£300,000 investment plan for arts centre

The Lib Dem Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Steve Pitt, has announced £300,000 worth of repairs and refurbishment at a renowned local arts centre.

Arts Space Portsmouth, home to nationally and internationally known artists, uses a former Methodist chapel built in 1905, owned by the council, in Brougham Road, Southsea.

The building needs repairs, and the council has drawn up a plan to tackle them. The work would involve fixing eroded stonework, corroded gutters and drainpipes, defective window frames, a bowing external wall and a leaking roof.

“Art Space Portsmouth is a thriving community of artists and we're prepared to invest a substantial amount in the building to help ensure it remains a base for their work well into the future,” says Steve Pitt.

“I hope all members of the council will back this plan to set aside this money and support a very well-established and important part of the city's cultural life.”

Formed in 1980 by graduates and lecturers from Portsmouth Polytechnic, Art Space Portsmouth is now a charity that provides low-cost studios for professional artists and holds regular exhibitions and events.

The funding is being recommended by the Lib Dems as part of the council's capital budget, which will go before Full Council for approval on 12 February.

The capital budget invests in a range of infrastructure schemes throughout the city like buildings and facilities, rather than the day-to-day running of council services that have to be paid for through a separate revenue budget.

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