The former art college, near St George’s Minster, has been rebranded C-view. Its grand entrance, with foundation stones laid in 1913, will re-open and the building re-launched on Monday 1st May at 4pm.
It is one of the ‘jewels in Doncaster’s crown’ of landmark buildings in and around the town centre. Many of these have fallen into neglect and disrepair, some as we know have been demolished. No such fate for C-view.
Owned since 2009 by Doncaster Central Trust – a community interest company, dedicated to benefit the residents of central Doncaster – “we have been working away behind the scenes to save this lovely old building for the community”, says Chair of the Trust board David Hughes.
“We secured funds early on to repair the roof and replace many of the windows, also to prepare the inside for further work”, says David. “Now we are renovating it room-by room on the basis of demand. This benefits the local economy, employing local tradespeople such as Jim Pinder of Buttercross Construction, as well as creating meeting and events space for local people.”
Two new tenants, joining a growing band of creative digital companies based at C-view are eSales Hub and Unbloq, joining Limitless who have been at C-view since 2016. French multinational company Sodexo also rents a suit of offices, serving as its Local Management Centre, and a Community Rehabilitation facility, to deliver the Probation Service contract.
Exhibitions of the work of two locally based fine art painters, Adam Berry and Katrina Sadrak, will mark the opening. “The Trust has supported local artists and writers, musicians and filmmakers, whenever we can,” says Chief Executive, Ben McCall. “These two modern painters are making work locally for major shows in England and overseas. They are internationally recognised, but remain a well-kept secret here. Adam has a studio at C-view, alongside well-known local painter Terry Chipp who has an open studio on the night. Undeveloped parts of C-view are regularly used as a set by film makers and photographers.”
The art shows will continue for two weeks after the opening on 1st May, viewing by arrangement.
For further information, please visit: www.c-view.org.uk.