Building work for the new home, which is part of a new development on Somerleyton Road and Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, will begin in 2016 with completion in the Spring of 2018. The new venue will offer two theatre spaces plus seven multi-use accessible studios – for rehearsal, participatory work and community activities - and will comprise a significant suite of cultural workspace, bringing jobs and opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises and supporting the already strong cultural sector in Brixton. The flexible theatre spaces will have the facilities needed for artists to make innovative new work and there will also be an increased range of training within the youth leadership programmes, ensuring professional opportunities and cross-transferable skills for local young people. The needs of vulnerable young people will be met in terms of access, safe spaces and purpose-built space, while the building will generate an income stream that will make Ovalhouse resilient and safer from financial shock.
With £6.5 million already raised, a successful Arts Council Award of £3 million would leave a further £2 million to be raised to see the project through to opening.
Ovalhouse have launched a major Capital Campaign to raise the remaining funds, whose strong group of supporters and advocators includes patrons Pierce Brosnan and Paulette Randall MBE.
Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:
“This programme is about backing a wide range of really exciting proposals to allow our arts and cultural organisations to thrive, for the benefit of artists and audiences across the country.
“We look forward to seeing the second stages of these applications so that we can help to get these projects off the ground, to help enhance the arts and cultural infrastructure around the country.”
Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England said:
“Ovalhouse has grand but achievable aims for their new home. The relocation will allow a more accessible building in a growing and vibrant part of Brixton. It will help cement Ovalhouse’s role as a developer of diverse artists and experts of inclusion. We look forward to seeing the second stage of its application so that we can help get this exciting project off the ground, and see its benefits across London.”
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