News from the new operators of Hornsey Town Hall. The arts operators, Time+Space Co, are set to launch a consultation to enable residents to have their say in how the Town Hall and Arts Centre will be used come 2020/2021. We learn, –
The developers of Hornsey Town Hall are launching a community-wide consultation to ensure that local people have their say in how the Town Hall will be used as an Arts Centre post-redevelopment. Participants can sign up online and answer a series of questions about how they envisage their local town hall will operate in the future, before participating in a series of community workshops which will take place over the autumn.
and no project is complete without a specialist consultant, –
The Audience Agency, a charity specialising in cultural insight for cultural organisations, has been commissioned to carry out an initial survey both online and offline into local trends, interests and preferences presenting their initial findings when first part of consultation work is completed.
The official Community Use and Access Steering Group is set to follow.
HTH Supper Room (interior photos: Dan Bridge)
In the meantime, we’re in for another period of interim use at HTH – many of the small businesses are still inhabiting the pile, a few events are planned, and the street foody KERB people will be launching a Saturday market on Saturday August 25th on the Square. We’re not sure what we reckon the impact of the market will be (we’re watching), or whether it will be a success, but good to see they’re talking to some of the local traders, …
So, much to be welcomed with the consultation, and good they should start with a little data gathering. The Time+Space Co. seem genuine in their willingness to address the ‘community’ brief, and the Audience Agency seem to be the real deal too.
A problem the Agency may face is consultation fatigue (how many have there been over the years?), and a little residual suspicion. Which would be a pity. This thing is now likely to go ahead, so this is actually the one occasion where you’d see a result. An occasion for a little constructive engagement then – we’ll see you at those workshops in September, October and November.
CENF have commented previously on the sale and the constraints faced by the new arts centre, not least in the interior spaces available. But if they can shoehorn everything in and still run a decent performance and hospitality space all the better. This is a far-reaching opportunity for Crouch End, and that long overdue (and expensive) restoration of the grade II* building could put us on the map. Let’s hope the hotel and the arts centre live up to the billing.
Keep an eye on the new HTH Arts Centre website for details – www.hthartscentre.com (and the HTH Arts Centre twittery). The Forum aim to keep an eye on the development, the restoration, the impact on the local economy, and the arts centre. Let us know what you think.
BTW – Did you know Crouch End has the most significant night-time economy across Haringey and a sizeable swathe of north London? You’re in Camden Town before encountering anything more substantial. Maybe the HTH Arts Centre is on to a good thing.
A heatmap of Haringey’s licensed premises. You’ll note Crouch End.
HTH PRESS RELEASE, 13th August 2018
Consultation to give local people their say in the future of the iconic Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre
• The Arts Operators The Time + Space Co. and developers Far East Consortium are set to launch a local consultation to enable residents to have their say in how the Town Hall and Arts Centre will be used
• A consultation and workshops will take place in the autumn and will form part of the plan to keep local people at the heart of Hornsey’s story as it transitions into an exciting new era
• Objective is to understand the local demand, to address the needs of local community, also identifying key talent and skills gaps in Haringey
• People wishing to participate in the online survey and workshops can pre-register their interest now at www.hthartscentre.com
The developers of Hornsey Town Hall are launching a community-wide consultation to ensure that local people have their say in how the Town Hall will be used as an Arts Centre post-redevelopment. Participants can sign up online and answer a series of questions about how they envisage their local town hall will operate in the future, before participating in a series of community workshops which will take place over the autumn. The Audience Agency, a charity specialising in cultural insight for cultural organisations, has been commissioned to carry out an initial survey both online and offline into local trends, interests and preferences presenting their initial findings when first part of consultation work is completed.
The Arts Centre, which has been dubbed ‘North London’s new Barbican’, stands to become a leading arts and culture destination after developers Far East Consortium stepped in to save the historic building from Heritage England’s’ At Risk Register. Having partnered with urban regeneration specialists The Time + Space Co, the Town Hall is now set for a £30 million cash injection that will see the iconic Hall restored to its former glory.
Now the developers are calling on Crouch End and Haringey residents to have their say on the future of the Arts Centre by launching a series of surveys which will invite residents to give their opinions about the types of entertainment they’d like to see take place at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre as well as what facilities they would like to be able to use at the venue.
After the survey has taken place, the data will be collated and local people will be invited to discuss the operational plans and contribute their ideas on how Hornsey Town Hall can best serve the local community at a series of workshops which will take place at the Town Hall whereby the cluster of creative businesses already working onsite can profile their work with visitors and vice versa to drive collaboration between like-minded people in the borough of Haringey.
Piers Read, managing partner of ‘The Time + Space Co’ said, “When we were appointed as the Arts operator of Hornsey Town Hall, we pledged to engage with the rich and diverse communities of Haringey. The local community have always had an important part to play in Hornsey Town Halls story, and we want to understand what people want to happen at their local Arts Centre.
We feel that by working with The Audience Agency on this consultation, it will inform us on the arts and cultural landscape in the local area. Beyond what we already know, the research undertaken will provide a platform that will ensure we are able to capture what local people want to see at the Arts Centre. Their work will highlight the demands and, most importantly will address the needs of local people so we are encouraging everyone to get involved.”
The Audience Agency added: “We are proud to partner with The Time + Space Co to undertake this exciting piece of research. Through this thorough and objective work, the Town Hall and Arts Centre will be able to understand the real needs and interests of local people, thereby ensuring that its future offer is driven by what the community and residents want. We are thrilled to be part of this process.”
The body of work carried out by Audience Agency and the resulting workshops will mark the start of a process that will work to ensure community access is guaranteed. Eventually, this process will become administered by a Community Access Steering Group headed up by Read when the building reopens in 2020.
All local residents will be invited to take part in the online survey and workshops onsite. Those wishing to have their say in how their Hornsey Arts Centre is used in the future must pre-register their interest at www.hthartscentre.com. When signing up, users will see five subheadings – community, performance, events, work space and hospitality. Users must select the category which aligns with their ideas for Hornsey Town Hall. They will be invited to contribute their ideas and thoughts via an online survey after registering.
Workshop dates have yet to be announced but are expected to run in the autumn.
The marketing suite at Hornsey Town Hall is now open. For further information about the Hornsey Town Hall project please contact the marketing suite on 020 3960 5888, email [email protected] or visit www.hornsey-townhall.co.uk
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