Plans have been announced for a new £3.2 million arts centre for children in North Wales.
The purpose-built facility in Bangor will be the new home for young people’s theatre company Frân Wen.
Located in the former St Mary’s Church on Garth Road, the company aims to use the centre to “give children and young people equal access to the creative arts to inspire them to flourish and reach their potential”.
The creative hub, which will be called Nyth (Nest), will include rehearsal, workshop and small-scale performance spaces to be used for a range of arts activities.
Having purchased the site, Frân Wen will now invite architects to develop plans to transform the church in line with its vision and hold public consultations on the proposals.
The design and development stage has secured financial support from the Arts Council of Wales, the Welsh government’s Targeted Regeneration Investment Programme and the Architectural Heritage Fund.
Funding for the redevelopment work is to be confirmed, and is expected to come from a combination of sources including Lottery, private investment and donations.
The design and development stage is estimated to take 12 months, after which a further timeline will be announced.
Chairman of the Frân Wen board Irfon Jones said: “The concept of Nyth is based on collaboration and will allow Frân Wen to flourish artistically and develop new partnerships in order to promote the transformative power of the arts in areas such as health and well-being and creative learning.
“The arts is a vital part of the fabric and vigour of our communities and at a time when spaces and opportunities for young people in particular are limited, we’re looking to create a safe place to nurture and support them at such a crucial time in their lives.”
Earlier this week, Frân Wen announced the appointment of Gethin Evans as its new artistic director.