Arts centre rises from the ashes to find new home

Blackburn’s Bureau Centre for the Arts has found a new base following the devastating fire which destroyed their former home.

The group has moved into the former Thwaites Visitor Centre on Penny Street, Blackburn, close to the previous centre at the Church of St. John the Evangelist.

The fire at the church on April 3rd destroyed much of the Bureau’s work and building will need extensive repairs to be operational again.

Blackburn with Darwen Council, which owns the building, has been supporting the group as it searched for new premises and a suitable new home has been found at the former Daniel’s pub and Thwaites Visitor Centre.

The Council, Thwaites and The Bureau have worked together to find the most suitable venue and hope to have it up and running in the next few weeks.

The Bureau was used as an arts centre with a cafe, art gallery, cinema and community use room, art studios, darkroom and a venue for live music and a range of community events, and the group is confident it will be able to continue this in the new venue.

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