Ocean Studios: new multi-million South West art space
Work has started on, Ocean Studios, the new multi-million pound artist-lead work space being created at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth and due to open in April 2015.
The £4 million scheme will create high quality artists studios and related facilities in Factory Cooperage, an ex-naval victualling building in Royal William Yard.
Tom Bloxham, chairman and co-founder, Urban Splash said: “We are delighted to see work start on this historic building. I am particularly excited to see a new space developing for artists and the creative industries in Plymouth. Urban splash have a great legacy of supporting the arts up and down the country, artists brings vibrancy, excitement and are yet another brilliant reason to visit the Royal William Yard.”
Leigh Mason, business development director of Ocean Studios said: “This is a really exciting moment – the start of Ocean Studios’ build. We are looking forward to seeing its smooth completion and in the meantime will be looking for artists and organisations to help support the project.”
Ocean Studios confirmed in November 2013 that they were to receive funds from the European Regional Development Fund, alongside a commitment from Plymouth City Council to provide a grant from the Investment Fund and to guarantee a loan from the Growing Places Fund, which is administered by Devon County Council. The rest of the budget will be made up from an English Heritage grant and others.
The funds will enable Ocean Studios to create affordable artists’ studios along with an outreach, education and exhibition programme that will lead to over 100 new jobs.
(from a press release)