Arts charity Curious Minds to open in Preston Guild Hall

Posted on - 11th August, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
An artist impression of how the Curious Minds headquarters may look

An artist impression of how the Curious Minds headquarters may look

A charity aimed at encouraging young people into the creative sector and the arts is moving to Preston city centre.


Curious Minds has chosen to relocate to Preston Guild Hall from its current home in Burnley.

The charity is moving into the former Council for Voluntary Services offices in the Guild Hall Arcade.

Chief Executive, Derri Burdon, said: “Curious Minds is proud to be moving our head office into the impressive Guild Hall. We share Preston City Council’s and Simon Rigby’s ambition to position the city as a major cultural destination.

“Our plans include the development of a cultural education partnership for Preston, and we look forward to working with partners across the city to ensure children and young people get access to the very best arts and culture.”

Rigby’s vision

The Guild Hall was bought by multi-millionaire Simon Rigby in summer last year and he has pledged to restore it as one of the North West’s leading venues.

Mr Rigby said: “We are delighted to welcome Curious Minds into the Guild Hall, this is a major landmark for our ambitions to make the Guild Hall the centre for Arts in Lancashire. I would like to thank Preston City Council for their help in securing this milestone.”

A real coup

The charity is due to move in during November and Preston City Council said they were looking forward to having Curious Minds in the city centre.

Councillor Peter Rankin, leader of the city council, said: “It is a real coup to welcome Curious Minds in Preston. As a major gateway for Arts funding in the North West, this puts Preston right at the centre of arts funding not only for Lancashire but for the whole of the North West.”

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