Enabling works for new Arts Centre completed in Skibbereen
Wolfe’s Bakery has been demolished to ground floor level with the boundary walls of the building remaining in place until construction of the new building for West Cork Arts Centre begins in March 2011. The contract for the enabling works was awarded to local firm McCarthy Plant Hire of Skibbereen.
The pre-qualification process for the construction contract for the new building for the arts has been completed, the tender process for the contract for construction will be completed in March 2011 and information is available on www.ga.etenders.gov.ie
The new West Cork Arts Centre will provide a quality arts facility and a new social space for the community, enhanced workshop, dance, performance and film club facilities and improved exhibition space and studio spaces for artists. It will continue to focus on the visual arts and provide a centre for excellence in the visual arts at local, national and international levels.
Support for our fundraising activities and ongoing donations to the Building Fund for a new building for the arts for West Cork are vital. See Fund the building for more details.
West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) is developing a new building for the arts in West Cork at the site of Wolfe’s Bakery, off Townshend Street, Skibbereen.
Currently renting the ground floor of the VEC’s Sutherland Building in Skibbereen, on the periphery of the town and with a significant and growing demand for its arts, education and community programmes and services, it is vital that the Centre expands into a purpose-built facility. This expansion will open up an abundance of opportunities, and will have a very positive impact on the aesthetic, cultural, social, economic and educational fabric of the region.
The new arts space will provide a quality arts facility and a new social space for the community, enhanced workshop, dance, performance and film club facilities and improved exhibition space and studio spaces for artists. It will continue to focus on the visual arts and provide a centre for excellence in the visual arts at local, national and international levels.
WCAC has put together a team of professionals to support the work and has completed an Architectural Design Competition with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) which was won by Donaghy + Dimond Architects, Dublin. Full planning has been achieved and enabling works to demolish Wolfe's Bakery on site have taken place. Construction works are planned to begin in 2012 with completion in 2014.
Throughout the fundraising process, WCAC has received huge support for this project from the local community; the business community; education and community-based groups and organisations; town, county and national public representatives; other arts and cultural organisations in the region and of course, from artists and practitioners.