After a year of fundraising for exciting new development plans, local staff and volunteers of Banchory-based arts centre, the Barn, are celebrating the successful outcome of their fundraising drive to deliver so far, over £200k for some well needed improvements to this popular community resource.
As well as improving the foyer and box office areas, the team will be creating a new craft shop and workshop space that will showcase local makers and also help raise much needed income for the arts charity itself.
Barn Director, Lorraine Grant says – “with the support of LEADER European funding, public donations from local residents and grants from Aberdeenshire Council and we are now in the exciting position of being able to deliver new visitor services and improvements to our community facility.
The creation of a brand-new destination craft and design space will enable us to become even more of a centre for local craft makers, and a space which we hope will be enjoyed by our local visitors as well as attracting tourists.
Most importantly, these new spaces will help the Barn generate new income streams to support the cost of our arts programme, which is vital for small charities such as ourselves in a time of declining public funds. I’d like to thank all our funders, both public and private, for enabling the Barn to make these community enhancements possible in what will be our 25thyear of bringing the arts to Aberdeenshire. “
Works will begin on site in October 2018 with the new craft workshop being scheduled to open in summer 2019. The Barn will be closed to the public during January – March 2019 to allow building works in the foyer and reception to be completed, although a number of offsite events are planned in the community, starting with a Burns Ceilidh in Banchory Town Hall on 25 January 2019.