Future of Clocktower Arts – Croydon
Our friends at The Clocktower Arts Centre in Croydon have got in touch to tell us that are at risk of possible closure or massive cuts, along with their Arts Participation due to government cuts.
Croydon council is considering five options for the future of the Arts Service in Croydon. These options range from keeping everything the same (saving no money) to cutting almost all service functions.
Options 3 and 4 will affect the Arts Participation function (summarised on the attached as “Clocktower arts participation activities for young people, people with learning disabilities, refugees and schools”). As you know Arts Participation at The Clocktower delivers a range of projects including Club Soda events run by people with learning disabilities, IGNITE arts events run by and for young people, Perpanata a theatre company for young refugees, as well as year round opportunities for local schools to workshop with some of the UK’s most exciting theatre and arts companies.
If Arts Participation in Croydon were cut it would mean:
* No more Club Soda
* No more IGNITE
* No more Perpanata
* No other arts participation projects for people to take part in run by the Council. No further support for local artists or performers who work with Clocktower Arts.
It is highly likely that these cuts will also mean no David Lean Cinema, no theatre, music or comedy at The Clocktower Arts Centre and no Croydon Summer Festival. There will also be less exhibition spaces and no museum education programme.
You have until January 6th to put your comments and suggestions to the Council’s Cabinet. I strongly urge you to have your say by completing the attached form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or dropping it off at any library or council building or complete the questionnaire online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/arts-and-heritage-consultation <https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/arts-and-heritage-consultation>
Clocktower Arts are friends of Heavy Load and do a great job. Without them a lot of people will lose the opportunity to participate in the arts in south London and we don’t need to tell you how important music, film and the arts to all of us. It’ll be easy to cut it but it’ll be difficult to ever replace it.
So please click on the links above and make your concerns known. It’s vital that people with learning disabilities have every opportunity to express themselves creatively and change the world around them in the process.