No dosh for gloss at new art complex

Ambitious project: Westgate Chambers.
Ambitious project: Westgate Chambers.
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ROTHERHAM’S first ever independent art complex is set to be opened this month, The Diary can reveal - assuming, that is, bosses can beg a few pots of paint.

The ambitious £100,000 project to transform S60’s empty Grade II listed Westgate Chambers into a gallery, studio and performance centre will be officially unveiled on November 30.

But budget constraints mean there’s no dosh for gloss.

“There was a problem with strengthening the lift well which only became apparent after work started,” says Karen Sherwood, who is leading the project through Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance. “That meant we had to cut into our budget which means we’re now asking if there’s anyone out there who can donate paint.

“We need white gloss, white undercoat, white mat emulsion, dark grey floor paint and polyurethane varnish.”

Oh, and the Westgate complex also needs a fridge - “that can be any colour, though,” notes 42-year-old Karen, who also runs Cupola Gallery in Middlewood Road, Hillsborough.

There are still two studios available for rent in the complex. If interested, or to help, email