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IT Sligo lends support to Hawk’s Well renovation

IT Sligo lends support to Hawk’s Well renovation
14 October, 2019

The Hawk’s Well Theatre are delighted to announce a partnership agreement with IT Sligo for three years from 2019 to 2021, in support of the theatre’s renovation plans. IT Sligo have become a Platinum Renovation Patron of the theatre. Renovating the Hawk’s Well is an unprecedented opportunity to develop and secure the theatre for generations to come.

This support from IT Sligo gives a great boost to our renovation fund. We are on target with our fundraising and look forward to sharing plans with the public.” Says Jane Parsons, Fundraiser and Development Manager at Hawk’s Well Theatre.

As part of the agreed partnership, the Hawk’s Well Theatre will continue to collaborate with IT Sligo’s Creative Practice programmes, working closely with the its newly created Yeats Academy of Arts, Design & Architecture (YAADA) department.

President of IT Sligo, Dr Brendan McCormack said the partnership is part of the Institutes ongoing commitment in engaging with external partners in the creative sector;

IT Sligo has outlined the importance of shaping and influencing economic, social and cultural development in the Northwest through its Strategic Plan. This region is rich in cultural heritage and the arts and we are delighted to partner with the Hawk’s Well Theatre which will enrich our students experience and greatly contribute to the arts in Sligo.

The team at the theatre are currently fundraising to renovate the building which is in dire need of capital investment due to physical and technical challenges. Major renovations and improvements are planned at an estimated cost of €1.27 million. These plans include:

  • A landmark rebuild of the theatre’s entrance and foyer space.
  • Essential flood prevention measures to alleviate flooding in the auditorium.
  • Installation of a lift to improve accessibility.
  • Much needed seating upgrades in the auditorium.
  • Long awaited hearing assistance system.
  • Essential backstage and equipment upgrades.

The theatre has secured two major capital grants, €550,000 from the Department of Arts and €78,278 from Sligo LEADER Partnership. Each grant stipulates that the theatre is required to provide match funding in order to access the funds. To date €253,000 had been fundraised by the theatre. €125,000 in funding has also been pledged from Sligo County Council.

Fundraising is currently on target and the team at the theatre hope to share plans with the public in 2020.

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