Council to explore options to revive Netherton Arts Centre

COUNCIL bosses are exploring options to “inject new life” into historic Netherton Arts Centre which has not hosted a show since the pandemic.

Councillor Shaun Keasey, Dudley Council’s cabinet member for digital, customer and commercial services, wants to explore all options to revive and re-invent the arts centre in Northfield Road.

He believes the site has potential to become a successful community venue able to offer more intimate events and support smaller acts and emerging local and regional talent.

It could complement Dudley and Stourbridge Town Halls and ensure the borough has a range of venues to attract art and culture to the area.

Council staff are carrying out a condition report to assess how much investment might be needed to reinvigorate the site, to enable artists to have the facilities required, and to provide facilities that customers would require to have a fantastic experience. 

Previously, it was home to Dudley Performing Arts and local theatre groups including Dudley Little Theatre.

Cllr Keasey said: “Netherton Arts Centre is a classic Victorian building, in the heart one of our local communities.

“From the outset, we must acknowledge this is a building in need of some TLC, but I want us to explore all options to see how we can inject new life into this historic venue for the benefit of local people whilst at the same time, generating a commercial return for Dudley Council.

“We’re currently assessing what’s possible and talking to local groups about their experience of using the building.

“We are in the very early stages of this work and some funding may need to be identified.”

If anyone would like to share ideas on the future use of Netherton Arts Centre they can email nac@dudley.gov.uk

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