Arts and media centre plans for library building

AN HISTORIC building in Portishead could be turned into an innovative and creative arts and media centre for the town, according to plans unveiled this week.

The existing library building in High Street will become redundant in the spring when the facility moves to its new home in Horatio House, near to Waitrose.

Members of the community have called for the old building to be retained for community use rather than sold to the highest bidder and now, three filmmakers from Bristol have put forward proposals to help protect its future.

Chris Worthington and two colleagues from Redcliffe Film Productions in Bristol want to help the people of Portishead transform the premises into a media hub.

Chris, a 61-year-old who specialises in the making of short films about community projects, said: “We have looked at the building and believe it could provide a great base and platform for arts and media groups in the town.

“We have the vision but the support and involvement of the people of Portishead in this project is crucial to its success.”

The plans put forward include the formation of a not-for-profit Community Interest Company run by trustees from the community.

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Chris added: “The project would involve film, digital radio, television, photography, art and much more, it depends entirely on what the people of Portishead want. It could benefit both community groups and individuals.”

Initiatives so far discussed include art and photography exhibitions by local artists, writing groups, film making and screenings and even using part of the building as a small museum.

The proposals will be discussed by Portishead Town Council’s recreation and works committee next week and then put before the full town council on March 9.

Chris wants to hear from anyone interested in getting involved and helping the project move forward. He can be contacted by emailing