Boost for Barking community arts

Barking-based Studio 3 Arts, has been boosted by a major £500,000 grant from Arts Council England to upgrade the building.

Improvements will include accessible front of house and studio spaces, a new box office system, new dressing rooms and a public garden with a gallery and projection facilities.

The community arts organisation, with its headquarters in the 1960s built Gascoigne estate, has been working with local people for 30 years. It produces a range of arts events, classes and projects, and organises the borough’s fringe arts festival.

Liza Vallance, artistic director and CEO, said: “I’m delighted that Arts Council England are supporting our vision to make our work even more accessible by making some much-needed changes to the building so that it becomes the arts centre that the people of Barking and Dagenham deserve.”

Joyce Wilson, from Arts Council England, added: “Studio 3 Arts has exciting plans, and the improvements will contribute to an expansion of its cultural offer.”


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