Harrow arts centre campaign
Group plans to launch rescue.
A campaign to save the Harrow Arts Centre from closure has been launched.
Campaigners have joined forces with charity Cultura London to transform the arts centre, which Harrow Council says it cannot afford to subsidise.
A new masterplan will include building an independent cinema alongside the arts centre’s Grade II listed Elliott Hall , which will also feature a new theatre, restaurant, bar and cafe. the new complex will also house the borough’s music service.
The new cinema and catering facilities will help provide the income to sustain Harrow Arts Centre into the future, says Cultura London.
So far more than £5,500 has been collected towards the initial public fundraising target of £250,000.
Harrow Music Service said: "The Music Service depends on this space for instrumental lessons, concerts, workshops and training. We can make this a brilliant public space for all communities in Harrow with your support."
Currently the centre offers theatre, music, dance, comedy and family events in addition to learning activities for children from babies to teenagers.
Cllr Sue Anderson, Harrow Council’s executive member for culture and resident engagement, said: “Due to cuts to government funding we have had to make some difficult decisions over the last year which has meant that we can no longer fund the arts centre.
“We have been working on a business plan to find a secure and sustainable future for the building and are now at a stage where a new management is to be proposed.”