An exciting new vision of how a new community art gallery in Beverley could look has been made public, with those behind the plan saying they have received widespread support for the idea.
The New Walkergate Gallery, which would be sited at the old NFU building, would be an exciting new venue to showcase top artistic talent from around the region
An artist’s impression of the proposed gallery, depicts a rendered front facade with large glass windows with meeting rooms on the ground floor and gallery space on the first floor.
David Simpson, who is behind the project, wants to create a new white space gallery in the town, providing a destination to rival those in many major cities. David has held meetings with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Beverley MP Graham Stuart who have both lent their support to the idea.
David said: “It’s all about keeping momentum behind the project and we have not had one negative reaction to the plan.
“It would take in the region of £50-100,000 to get the project off the ground and we are now at the stage where we need a commercial benefactor to help us.
“We have held meetings with two foundations who may be willing to help us but they would like to see a degree of commercial backing before they can get behind it.
“This will be a registered charity organisation and it is essential that we get support from the community, it’s not something we will be able to do without that support.”
David says Hull being named European Capital of Culture in 2017 provides Beverley with the chance to gain a real boost from tourism and attractions such as this would draw people to the town.
In order to attract investment, David says he needs to show he has the backing of the community and is encouraging people to write letters of support for the idea to him at 12A Saturday Market, Beverley, Hu17 8BB or visit www.newwalkergategallery. wordpress.com to express your support.