Town to get new arts venue
An arts centre with music-recording facilities is set to open in a north Suffolk town with the transmogrification of an historic but deserted building.
The not-for-profit venture, at the former HSBC bank in Eye, will also boast a cafe, offer meeting space and a wide range of classes, host local and national art exhibitions, and act as the home for an internet-based community radio station.
The team behind the project are local artists and musicians.
It is hoped that the venture, called The Bank, will open its doors for the first time in April, subject to receiving planning permission from Mid Suffolk District Council.
Rebecca Lyne, who some Diss Express readers may recognise as a sculptor who runs classes in north Suffolk, is one of those behind the project. She said: “We will be focusing on bringing arts, music and food together in one location.
“We will be preserving the heritage of the bank, and reusing many of the original features in reopening this beautiful building, and making it accessible to the people of Eye.”
With such a variety of services on offer, the idea is that The Bank would be self-sustaining.
The site, which is on the corner of Magdalen Street and Castle Street, is being leased by the group, operating under the banner of the Eye Open Community Interest Company, from local businessman Roy Humphrey.
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