THE soon-to-be re-launched Brewhouse Arts Centre has a bright future at the heart of the community.
That's the verdict of the chief executive of Derby's QUAD arts centre as its plans for the Burton venue are about to be put in place.
QUAD, which has become a major focus for creative activity in Derby since it opened in 2008, was brought in by East Staffordshire Borough Council to advise on giving The Brewhouse a new lease of life. It made several recommendations to the authority and, on September 4, The Brewhouse will be re-launched with a new autumn programme taking into account those views.
An experienced arts programmer has been brought in to help bring more music, comedy and performance events to the venue to complement its already strong amateur dramatic offering.
QUAD also sees the Brewhouse's cafe-bar as a key hub for community activity that can be used to galvanise interest in the venue and spark creativity. It has agreed to manage the cafe-bar for an initial six months, with hopes that it may turn into a long-term relationship.
Adam Buss, the chief executive of QUAD, said: "The idea was to make some recommendations based on our past experience of building an arts venue from scratch to where it is now but we also wanted to take into account Burton as a place. The idea is not to build a QUAD mark two but to make sure the idea of The Brewhouse and it being at the heart of Burton are front and centre. People have a real connection to the venue but want to see more activity. What we are saying now is that The Brewhouse is open for business and there's lots of exciting activity going forward."