16th June 2004
The Anlaby Road art studios could be reborn as a community arts venue when the proposed sale of the listed building goes ahead.
The University of Lincoln is negotiating the sale of the 100-year-old building to the Northern Theatre Educational Trust, which plans to turn the studios into a school for the performing arts.
The Northern Theatre Educational Trust was founded 28 years ago and has a strong reputation in Hull as the largest performing arts school in the area.
It employs some 25 staff and currently has around 600 students on its books.
If the sale goes ahead the trust will convert part of the listed building into a 163-seat theatre while the rest of the building will become a full-time school and a base for both Leap Dance Company and Northern Theatre Company's touring arm.
The organisation, founded by Richard Green and Bryan Williams, has outgrown its current base on Madeley Street, off Hessle Road, which it has occupied since 1984.
The chairman of the trust, Norman Walker, said: “The building needs to maintain its links with the arts for future generations. Obtaining the building is a vision coming to fruition after two years of hard work.”
Richard Green, co-founder of NTC, said: “I’m really excited about the prospect and the thrill of the new building. We’re hoping for big things and to be able to develop it into a top level academy.”
The proposed sale, which is subject to contract, is supported by Kingston-upon-Hull City Council, Alan Johnson MP and the Hull Civic Society.
Supermarket chain Costcutter has already provided sponsorship for the purchase of the building to the tune of £60,000. The remainder of the money will come from the Heritage Lottery Fund and further support from the business community.
Richard Green and Norman Walker are available for photo opportunities and interviews. Contact: Richard Green (01482) 447417 / 07803 037971
Norman Walker 07880 701004 / 01482 471390
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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager