Vote the Art House

The Art House is appealing for online votes to help secure a £10,000 donation.
The Wakefield based visual arts and disability charity has been shortlisted for the Yorkshire Building Society’s Lasting Legacy Fund and would use the much-needed funds to develop The Reading Room within its Drury Lane Library development.

Preserving the original features and ethos of this beautiful space - a room within a grade II listed building originally built in 1905 - The Art House will create a fully-accessible and unique resource for those with physical, mental and sensory disabilities that will bring artists, communities and audiences together.

The Art House is one of just 30 charities in with a chance of winning a slice of £150,000 as part of Yorkshire Building Society’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Members of the public have until Friday 31 October to vote for their favourite three causes online, with the 15 most popular projects each receiving a slice of the £150,000 pot.

Angela Galvin, Project Director at The Art House comments:

We are thrilled that The Reading Room has been shortlisted alongside so many fantastic projects for the Yorkshire Building Society Lasting Legacy Fund public vote.

We have a strong vision for a space that will preserve and celebrate the past whilst creating a resource for disabled artists and visitors that will be used long into the future.

The historical features of this space, such as the pre-war tiling, oak shelving and imposing librarian’s desk will be complemented by up-to-the-minute resources and fully accessible facilities for established and emerging artists.

 “We hope that local people will feel inspired to help us to make a real difference to our community by voting for The Reading Room project online.”

Yorkshire Building Society’s Corporate Responsibility Manager Pauline Giroux, said:

“We are proud to commemorate our milestone anniversary by helping charities make a positive difference in their communities.

“We were very impressed with The Art House’s project and placed it on the final shortlist for the benefits it could deliver. It’s now down to the public to vote for the three projects which they feel will provide the biggest lasting legacy for local communities.”

Supporters can vote for The Art House online by visiting www.ybs.co.uk/legacy and selecting The Creative Art House - restoration of reading room from the list. Voting closes on 31 October 2014.