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Brand Design Creation for Ilkon – Ilkeston Contemporary Arts

Our Client is an established Architect with a large contemporary art collection who has bought, repaired and converted a disused 1936 Methodist Church into a vibrant community arts venue. The area and region is one of the most deprived in the country due to loss of industry and opportunity which poses particular obstacles to engaging in the arts. Our client however had a fantastic free education 1967-1974 at Ilkeston Grammar School which enabled him to study Architecture at Leicester Polytechnic and have a great career establishing a 200 strong architecture practice with studios in 4 countries. He was dismayed to read the 2005 front page Independent newspaper article about his home town’s struggles with crime, deprivation and drugs under the banner headline “Cracktown” The desire to do something to spread the hope, optimism and encouragement which he received from inspirational teachers to the new generation in the community has led to the establishment of Ilkeston Contemporary Arts and the reactivation of a beautiful but neglected historic building incorporating sustainable green technologies.
Our Client funds a full time Artist in Residence to engage with the local community and demystify the world of creative contemporary arts. The organisation is established in 5 “Boards”. Art, Film, Music, Theatre and Events. Each with a specialist expert Chair responsible for establishing an engaging programme in their own field. In addition there is a manager of both the…

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