3 The Original Idea THE STORE was originally a boarded up shop The original idea was based entirely on self interestThe partners wanted a working studio, a space to stone carve and a small amount of community activity!And one major project a year resulting in an exhibition
4 The Main Actors The Partners Caroline McNairn – artist in residence, exhibition officer, tutor and administratorHugh Collins – sculptor and tutorLorraine Dick Arnott – development officerThe BeneficiariesYoung peopleParentsCommunity of GorebridgeVisitors
5 What attracted us to the area? Proximity to a major cultural centre - EdinburghCost – the size of the spaceProximity of other artistsThe area is rich in historical associationsThe village sits on a hill with spectacular views and the centre of the village is an intact 19th century gemThe idea presented a challenge we couldn’t resist!
8 History of the AreaGorebridge is a rural village lying 10 miles south of Edinburgh with 6,000 inhabitants.Decline of Coal Industry in 60s and 70s. Few local employment opportunities.Closure of railway 1966Bypassed by major roads south of EdinburghGorebridge became associated with THE LACK of minesExpanding commuter population from 1990s
9 The Gallery Secured lease of building February 2003 Restored the buildingProfessional design of ‘THE STORE’ brandFantastic and innovative lighting designIntroduced ourselves to the local community and to Archie Pacey March 2003
10 How the sculpture project happened Windows smashed! NOT A GOOD THING!Young people ‘better in than out’. Willingness to take a risk with young people and to place trust in them.Sandstone, cable drums and stone carvingOne rule – no violenceThe significance of stone carving
11 How the sculpture project has been implemented Planning and work with young people – 9 months, 12 hours each day, 7 days a weekApplications for grant assistance for 1 year pilot projectSetting up of systems from scratchPurchase of stone carving toolsRented space for sculpture workshop
20 Improving the Quality of Life Presence of gallery is a signifierGorebridge has become a DESTINATION againIncreased confidence of young people and parentsIncreased pride of local community in their townProvides a neutral meeting space
21 The Future The Café Gardens of Gorebridge The Gallery ICT Developing links
22 Lessons to be Learned Time and energy involved Getting the budget rightSuccess can bring with it additional problems!
23 The benefits may be surprising Take a risk!The benefits may be surprising