Eden District Council announces investment in arts and culture

Eden District Council has appointed Haworth Tompkins and TEAM to lead on two significant projects for the residents of and visitors to the Eden Valley.

Award winning architects Haworth Tompkins are working with Eden District Council, on a feasibility study for the potential redevelopment of the Grade II listed Penrith Town Hall.

Steve Tompkins said "The Town Hall is a key civic building and we’re looking forward to exploring its potential to become a sustainable creative asset for Penrith"

Howarth Tompkins has worked with many of the UK's leading cultural organisations, including the London Library, National Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & the Young Vic. Their projects have won over 150 major design awards, including the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2014, and have been published and exhibited internationally.

TEAM are cultural consultants and producers based in Eden, and in addition to working on the Penrith Town Hall feasibility study have been asked to deliver a three year project developing capacity and programming opportunities for cultural organisations and artists in Eden.

Experienced strategists and producers Conrad Lynch and Deborah Aydon will be leading on this project and commented "We are thrilled to be working with Eden District Council on this exciting piece of work to build capacity in the arts sector and develop a programme that will delight the people of Eden. We look forward to working with artists, makers and companies across the district as we develop ideas for the future".

TEAM works across the arts; producing, managing, marketing and touring high quality work from a range of organisations. They provide a bespoke and comprehensive range of services, tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Clients include Shakespeare’s Globe, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange, Imperial War Museum & Shared Experience. 

Eden District Council knows that a vibrant cultural sector has an important place at the heart of any Council's Corporate Plan and is key to enabling communities to thrive as the district embarks on its recovery from the COVID19 pandemic.

Eden District Council Leader Virginia Taylor said, "The Town Hall in Penrith is an important civic asset and I’m delighted that these two nationally successful organisations are developing ways to repurpose the building into a vibrant asset for Penrith’s future. Town centres everywhere are shifting from places where people go just to buy things, to places where they do things. Arts and culture are a key element in that economic offer - they keep communities connected and creative, provide destinations for tourists and visitors, as well as attracting the skilled working age residents Eden needs".