Just 17 months after launching their new business, The New Carnival Company celebrated a move to a fabulous new studio and workspace in Ryde last night (Monday).
The Official Opening of The Coaching House in Ryde marked the start of a new era for the company.
Former Isle of Wight Council Carnival Arts Development Officer, Frankie Goldspink, said:
“We are delighted to be moving back to Ryde to the place where it all started for us in 2002 as part of the Government’s SRB VI Ryde Regeneration Programme.
“Carnival arts development has come a long way since then and continues to thrive and be a major area of growth for the Island in terms of tourism and visitor spend.”
The new premises in Union Road once played host to Queen Victoria’s coaches when she used to visit the Island during the late 1800’s.
“It feels very appropriate to be based here as we know the first recorded Island carnival was held here in Ryde to celebrate The Queens Jubilee in 1887 and no doubt she would have used the facilities of the Coaching House at that time”
The move to new premises from a shared industrial unit in Sandown has been triggered by the expansion of the company and its increasing role as a regional resource for training and development within the carnival sector.
Chris Slann, Executive Director for the New Carnival Company explains:
“The location of the new workspace, only minutes from mainland transport links means that partners and visiting artists can get here quickly and efficiently and be in the centre of a carnival town with all its infrastructure on the doorstep.
“The new premises are just perfect for us, combining a practical workshop and making space with spacious office accommodation for our team of five workers. We are really excited to be here and to be back in the heart of the community.”
The New Carnival Company gets revenue funding from Arts Council England as part of their National Portfolio demonstrating excellence and innovation in the Arts. It also receives support from Isle of Wight Council, Ryde Town Council and Spectrum Housing for Island based projects that engage people and learning through carnival and outdoor arts related participation.
To get involved you can contact them on their new phone number at 01983 716095