The Maker's Village is the only venue of its kind in Scotland. It provides Artist Studio's, Performance Space, Gallery and Bistro all on one site, yet the reach is greater across Forth Valley and the whole of Scotland.
The project so far....
In 2010 as part of the Council Regeneration project Imagine Alloa the Mulraney Group purchased the site and developed a number of studio spaces. In 2011 Art'N'Mind (trading arm of Reachout with Arts in Mind) applied for funding to establish a training Gallery Bistro and in November 2012 the programme started trading. Finally, in early 2012 a partnership (Art'N'Mind, Mulraney Group, Kingscavil Associates) was established to apply for funding to develop the site and provide a support infrastructure for the Creative Industries in Forth Valley and across the whole of Scotland. In late September 2012 Creative Scotland announced the success of the application.
The site was developed first in 1854 as the site of an annexe of Alloa Academy.
The above pictures are provided by George Lammie (Copywright)
The Current Phase
"The Maker's Village" project is to establish on the existing site new space, better utilise existing areas and provide energy efficient buildings for rent or short term lets. In addition the project is focussed on providing ongoing support for the artists on site and in the wider community.
There are two phases, the first being a feasibility study and design, the second phase is the site development and putting in place the support infrastructure.
The project now has a patron, Lys Hansen, to support the planned work and activity assisiting and advising on the vision and strategy. To find out more about Lys click on her BIOGRAPHY or visit the artists page to see an image of her work at the RSA Gallery.