Arts organisation in Bury St Edmunds revamps its centre

Mark Westley Photography'Artheads Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre reopens after refurbishment. ANL-141120-091006001
Mark Westley Photography'Artheads Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre reopens after refurbishment. ANL-141120-091006001
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A centre in Bury St Edmunds which provies a drug and alcohol free environment for people with addiction and mental health problems to take part in art has undergone a much-needed revamp.

Artheads, based in the basement of Bury Leisure Centre, was described by its volunteers as ‘dingy’ and ‘unloved’, far from the creative atmosphere they wanted to provide to members.

However, following the refurbishment the space is bigger and brighter, providing a better environment for its art and music activities.

Volunteer Deborah Martin said: “We were making do with limited space. Now it is brighter and more welcoming.”

Fellow volunteer Ceri Dry said: “Before the whole space looked really unloved. Now it is really practical, contemporary, and feels so spacious.”

The original space was opened out and a previously unusable area was cleared, providing more room for volunteerse to run workshops.

More storage space has been constructed, new lights fitted and the whole space has been repainted.

Ceri hopes the refurbishment, masterminded by project manager Margaret Lee, will encourage more people to use their services.

“Everybody benefits from being here, volunteers and staff,” she said.

“It is a good opportunity for people who have lost their confidence to rebuild it and progress into the workplace.”

The organisation is holding an open day on November 28, showcasing artwork from some of its members, in its revamped exhibition space.