We were really proud to support The Bureau Centre for the Arts by attending their fabulous 2 year celebration weekend. What an amazing group of people dedicated to bringing accessible arts and culture to Blackburn town centre and helping to secure the future of a Grade II listed building at the same time.
As well as celebrating everything they have achieved over the last two years, the event was also about securing support for their ambitious plans to develop the centre further. Local artists kindly donated artworks that were auctioned off to raise funds and many innovative ways to increase support were being considered, including merchandising and time banks.
The crazy karaoke style interview table was one of the highlights and something we will definitely try to enlist for some of our consultations on the Townscape Heritage Project!
And of course, not forgetting the building itself – the Church of St John Evangelist, constructed in 1789 is the oldest surviving building constructed for ecclesiastical purposes in Blackburn town centre. It’s tower, domed copper roof and reed and shuttle weather vane, added in 1802 is a widely recognised landmark and a key part of the town’s visual identity. The building’s architecture is stunning inside and out and well worth a visit. Despite The Bureau’s recent renovation efforts, the building is still in need of significant restoration and we’ll continue to work closely with them to secure the funding needed.
Although St John’s Church is not within the Townscape Heritage area, The Bureau is one of our key partners and will be delivering creative events and activities to support our project over the next five years. Next up will be the ‘Paint the Town’ art competition which they organise annual in September. Watch this space for details.