£30,000 gallery garden gets given the go-ahead

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A TOWN centre art gallery is to present visitors with a new picture-perfect view - thanks to the opening of a new garden.

The Point in South Parade has won a £30,000 grant to develop a garden which will give the building’s outdoor facilities a much needed revamp.

Duncan Robertshaw, co-director at Darts which runs the gallery, said: “We can at last transform the gallery garden into an area for the public to enjoy, with attractive planting, screening, seating and artworks.

“We also plan to install a canopy so the area can be used in all kinds of weather.”

The garden plan has been made possible thanks to a £30,000 funding boost from the SITA Trust.

Previously, visitors have looked through gallery windows to be met with sights including steep banks and rubble-strewn soil.

A lack of seating has also meant the area is inaccessible for visitors.

Duncan added: “It’s a disappointing backdrop to our light, contemporary gallery space and the car park beyond is uninspiring to say the least.”

Artists are looking forward to the new space and visual artist Kate Sully said: “An outdoor workshop space that enhances a feeling of wellbeing, encourages reflection, and allows for therapeutic creative experience, will respond to the needs of many of our client groups, particularly those with mental health needs.”

Marek Gordon. CEO and chairman of the SITA Trust, added: “We are delighted to have been able to support this. SITA funding has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”