Cultural centre for young people to open at Preston’s Guild Hall

Vision: Curious Minds, which is moving into the unit formerly occupied by the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Preston Guild Hall
Vision: Curious Minds, which is moving into the unit formerly occupied by the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in Preston Guild Hall
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A project to help youngsters into arts and culture is to move into Preston’s Guild Hall arcade this year.

Curious Minds is set to move its head office to the city-centre venue in November, to help make Preston a “major cultural destination”.

If we want to make this a centre for arts and leisure for Lancashire, there’s no one better.

Simon Rigby

And leaders have described the news as a “real coup” for the city and for the Guild Hall, hoped to become an oasis of art and leisure.

Derri Burdon, chief executive of Curious Minds, said: “Curious Minds is proud to be moving our head office into the impressive Guild Hall. We share Preston Council’s and Simon Rigby’s ambition to position the city as a major cultural destination. Our plans include the development of a cultural education partnership for Preston, and we look forward to working with partners across the city to ensure children and young people get access to the very best arts and culture.”

The organisation is funded by Arts Council England to act as a “bridge” between the education and cultural sectors.

It aims to ensure every young person has the opportunity to experience arts and culture, and gets the support they need to take their creative talents to the next level.

Simon Rigby, owner of the Guild Hall, said: “If we want to make this a centre for arts and leisure for Lancashire, there’s no one better.

“They are the centre for arts for children in the north west, and it’s helping the Guild Hall get itself on the map as being very much alive and well.” He added: “This is a major landmark for our ambitions to make the Guild Hall the centre for Arts in Lancashire. I would like to thank Preston Council for their help in securing this milestone.”

Council leader Peter Rankin said: “It is a real coup to welcome Curious Minds in Preston. As a major gateway for Arts funding in the North West, this puts Preston right at the centre of arts funding for the whole of the North West.”