HOPES are high a new gallery could transform part of Bognor Regis town centre into a new cultural quarter.
The Cloudhopper Gallery and Workshop is set to open as the town’s first dedicated visual arts centre and those behind it are keen to see it put the area’s artistic talent on the map.
Nick Hopper, a member of Community Arts Bognor Regis (CABR), the group driving the gallery, said he hoped the gallery could act as an artistic hub.
“Our hope is that the new gallery and workshop will transform that part of the town into a cultural quarter with this as a hub,” said Nick.
“This is something the town has never really had before – a dedicated place were artists can showcase their work,” he added.
The gallery will rely on volunteers and members of CABR to run it.
It will initially open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am–4pm.
Su Cloud said: “As we are all volunteers we don’t want to over-stretch ourselves.
“We would rather be open regular hours we can manage.
“As we become more established we can look at extending them.
“This will very much be a taster year.”
The premises will boast a mixture of exhibition and retail space with a dedicated workshop for creative seminars and programmes.
It is hoped it will be ready for a grand opening in early June.
Su said she hoped the centre would encourage residents to get more involved.
“As we will be running the business as non-profit, every penny we make will go back into it.
“This will allow us to continue putting on community workshops.
“We want to look to engage with as many members of the community as possible,” she said.