Positive meeting held to boost arts in town

Kris Reeder
Kris Reeder

Ambitious plans to help make Banbury the centre of arts provision in North Oxfordshire have moved forward.

A recent story in the Banbury Guardian (December 25), highlighted how professional musician Kris Reeder had been asked to compile a brief report into arts provision by town and district councillor Sean Woodcock.

The pair have since met up in the new year to discuss the proposals, which could include a £90 million multi-purpose international live music and arts venue and a £30 million purpose-built Arts Academy or Free School.

Mr Reeder, who is also director of music at St Leonard’s Church on Middleton Road in Banbury, said: “Sean was extremely positive about the plans and is 100 per cent behind it. These plans are going to be revolutionary for people in north Oxfordshire and the area should become an impressive example for first class arts and culture provision.

“We have got to make sure the proposals are a commercially viable solution.”

The pair also discussed funding issues, which included grants from the European Union and the Arts Council, and an emphasis on developing links with different ethnic communities.

Mr Reeder added another meeting with Mr Woodcock is set to be scheduled in Banbury later this year.