Ilfracombe empty shops to get artistic treatment from arts college

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Students from Ilfracombe Arts College are set to convert the town’s empty shops into works for art in an Empty Shops project, which seems to have the support of the whole town, if the story and the comments are anything to go by.

Assistant head of Ilfracombe Arts College Paul Swailes told the North Devon Journal: “We have been looking for some time, for a presence in the High Street and this could be the first step towards this.”

A meeting with Keith Brown from the Devon Reinvestment Service, Ilfracombe Mayor Geoff Fowler and district councillor Paul Yabsley proved fruitful, with suggestions coming for the 22 empty shops to not only display art, but to also be themed to co-incide with the town’s events and also to create performance spaces.

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