Arts cafe seeks planning permission to open in Preston city centre

The former shop on the corner of St Wilfred Street could become the place to go in Preston's arts scene

The former shop on the corner of St Wilfred Street could become the place to go in Preston’s arts scene

A cafe looking to bring together artists from across Preston could be opening in the city centre.

Project Korova, an arts collective, have applied for permission to convert a former shop on St Wildfred Street into a restaurant and cafe.

The building in the shadows of Fishergate Baptist Church could become a hotbed for the creative types in Preston.

Sam Buist, of Project Korova and organiser of the Preston Tringe Festival, explained: “There are many reasons that we have decided to launch this new venue. Firstly was a desire to build a space in Preston city where local artists can create their own work, and develop their skills. We also want to harness a community of artists that support each other and develop their work.

“But we also wanted to give the people of Preston a different evening time offer. Through focus group work we discovered a lot of people feel the only night on offer in Preston was a drinking one. We aim to create a culture where people feel they can go out and see a play or an art house film, or just drink a coffee or a tea. The offer of alcohol will be there of having an alcoholic drink – but that won’t be the focus.”

Mr Buist said they wanted to offer a range of different events in the venue, from ecclectic cabaret, to theatre nights and comedy nights.

The plans have been lodged with the city council and residents are invited to make comments via the city council website.

Or you can email devcon@preston.gov.uk quoting reference number 06/2013/0082 by Friday 9 March 2013.

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