The Chapel Arts Studio, in St Mary's Chapel in Andover, was formally opened by the Chairman and Board of Trustees of Test Valley Arts Foundation. The Chapel has reopened as a centre for Visual Arts and Crafts, showcasing the finest of Andover's and Test Valley's talents.
The event was organised by the Development Officer of the Test Valley Arts Foundation, Michael Widen, and formally opened by the Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Hibberd, together with the Chairman of the Trustees, Roy Perry. "It was a pleasure to meet David Dixon, who will be leading the Arts Programme at "Chapel Arts" in Andover. David works as an Artist Advisor on the DADA exchange programme, and is a practitioner of the Creative Partnership organisation in the South of England." Chapel Arts is designed to help aspiring artists to develop their careers and also to give this historic building in the grounds of St Mary's Church a new lease of life and can be fully enjoyed by local residents, and used to expand their cultural experiences.
"The building has been transformed since I was here a few months ago, and it is a splendid working environment for local artists." Funding for the project has come from Hampshire County Council, Test Valley Borough Council, Arts Council England South East, The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust, Hampshire Police Authority and local businesses such as Twinings and Testway Housing.