Do you live on Bute? Do you care about the future of Rothesay Pavilion? Then get yourself along to an open evening this week to have your say on the development of the iconic seafront building.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Pavilion team, along with members of the building’s recently-formed Creative Community Steering Group, will host the drop-in event at the Pavilion cafe from 5.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday, March 20.
There will be a range of themed tables set out for sharing ideas on the current proposals for the Pavilion and on the next stages of the project, as well as for discussion on a number of related themes.
Those attending the event will also have the chance to go on a guided tour of the famous building - including a sneak peek into a few nooks and crannies rarely, if ever, seen in the public eye.
A design scheme and a business plan have been drawn up to transform the Pavilion into a nationally significant cultural centre and visitor attraction - a proposal which won a ‘stage one’ funding award of £103,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November 2012.
That money will be used to work up a bid for a much larger ‘stage two’ HLF award of £2.7 million.
The Pavilion’s restoration, along with the Townscape Heritage Initiative project in Rothesay town centre, forms the local contribution to Argyll and Bute Council’s CHORD project - part of a wider regeneration programme for Argyll and Bute’s five major towns of Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.
In addition to the March 20 open day, the ‘cultural Hit Team’ from HI~Arts will visit Bute on March 20 and 21 to provide creative and cultural advice and help build a local network for the continued exchange of creative ideas, placing the refurbished Pavilion as the heart of Bute’s cultural and community life.
The HI~Arts team will also be available for bookable one-to-one surgeries of 30 minutes each during the visit, for anyone with a professional interest in visual arts and crafts, writing and publishing, music, planning and running events, marketing and developing audiences, or the national arts and heritage context in general.
Anyone wishing to book a one-to-one surgery can do so via the HI~Arts web site (click on the link to the right of this article), while HI~Arts hopes to return later in the year to deliver a crafts and visual arts networking event.
The Pavilion is owned and operated by Argyll and Bute Council. Built in 1938 and designed to be a public building to host dances, functions and conferences, as well as to provide sports facilities for both the summer and winter populations.