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Popular pop-up art gallery is shut as new shop prepares to open in Shipley
A popular gallery which pulled in more than 25,000 visitors since opening three years ago has closed because a charity shop is set to take its place.
It opened in Market Square as a ‘pop-up’ shop in June 2010 and was intended to run for 12 months, but proved so popular that it managed to find the resources to remain open for a further two years.
The non-profit gallery was spearheaded by Shipley company Q20 Theatre with a year’s funding from the Arts Council and Bradford Council, and support from Bradford Council’s Town Centre Management and Airedale Partnership and the building’s owner, who let it rent-free.
It was originally intended to be a temporary ‘meanwhile use’ of an empty shop in response to the economic downturn and an increase in vacant units in the town centre.
Scott Vipond-Clarke, of Q20 Theatre, said: “The whole point of us being there was to encourage a genuine retailer back in to the property.
“Charity shops are not 100 per cent what we would have wanted to go in there, but we’re happy that it’s going to be used.”
Exhibitions at the gallery have included local history, business, nature, life and Shipley people and attracted people who may not usually visit galleries.
Director of Q20 Theatre John Lambert said: “It has been a hugely enjoyable venture bringing together professional photographers and creating exhibitions that bring artistic activity into the heart of Shipley. If there is an opportunity to reopen in an alternative location in the future, we will do all we can to bring this jewel back to the town!”
Barry Cooper, of Shipley Town Centre Partnership and Perkins Jewellers, said: “The town centre businesses are sad to see the closure of the hugely successful gallery, and we hope to be able to continue promoting Shipley in the positive way Q20 Theatre has.”
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture said: ”I’m obviously disappointed to see Shipley Focus’d go. Q20 created a lively, cultural space in the town, which we’ve all enjoyed over the last three years. It’s understandable that the landlord wants their space back however I do hope Q20 can find another suitable shop in Shipley and return to the town in the very near future.”
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