AN enhanced cinema offer and a new cafe/bar are among the visions proposed for a ‘vibrant’ new and improved Brewhouse Arts Centre.
That is according to the chief executive of Derby’s QUAD if proposals for the charitable organisation to take over the operation of the Burton venue are approved.
The Mail revealed yesterday that proposals will go before East Staffordshire Borough Council’s cabinet that could see QUAD enter into a 10-year agreement to run the Brewhouse.
QUAD chief executive Keith Jeffrey said he was ‘excited’ at the possibility.
He told the Mail what why it was so keen to get involved.
He said: “There is already a strong community buy-in at the Brewhouse and it is a really strong asset for Burton that needs reinvigorating and we felt that having had success in Derby we could use some of our experience we have gained.
“The Brewhouse is a great facility with some very strong volunteers there already and we felt we could work with people on the ground to create something quite special for Burton.”
Mr Jeffrey said that the aim was not to create a ‘mini QUAD’ in Burton but the successes of aspects of the Derby facility – such as the renowned cinema – could well play a part in the Brewhouse’s future.
He said: “There is a different set of facilities at Burton but there are similarities.
“Live performances will be an integral part of the Brewhouse’s future I would imagine.
“There is already a cinema programme there and I think we can enhance that.
“We are really interested in working with the Burton and District Arts Council and build on the Brewhouse’s strengths and make it a more vibrant place as it is right at the centre of the town.
“We think if it gets a cafe/bar going and get a really mixed programme of live performance, arts and crafts it can be a really significant facility for Burton and the whole of East Staffordshire.”
Closing Date: 12/09/2013