New visual arts centre for Cathedral Quarter

Caoimhin Corrigan from ILEX. Picture Martin McKeown. 23.8.12
Caoimhin Corrigan from ILEX. Picture Martin McKeown. 23.8.12

A two-storey building in Derry’s city centre has been revamped to house a new visual arts centre.

Located in the Pump Street Courtyard, the new facility will provide studio space for artists and a fine art print workshop.

Working out of the new premises will be Creative Village Arts and Derry Print Workshop, which have both received support from urban regeneration company, Ilex, through the Department for Social Development’s UK City of Culture Capital Infrastructure Fund.

The projects, which also received support from Inner City Trust and Culture Company, will officially open their new premises today. Ilex’s Cultural Broker, Caoimhin Corrigan, said: “These new studios will provide ideal creative and affordable spaces for artists, helping them develop professionally and sustain themselves within the city.”

Managing Director of the Inner City Trust Helen Quigley said: “I have worked with Creative Village Arts and the Derry Print Shop on this project for over two years now and it is great to see their vision finally come to fruition.”

Creative Village Arts Project Co-ordinator Janet Hoy said that, since announcing the coming availability of low cost artists’ studios in the city centre, it had been inundated with applications from local artists looking for a professional environment in which to work.

Derry Print Workshop’s Paul Barwise added: “We are delighted to be the first fine art print workshop to be located in the city and our aim is to promote both the appreciation and practice of printmaking and other related visual arts while servicing the needs of professional artists and the wider community.”