intervene to help them secure its future by subsiding some of the costs, as happens in other cities.

The Pump Street Artists have expressed dismay that despite always paying their full rent and creating “a thriving, creative community in the heart of the city”, that their legacy is now under threat.

Artist Carl Taylor said: “This is just heart-breaking, and so unfair. Compared to other cities there are so few artists’ studios available in Derry-Londonderry, so we finally thought we were getting somewhere in 2013. One year on and we have been told to vacate. We just want someone to sort this out, and help us stay.”

 
 
 

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