(image courtesy of ex-Hideaway guests and long term Residence friends Low Profile)
Residence has now been given the sad news that we were not successful in our bid to take on the lease at our building in St Nicholas Street. Its disappointing news, but it is not devastating, we are undeterred! We have been blown away by the amount of support we have been shown by so many people in our campaign. Both locally and nationally people and organisations have got behind Residence, highlighting the value that independent performance artists and theatre makers bring to their communities. We want to extend our gratitude to the hundreds of people who signed our petition, lent their name to our open letter, and for all the emails and phone calls we received offering advice and support.
We want to continue working with those who have got in touch with us and build upon those partnerships to secure a bright future for Residence.
Although this is time of change and challenges for Residence, we are continuing to operate at usual, making new works and performances, whilst we are seeking new premises. At the current time we are in the process of seeking interim accommodation, to allow the work to go on for all of the member artists. However, looking to the longer term we hope that this is an exciting opportunity in disguise for Residence, and we are now looking into options of buying a permanent building more suited to our purpose.