Leeds arts space scoops £118k funding

Artist Paul Digby at East Street Arts.
Artist Paul Digby at East Street Arts.
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A KEY arts organisation which took up residence in a former boxing club is fighting back after receiving £118,150 of funding.

The old St Patrick’s Social Club in Burmantofts used to be home to a boxing gym but was snapped up by East Street Arts 15 years ago and renamed Patrick Studios.

The arts charity spent £1.6m to transform the unique space and after opening in 2004 it went on to become one of the main providers of arts space in the city.

Now the charity can expand further thanks to Arts Council England Lottery funding.

The money will help build a new classroom and educational area as well as upgrading the IT facilities and resources for resident artists.

Michelle Dickson, director for the north at Arts Council England, said: “I am delighted that East Street Arts has been awarded funding to upgrade its provisions to meet the changing needs of artists.

“The shared spaces and hot-desking facilities will enable artists of all art forms to mix and collaborate while the building of a new classroom and educational area will support the artists’ work in engaging with the local community.”

A statement on the East Street Arts website said: “New, flexible office space will enable the continued smooth running of this arts charity into the next decade. This is a development with technology and the long-term sustainability of the organisation at its heart.

“Change will be physical, but behind the scenes work will ensure the ability of both staff and users to move in, around and use Patrick Studios in a flexible manner making the building adaptable.”

Patrick Studios has a team of 20 people working on projects around the world.