Montrose Playhouse exterior CGI

Crowdfunding for new community cinema proving successful

Montrose Playhouse project leaders are thrilled by the initial response to a crowdfunder set up for people to take a stake in the future of the multi-million pound transformation of the town’s former swimming pool. A milestone day in the history of the cinema and community hub dream delivered a financial return which was twice the level of the group’s expectations, buoying them for the effort to keep the momentum. The busy weekend saw the launch of the project’s new website, branding and crowdfunding options, ranging from buying an engraved…

Read More
Photography students from the Northern School of Art preparing for a show of their work at Empty Shop in Hartlepool. Photograph: Gary Calton/The Observer

‘Meanwhile spaces’: empty shops become a creative force across UK

From hat-makers to carpenters, art centres to gift boutiques, new life is coming to properties abandoned in the retail slump. Meanwhile seems such a bland word. Ostensibly, it is a scrap of time between one event and another. But in every hard-boiled thriller, it is where the real excitement lies: meanwhile, our hero shimmied down the drainpipe; meanwhile, on the other side of town… … there’s an empty shop. Businesses have gone bust. They haven’t been able to pay business rates; they haven’t been able to compete with Amazon; the…

Read More