Work of art takes shape

WORK is progressing well on the new 'Creative Code' building at Gorey School of Art on the Mary Ward Lane in Gorey.

WORK is progressing well on the new 'Creative Code' building at Gorey School of Art on the Mary Ward Lane in Gorey.

The builder, Drumore Construction from Annagh recently completed work on the ground floor level, and block work has begun on the first floor. 'We're in the eighth week of work now,' said School of Art Director Paul Carter. 'It's going really well and everything is on track for the official opening towards the end of May or early June.'

Access to the site down the narrow lane is described as 'a bit tricky' but all materials needed have been brought down the lane. Paul said that they made a point of using a local building company and local suppliers such as Liam Brennan Hardware and Casey Concrete.

The project is financed by a grant of €150,000 from Wexford Local Development and The Department of the Environment's National Development Plan 2007 to 2013.

An additional €60,000 has been raised locally, but more funds are needed. Paul said they need to raise around €20,000, and fundraising events are ongoing.

Gorey Little Theatre recently hosted a revival of its August play 'Our Day Out' in support of the project, and a big thank you was sent to the Theatre Group and its cast and crew for their help, as well as all those who turned out in support of the gala evening.

Supporters can also donate through the website.

'The new development will provide an important centre for creative digital media training, as well as an exhibition centre for various events in the town,' said Paul. 'We'll also be able to expand on our successful summer school, which had to cap numbers at 80 children aged from 6 to 14 last summer.'

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