Stockport will become a world leader in digital arts

March 15, 2022

Stockport Council has been awarded a £2.63m grant for a creative campus in Stockport town centre.

The grant, awarded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and delivered by Arts Council England, will help implement a three-year city center revitalization program – transforming the rich historic center in Stockport’s heritage into a leading, sustainable digital arts centre. district.

The funding is part of a share of nearly £50million in funding to galleries, museums, libraries and cultural venues across the country, which will improve people’s access to the arts and safeguard cultural assets for generations future.

The project will be led by Stockport Council, Manchester Metropolitan University and MadLab (a Manchester-based digital innovation organisation).

“Stockport is in the process of moving and we are open for business. This will undoubtedly provide a real boost to the local economy, which will benefit residents and future generations for years to come. Additionally, our projects will repurpose several buildings in the city center and create an ‘ecosystem’ of creative businesses, bringing more people to Stockport and creating a thriving, creative community.”

–Councillor Elise Wilson

Head of Stockport Council

Revive empty properties in Stockport

The program also aims to support the conversion and reuse of empty properties to help create a cluster of digital creative businesses that will drive broader economic growth.

The award will also support training and engagement, building skills for the future, and ensuring inclusiveness and access to digital art activities.

The proposed creative campus will include a “closely-knit cluster” of production, community engagement and inspirational audience-facing spaces located in Old Town Stockport.


Cllr Elise Wilson, Head of Stockport Council, said: “This is fantastic news, and this award shows our huge ambition for Stockport as we again provide funding to further complement all the excellent work already underway in the downtown. Stockport is moving and we are open for business. It will undoubtedly provide a real boost to the local economy, which will benefit residents and future generations for years to come.

“In addition to this, our projects will repurpose several downtown buildings and create an ‘ecosystem’ of creative businesses, bringing more people to Stockport and creating a thriving, creative community. I look forward to working with Manchester Metropolitan University and MadLab moving forward. »

Professor Martyn Evans, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University, added: “Creative industries are already a vital part of the regional economy and the university is delighted to part of an initiative that will stimulate creativity and entrepreneurial activity in Stockport.

“This is an opportunity for our design experts to help provide the skills the citizens of Stockport will need if they wish to develop a career in the creative sector and also opens up opportunities to work with more established businesses on innovative research and knowledge exchange activities.”

Image: A photograph of Stockport Underbanks. Image Credit: Stockport Council

Article written by Ella Tansley | Posted on March 15, 2022

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