A NEW art gallery has opened in downtown Andover after receiving a financial boost from City Council.
Unity Art is a new gallery and studio located in the Chantry Center, taking up residence in the vacant unit that housed the Animal clothing store.
It was started by artist Caroline Perkins who received a Â£ 1,000 independent retailer grant from the Test Valley Borough Council.
Caroline’s experience is working in children’s services for a local authority in Cornwall which involved a lot of community involvement. She holds a Fine Arts degree from the Winchester School of Art and wanted to create gallery space for Hampshire artists while developing a studio space where artists can be seen at work. The community is welcome to use the space and they are working closely with the Arts Council Manager, the Test Valley Arts Foundation and the Andover Chapel Arts Studio to enable this.
Caroline said: âI am delighted to realize a long-standing ambition that combines the interests of art and community engagement. My favorite field is multimedia, combining painting and printing, model making and installation. I am grateful to the council for the grant, it is a real boost.
Councilor Iris Anderson, who presented the check to Caroline, said: âThis is a fantastic company and I am delighted that Caroline is realizing her ambition with the creation of Unity Arts, and her passion to bring art into the world. community is an asset for the city. I wish him the best of luck for the future.
As part of the council’s strategy to support downtown Andover and Romsey, the Independent Retailer Grant is available to encourage new independent retailers to fill vacant spaces.
These funds have become available to the community due to careful investment in counseling, financial management, and the use of the premium for new homes.
For more information on the council’s grant programs, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk