To see the arts café open was a really proud moment for me and for the council. We promised that the arts would play an essential role in the future of the building after the closure of The Public and we’ve delivered on that.
The exhibition we saw last night is called Soho Road To The Punjab – celebrating 50 years of Bhangra music. It’s on until December 17. Thanks to everyone for hosting such a good night with great curry, cakes and coffees.
The café is open to the public and serves drinks, cakes and snacks Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm. The college will also be using it for events and exhibitions.
The café is another string to the bow of this building – which is not just a place of learning, but somewhere to meet and somewhere to be creative.
The council will also be running lifelong learning classes including dress making, yoga and film making from the building, and we’ll have a business support service for new companies and entrepreneurs. The service will also help people who are looking for work.
Now, we truly have a building that is benefiting a lot of people – not only the students, but members of the public, arts groups, local businesses, entrepreneurs and people looking for work.
I have always said that the future use of the building had to be for the many, not the few. I truly believe we’ve achieved that.