We are currently in the process of acquiring planning permission, and will find out by 20th April. In the case we are denied planning permission then none of the pledges will be collected. In order to do that we need to refurbish a four storey Edinburgh townhouse from top to bottom - starting with a new reading room on the top floor. The building has been an arts club since 1896 and we want to preserve this use.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Scotland, and Edinburgh in particular, has had a huge cultural impact in the twentieth century. The Club will provide a centre where the history of the arts can be celebrated and explored as well as a place where current and future artist can meet each other alongside patrons and supporters, publishers and gallery owners, readers and audiences who will buy and promote their works. Finally it will be a place where the ordinary 'lay' person can meet artists, begin to understand how the arts work, and encourage their continued involvement.
Steps to get it done:
The Club enables those who have spent their lives earning a living and bringing up their families to indulge their passion for the arts, whether as a new participant or as a patron, or even just as a spectator. Artists of all kinds need purchasers and audiences, and an informed public is a valuable component of a thriving arts world.
About the space
Scottish Arts Club
City of Edinburgh Council