After a very happy few months delivering drop-in art workshops at the library, it has become our dream to set up shop and become permanent residents there. The library staff and FoSL have been fantastic hosts, and while working on tables in the middle of the library has worked well, we hope there may be a better way of doing things.
The upstairs rooms at the front of the library are fantastic spaces but they are not accessible to the public due to the very steep stairs, lack of a lift, and the state of disrepair they are in due to a leaky roof in the past.
For this reason we are conducting a consultation about our idea to make the first floor of Stirchley Library a usable space for the whole community - an art room for Stirchley.
Stirchley Art Room in fact!
Under our plan, Stirchley Art Room would become a tenant of the library. As tenants we could apply for funding to restore the unused spaces of the library in keeping with its listed status, and to make them accessible to the public, for example by installing a lift and accessible fire-escape to the first floor.
Over the next few months we will be doing a feasibility study, working with APEC Architects, Friends of Stirchley Library and Birmingham City Council. We applied for and have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to help us do this.