THE arts community in Burton has almost certainly looked at Derby with envy since QUAD opened its doors in 2008.
That’s not just because the city got a shiny new building offering a showcase for visual arts and cinema but because QUAD has provided a creative spark, igniting a host of projects and initiatives and becoming the place to go to if you have an artistic imagination.
Burton can’t expect, and possibly doesn’t want, a mini version of QUAD but it could use that creative energy and the expertise gained over the last five successful years to breathe new life into the Brewhouse.
Burton’s arts centre has a good town centre location and is already well-loved but there’s no doubt that it could do much more.
That’s why the Mail welcomes the proposed link up between East Staffordshire Borough Council and QUAD.
It might seem like the council is relinquishing control of a town asset but it may still chose to run the Brewhouse itself after a proposed trial period.
So it can’t really lose by getting the help and advice of an organisation that has won national and international plaudits for its arts activities.
QUAD has also been run sensibly as a business and its bosses know that, in these days of austerity, the arts can’t rely any longer on state handouts.
So it seems that the council and the arts community can only gain by exploring a relationship with QUAD.
At the very least it might bring in some fresh ideas but it could also unleash the full potential of the Brewhouse as a creative hub for arts in Burton.