Signing Up for the Arts

22nd February 2013

Students begin work on transforming an old library building into a vibrant Cultural Arts Centre this month.

Lambeth College has formed a vital partnership with local charity ‘Omnibus’ to save the old Clapham Library building, in Clapham’s Old Town, to develop, refurbish and rebrand it into a fabulous new cultural arts centre.

The centre will be run and administered by a group of individuals who have saved the building from being turned into luxury flats by private developers and are passionate about using it to serve the local community as a destination for art, theatre and education in Lambeth. The centre opens to the public on Saturday 6th April and an impressive line-up of events has already been scheduled to run from spring until the end of the year.

Lambeth College - The Careers College are working closely with Omnibus to support their project work and to provide students with real-life work experience as part of their employability and career preparations. Over the next few months, students will be involved in numerous projects from design work to painting and decorating, carpentry and plastering gaining practical hands-on and teamwork experience.

Media - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma students Faerez Bagna and Sahir Rahman assisted Omnibus in producing the brand logo and outdoor centre sign, recently erected outside the building, and jumped at the opportunity to enhance their creative and technical skills.

Faerez says: “I was delighted to get an opportunity to use my study theory in a real-life working situation. Being part of something new for the community and this local project has been a great experience for me”.

Omnibus General Manager Sam Toolan comments: “It was a great pleasure to work with Faerez and Sahir. They were skilful, professional and courteous throughout and I hope the experience will boost their confidence in securing work in the future. I am proud of the fact that in retaining the old Clapham library building for community use, Omnibus and the local authority have made the creation of opportunities like this possible.”

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Image Gallery

  • Omnibus-001Media students Sahir Rahman and Faerez Bagna (front) with author John O'Farrell and Omnibus Chairman George Owen outside of the new cultural arts centre in Clapham Old Town.
  • Omnibus-002Media students Sahir Rahman and Faerez Bagna (centre) with Omnibus Chairman George Owen (left) and General Manager Sam Toolan outside of the new cultural arts centre in Clapham Old Town.
  • Omnibus-003Omnibus supporters see the development works begin on the new Lambeth Cultural Arts Centre.
  • Omnibus-004Lambeth College Construction students and staff are on-site and ready to begin work on the new Lambeth Cultural Arts Centre in Clapham Old Town.

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