The Campus Development Board approved an Arts Policy to include promotion of the role of the arts in forward planning.
- An enhanced physical environment – by art on walls and sculpture in the landscape; beautiful planting; well designed furniture and signage; sympathetic colour schemes; good materials; architectural design and layout; beautiful places to walk, run, cycle and sit
- Increased wellbeing because art can – bring on a smile or frown; make you calm; positively arouse emotions; get people interested in new things; tap into unknown talents; involve those who are disengaged; be beautiful to look at or feel
- Community engagement across the generations, genders and abilities – working with schools and youth club to get young people designing and creating; elderly people expressing themselves; those who are excluded finding a voice; people finding a different focus to everyday life; beautiful new relationships formed
- Support for local art organisations and artists – building on the interest already shown by organisations such as Art Link and The Cut money will be sought to commission art pieces and group projects so creating beautiful art for the Campus
In the Skills Centre, evening classes in “Computing for the timid”, Digital photography, and Sugarcraft/cake decoration, began with good attendance.
Big January storms damaged the fencing around part of the Campus site. Thankfully, the Apollo youth club organisers took quick remedial action to help ensure safe access to their building. In February work squads from the Community Payback scheme removed the fencing and did substantial clean-up work on site.