The Arts Centre

New Arts Centre for City of Liverpool Community College

This 8 million Arts Centre was opened by the Right Honourable David Blunkett MP, Secretary of State for Education and Employment on 8th March. It is built on the site of the former Royal Children's Hospital on Myrtle Street.

With 800,000 square metres of space it is not only the largest building of its kind in the UK but is also the only FE centre which covers the full spectrum of the arts. Music and technology, dance, drama, art and design, graphics, fashion and clothing, photography and professional media make up the 60 courses offered here.

More than 1,300 students will study with about 100 staff and ultimately students will be able to pick and mix their own arts programme right across the menu.

Courses have moved into the new centre from the Greenbank, Clarence Street and Hope Street Centres which have all been closed.

More than l million has already been spent on new state of the art equipment and several arts industry organisations are interested in investing in further resources.

The centre will complement the other arts institutions in the Hope Street quarter - Liverpool JMU Art department, LIPA, the Everyman, the Unity Theatre and the Philharmonic.

The delighted principal of Liverpool Community College, Wally Brown said,

"I am keen to open up this magnificent building for community use and we are already making plans to do so. The Saturday morning music club, run by the city council will be based at the centre from now on."

Article from 'Talking Toxteth', the Granby-Toxteth Partnership newspaper