Artistic vision for Corwen’s future


Shane Brennan

CORWEN may have a bright future as an arts destination which could see the demolition of the town’s pavilion.

The Arts Council of Wales has given a grant of more than £20,000 to the council to look at regenerating the town through art.

These plans could see the redevelopment of the Corwen pavilion.

This project along with a new development at the old Crossville station could see Corwen become a centre for the arts in Wales.

That’s the hope of the town’s councillor Huw Jones.

He said: “Corwen has rich cultural history.

“We were the first hosts of the National Eisteddfod and have had many great events in the pavilion. With these proposals we can make Corwen a cultural centre again.”

The grant will give the council the opportunity to look redeveloping the pavilion as a multi use venue.

It is proposed that the new venue would include space for an artists studio that could be used by Glyndwr University students.

The news coincides with plans to turn the Crossville site into a new arts, crafts and cultural centre for the town.

The arts has been identified as a key to the regeneration by the town in a report produced by Glyndwr University for South Denbighshire Community Partnership.

The report said: “The factors identified as making Corwen a better place refer to more activities for young people, opportunities for larger cultural events and space to provide which is not currently provided for”.

It went on to state: “It is recommended that any future development of community facilities should seek to provide a multi functional facility with flexibility of design to allow for community activities and exhibition space”.

Any new development of the pavilion would see the demolition of the building that stands there now.

This may be problematic as the Save Corwen pavilion group have injunctions against demolition.

Esmor Davies, a member of the group, said: “We are happy to talk with the council, we need to move this on, but we will not do so until our questions are answered.”

In a statement the Arts Council of Wales said: “Re-Imagining Corwen is a project lead by Denbighshire County Council in partnership with a number of organisations covering a broad range of interconnected agendas, for example health and archaeology, working with arts consultants ADDO and artists Camp Little Hope.

“Project Stage one aims to research and develop an arts programme for Corwen linking regeneration, tourism, arts and community development, working with artists at the early stages of planning and development.

“Denbighshire has been successful with an Ideas People Places project, which is looking at the regeneration of Corwen, this does not imply that we are committed to a capital build for the Pavilion at this stage, as this is only research only.”

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