The arts matter
The arts touch all of our lives - whether watching our favourite television show, listening to music on an iPod going to the cinema or seeing our children perform in a school play.
We want to encourage and nurture people’s innate enthusiasm for the arts, but there is a lack of performing arts space in central Ealing to serve the borough and surrounding area. Indeed, there hasn't even been a cinema in Ealing since 2008.
Major redevelopment is taking place in Ealing. The whole town centre is set to be transformed.
CEPAC says that these developments could and should include a performance and arts centre.
Our Demand Survey, published in October 2013, showed beyond doubt that better arts and culture facilities are needed in central Ealing to bring back local people who now go elsewhere for shopping and entertainment.
The CEPAC-commissioned research from Purple Marketing revealed the high proportion of local people who believe that arts and cultural activities are important to the local community. They also felt that the area around Ealing was not at all well served with performance facilities.
In May 2015, with the support of Ealing Council and several major developers, we commissioned Artservice to write a Feasibility Study that showed how a performance and arts centre would work in the borough.
Yet Ealing is still one of the few London boroughs and significant towns in the UK that has neither an Arts Officer nor a professional performance and arts centre.
Help us to change that.