Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre launches new gallery in bid to get more people through doors

Organisers of the gallery, Nick Maddern, Becca Oram, Liz Ellis, Laura Valentine with Ben Robinson, D

Organisers of the gallery, Nick Maddern, Becca Oram, Liz Ellis, Laura Valentine with Ben Robinson, Di Langford and Maureen Maddern - Credit: Archant

The Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre is launching a new gallery in a bid to get more people through the former Town Hall’s doors by promoting talent from the area.

Following a survey taken earlier this year to see how the centre could be improved, calls were made for a gallery to be opened, and these prayers have been answered with Baldock-based Dekkle Studios kicking off proceedings tomorrow with a display of fine art prints.

Laura Valentine of the arts and heritage centre said: “This idea appealed to us as it gives us an opportunity to appeal to a wide range of people and generate increased community interest.

“The intention is to hold a series of exhibitions throughout the year which would comprise of art work, photography, literature, cartoonists, illustrators, historical excerpts and much more.

“We are in the process of lining up the artists for 2016 and welcome contact from local artists who may be interested.”

The Dekkle Studios exhibition will run for three months every Friday and Saturday from 10am until 2pm.

Another long-term aim is to use the centre as a multi-use venue, and after hosting music acts during Balstock last month, the centre will house a charity music gala next month, with workshops, jazz, folk music and orchestras all coming to the fore on Saturday, November 14.

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Alongside the music people will be encouraged to bring their own picnics and take part in a charity auction.

The Town Hall Group is keen to refurbish and restructure the centre further in the future. If you would like to make a contribution visit www.justgiving.com and search for Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the centre you can email contactus@bthl.org.uk.