"Coventry City Council has teamed up with Coventry Artspace to offer empty properties to local artists."
John McGuigan, the council’s director of city development, said: "There is very little we can do to prevent a company from going out of business but we are looking at ways to make the city more attractive. Empty, boarded-up shops knock the confidence of shoppers and other retailers and we need to react to the effects of the downturn. The Artspace project will mean that local artists will have a place to work and exhibit their paintings. It will not only brighten up the city, it could also give artists a chance to sell their work. People coming into the city would much rather see bright paintings instead of boarded-up windows."
Laura Elliott, artist co-ordinator for Coventry Artspace, said: "This is very important for us ... this will be a fantastic opportunity for us to bring art into the city centre. It will attract people into the city, including shoppers, which will be good for other retailers."
05 March 2009
Empty Shops And Art Spaces In Coventry
I'm not going to criticise the city council if they do something innovative and intelligent: