Arts venue celebrates two years - and the future looks bright

The Advertiser Series: ART EVENT: The second birthday cake for The Bridge in Darlington. Picture: ANDY LAMB ART EVENT: The second birthday cake for The Bridge in Darlington. Picture: ANDY LAMB

ARTISTS and patrons of a thriving community arts centre have celebrated the venue's second anniversary.

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, in Hundens Lane, opened in 2012, shortly after the closure of the much-loved Darlington Arts Centre due to council spending cuts.

Although The Bridge is not seen as a replacement for the Arts Centre, it has provided a hub for creative people from Darlington and further afield.

As well as arts and crafts, there was food, music and entertainment at a celebration of the venue's second anniversary on Saturday.

Darlington's former mayor and mayoress, Charles and Carol Johnson, planted trees to mark the anniversary.

Bonnie Davies, one of the project managers at The Bridge, said there was every reason to be optimistic about the future of the venue.

She said: "We are in year two of a three-year plan which we hope will secure the long-term future of The Bridge.

"We don't take anything for granted, but the council gives us the building rent-free and we are hopeful it will continue to support us in the future.

"The Bridge is a growing asset for Darlington, more and more people are starting to get involved and see it as an opportunity for artists to get together and put on exhibitions.

"We have 27 classes running 30 weeks of the year and six art groups meeting here regularly.

"It is a fantastic thing that's happening."

For more information, visit thebridgedarlington.org.uk

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12:36am Mon 11 Aug 14

Spy Boy says...

"Although The Bridge is not seen as a replacement for the Arts Centre, it has provided a hub for creative people from Darlington and further afield."

And there will not be a new Arts Centre, thanks to the council. Looks like DfC will need to go it alone and get their own. Best leave the council out of it though, as they have a terrible record with the Arts Council.
"Although The Bridge is not seen as a replacement for the Arts Centre, it has provided a hub for creative people from Darlington and further afield." And there will not be a new Arts Centre, thanks to the council. Looks like DfC will need to go it alone and get their own. Best leave the council out of it though, as they have a terrible record with the Arts Council. Spy Boy
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11:14am Mon 11 Aug 14

Luther95 says...

Spy Boy wrote:
"Although The Bridge is not seen as a replacement for the Arts Centre, it has provided a hub for creative people from Darlington and further afield."

And there will not be a new Arts Centre, thanks to the council. Looks like DfC will need to go it alone and get their own. Best leave the council out of it though, as they have a terrible record with the Arts Council.
Bizarre comment. I'm not aware anyone is trying to recreate the Arts Centre - many of the functions are being taken forward elsewhere - sometimes more successfuklly than was the case at Vane Terrace (the gallery is a case in point).

As a small theatre venue, the new Hullaballoon in Borough Road will be available for community use when not required by Theatre Hullaballoo itself. TH got the Arts Council England grant with the support of the Council, so how are they not in ACE good books?

All too often, Spy Boy presents as if he knows a lot, but in fact uses a small amount amount of knowledge to spin relentlessly against DBC. A bit sad really. A shame he can't get behind the great work that Bonnie and her team are doing at The Bridge.
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: "Although The Bridge is not seen as a replacement for the Arts Centre, it has provided a hub for creative people from Darlington and further afield." And there will not be a new Arts Centre, thanks to the council. Looks like DfC will need to go it alone and get their own. Best leave the council out of it though, as they have a terrible record with the Arts Council.[/p][/quote]Bizarre comment. I'm not aware anyone is trying to recreate the Arts Centre - many of the functions are being taken forward elsewhere - sometimes more successfuklly than was the case at Vane Terrace (the gallery is a case in point). As a small theatre venue, the new Hullaballoon in Borough Road will be available for community use when not required by Theatre Hullaballoo itself. TH got the Arts Council England grant with the support of the Council, so how are they not in ACE good books? All too often, Spy Boy presents as if he knows a lot, but in fact uses a small amount amount of knowledge to spin relentlessly against DBC. A bit sad really. A shame he can't get behind the great work that Bonnie and her team are doing at The Bridge. Luther95
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